Every year, Amanda invites us to reflect back on our year of running. This is my first year really taking part and just thinking about what I wanted to talk about has been good for me. I ended up running 4 halfs (and I really wanted to do two more), I PR’ed the 5K and just got stronger. I really fell into a rhythm this year like no year before. I’m enjoying some downtime but also looking forward to a strong year ahead!
Best Race Experience
Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles – This race happened pretty much at the peak of my mileage so I felt strong the entire race, the temperatures were amazing and the people were even better! I even managed to cut 4 minutes off my time for the year. I think any race where I get to mingle with Team Chocolate Milk Teammates, Pavey, and Stuft Mama, it’s gotta be good.
Hands down, the 5K at Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago. When you get to pace with Shalane Flannigan, you know the chances of PR’ing a race are pretty good and that’s exactly what happened. I have never see times like that at a race before and it really made me ask myself…”what more can I do?” I accomplished one of my 2014 goals which was to beat my PR!
Best New Gear
This is a toss up between the New Balance Fresh Foam Running Shoe (seen in the picture above) and wireless earbuds. I am highly dependent (to a fault) on music when I run and having the freedom to separate my phone from my earphones has been awesome for me. You can check out my gift guide for my recommendation on a pair.
Best Piece of Running Advice
I agree with Christine on this one. I loved and message behind “Embrace the suck”. There is a great article by pro triathlete Chris McCormack about how you have to learn to embrace the suck. Pushing to a limit I didn’t know existed in the 5K in Chicago, I really had to overcome and push through when it was so unpleasant.
Most Inspirational Runner
Everyone that I ran with at every race and every one of you that helps me get and stay motivated. I have been so inspired by your stories, your perseverance, your passion. We are a community and it’s in that community that I draw my strength. You all have no idea seriously how much you mean to me. We might not be able to run together physically but it doesn’t matter.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Exciting, Strong and Addicting
I feel like I overcame a huge hurdle when it comes to wrapping my brain around 13.1. It doesn’t scare me like it use to. I actually look forward to running it. I wasn’t there at the beginning of the year.
I’m still trying to pull together my 2015 goals but as soon as I figure them out, I’ll share. One thing I do know for certain is that I’ll be starting the year with a bang in Phoenix for Rock ‘n’ Roll AZ in January. Come and run with me! I’ll even give you $15 off to do it! Use code: MOMSLRBAZ and meet me in sunny, warm Arizona in January.