I might be a lazy blogger at times, but I just can’t resist the “end-of-the-year” blog post summarizing the highs and lows of the past year. I’ll save my resolutions (past and future) for the next post — this one is more of a highlight reel (with some low-lights too).
Copying Miss Zippy’s format, here’s my year in running:
- Best race experience? No question about it, the Big Sur International Marathon was my “race of the year”, not because I ran a PR (I didn’t), but because of the gorgeous course and fantastic race conditions. It was also the first marathon where I felt totally in control and executed my race strategy fairly well… up to mile 22-23, anyway. 😉
Runner up: Kaiser Half, where I finally ran a sub-2 hourhalf marathon, after many attempts, and in the cold, pouring rain, no less. I loved it!
- Best run? It’s hard to name just one run in particular, but I have to say that the (almost) monthly trail runs that I’ve done with Cathryn & friends have been so much fun. We’ve explored many different parks, as well astried quite a few brunch spots!
- Best new piece of gear? Definitely the Mio Link wrist heart rate monitor. I would’ve never gotten through MAF training without it.
- Best piece of running advice you received? This is a hard one… I think I have to go with those of you who encouraged me to skip the Big Basin Trail Marathon. I’m positive that I would’ve been sidelined a lot longer with my ambiguous hip injury if I had gone for it, and I’m even more sure that I would’ve DNF’ed. So thanks to everyone who gave me sensible advice to help me take a step back and consider the bigger picture. I learned that DNS stands for “did not start”, and also “did nothing stupid”. (Clever quip credited to Mike.)
- Most inspirational runner? She’s probably high on a lot of runner’s lists, but I’d have to say Shalane Flanagan. She really put herself out there at both Boston and Berlin this year and ran with such courage. Her performances were the embodiment of one of my favorite mottos: “Go Big or Go Home.”
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? “Roll with the punches.” This was the first year I had to take a significant amount of time off due to running, and I learned a lot from it.
Miles (through 12/30; I may run a few tomorrow, the 31st): 1,038
- (2) 5Ks
- (1) 10 miler
- (3) half marathons – 2 road, 1 trail
- (1) 30K (trail)
- (2) marathons
- (1) relay
Miles raced: 143.5
PRs: (not counting new distances with automatic PRs)
– 1:58:51 half-marathon @ Kaiser. Bettered previous PR by 1 min 46 sec.
Age Group Awards: 1 — 3rd (out of 35) at 5K on the Bay
When I look back on 2014, I see that I pushed my body too hard in the spring, which forced me to DNS my first trail marathon and take almost all of June off from running. It was a good lesson to learn, and I spent the rest of the year easing my way back into running, slowly building up mileage and intensity. In terms of racing, I had some really strong finishes that I was proud of, namely at Kaiser and 5K on the Bay, but also some disappointing finishes where I quit mentally with less than a mile to go. Tenacity is something I hope to work on in 2015.
Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!