Best Race Experience
I would have to say my best race experience of 2012 was the Rock-n-Roll Chicago 1/2 marathon or the Wineglass 1/2 marathon. The RnR Chicago was my second slowest 1/2 marathon, 2:02:02 (out of 14) but it was my first "race" back after dealing with plantar fasciitis. It was my longest run since my time off. It was such a fun experience! I loved every step of that run. I guess when you are injured and you can run again you appreciate ate it that much more! Plus, I loved running Chicago! What an amazing city!
|mom and I after 2012 RnR Chicago|
|Finish of 2012 Wineglass 1/2|
I also loved running a 5k with my daughter! She is 5 and loved that she wanted to run! We had a lot of fun. I also ran a mile race with her earlier in the fall and she ran a sub 10!
This would have to be a day that I ran while my daughter was at dance. All my easy runs were hovering around 9:00-9:10 pace and they felt like a struggle. I had been on the comeback from injury and my body was just not wanting to get with it. I had been on the comeback for two months and my runs weren't "clicking". Well, this particular day, I headed out for 7 miles. I felt awesome! Miles just started flying by. I ended with 7 miles at 8:24 pace and felt like I could of run forever. My easy pace seem to dramatically drop. Muscle memory?
Best New Piece of Gear
This would have to be Hoka One One running sneakers! These sneakers have saved my running! After dealing with Plantar Fasciitis for 1 1/2 years in and out of the boot and trying many different sneakers. I have been running pain free since I made the switch! I truly love these sneakers!
|They may look like moon shoes but they are heaven on my feet!|
I also have fallen in love with Oiselle Running Clothes. The Lesley tights are an instant favorite as are the Stripey shirt, Runfinity scarf, t-shirts, Distance Shorts and the Trials Hoodie! Can't wait to add more to my collection in 2013!
Best Piece of Running Advice Received
Enjoy the run! My mom told me if it I am not having fun and enjoying than I shouldn't be doing it. I know that some runs are going to be harder than others. But I run because I love it and have put that back into my daily training!
Most Inspirational Runners
First, I would I have to say my mom. She may not be the fastest one out there but she gets out there and gives it her all. This year my mom committed to run for Team Livestrong and raise money for cancer research in memory of a high school friend of mine, Dana Carr. Dana was an amazing person with an amazing attitude about life. Dana was dealt some tough cards. He was hit by a motorcycle while training on his bike and left paralyzed. Dana was later diagnosed with cancer for a second time. As hard as Dana fought he passed in December 2009. My mom was running NYC in his memory. Unfortunately she didn't get the chance but she will in 2013.
Second, would be my friend "sole sister", Kelli. Kelli has become such a fast runner through so much hard work and dedication. Kelli always has an encouraging word for me when I am feeling down about my running. I am truly lucky to have her as a friend!
|Grill pic after a day of shopping in Ithaca instead NYC marathon|
How was your 2012? Did you achieve your goals? Best of Luck and Happy 2013!