I saw this post from Organic Runner Mom and Eat, Pray, Run DC and thought it was a great idea! I keep a running scrapbook of all my races, pictures, race bibs, etc. so it was fun to look back and see what exactly I did this year for running.
I actually started this post thinking “but I didn’t run/race much this year” and then I realized I ran 11 races this year including three half marathons, one 10 miler, one 10k, and six 5k. I also ran in 8 new states! That is the most half marathons I’ve done in one year and the most states I’ve done in one year. So I guess it was a pretty eventful and productive running year. It’s just been such a crazy year outside of running that I can’t even believe some of these races took place this year, it seems like so long ago!
Best race experience
Wrightsville Beach half marathon in March. This was a fun weekend getaway with 3 of my girlfriends from high school. And I got a 9 minute PR so I was pretty pumped!
Women Run the Cities 10 Miler – it was a beautiful course and a very supportive and fun (women only) running atmosphere. And I like the medal a lot.
Most inspirational runner
So many runners inspire me including my Running Inspiration interviewees: Brian & Lindsey, Maria, and Kristi. Other running bloggers that inspire me are Janae (she ran a 3:10:14 marathon after throwing up and being unable to hold down any fuel), Jen (she ran a 4:05:57 marathon after twisting her knee at mile 11), and Maddie (she ran her first marathon in 3:59:57 after suffering from ITBS and missing several weeks of training) to name a few. These runners inspire me and give me motivation as I begin to head into my second full marathon training.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year
Biggest Loser Eau Claire half marathon picture – I feel elite looking like I’m leading the pack!
Also – meeting Kara Goucher at the Twin Cities marathon expo (I didn’t run, I was giving a presentation on nutrition for runners)
Also – DC Color Run pic with my roomies during my time in Virginia (I miss them!)
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat
Biggest Loser half marathon. I would do one in another city; it was just a really great race experience and overall atmosphere.
Also the Turkey Day 5k because it’s now a tradition!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Lots of fun, traveling, and changes…
Best running advice you’ve received this year
I’m struggling with this one so I will ask if you all received any running advice this year?
Looking forward to most in 2016
Fight for Air Climb – I have never done a stair climbing race so this will be interesting!
Big Sur Marathon!
Picture from the Big Sur Marathon Facebook page
Hoping to knock off another state or two after the marathon. Nothing on the books yet!