Miss Zippy posted her annual Year of Running link up and since this blog is about running when it’s not about eating, I had to join into the party. So fashionable late, but still arriving me 2013 moments.
Best Race Experience:
My races tend to kinda be a solo battle. I will chat and socialize before and after, but everything from start to finish is a battle I hold on my own and I like to avoid casualties. However, when I ran the Adirondack’s Marathon in September, I had a very special buddy! It was Tony’s first! My first race where I didn’t run for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I would love a PR, but crossing someone across their first marathon finish line is something else.
I tend to be selfish and don’t like to give up my own races, but it was worth it. We crossed the finish line in under 4:30, under-trained, but still successful. Now Tony is signed up for RnR NOLA in Feb & Atlanta marathon in March. So, yes, one marathon not race, but I’d say a worth investment for a marathon buddy.
It’s technically a race, but since I’ve never truly raced on a trail, I’ll call this my best run of 2013.
My friend Katharina introduced me to this Fat Ass event and I hope to return every year I can! The actual Fat Ass is 50K (31 miles) but you can opt for 25K (15.5 Half ass) like we did. I hope to be back in 2014 in full Fat Ass mode! It’s a free event on a beautiful (but difficult) sand dune trail and it probably nothing like any other run I do all year.
Best new piece of gear?
There’s nothing about what I’m wearing that I don’t love. All are new from 2013 from the Mizuno Wave Sayonara to Pink ProCompression Socks to my Reebok shorts, but if I had to pick one? Reebok PWR hot shorts! Modesty aside and weather, it’s all I would run in if I could. Finding clothes that fit a 5 tall lady, is hard work, and when I find those pieces, I don’t let go.
Best piece of running advice you received?
My friend Gail said something along the lines, if the mind is going, it’s electrolytes, if your body is feeling tired it’s calories. She’s only ran like a gazzillion marathons, so I’ve applied this philosophy for fueling and so far it’s working.
Most inspirational runner?
Fauja Singh – 102 and still running! I hope that’s me in the future.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
New distances, new places, new terrain, old and new great friends