I’ve seen some of these 2012 wrap-up posts around the internet and really liked the format used by a couple of bloggers, so I’ve nicked it to use it myself.
Best Race Experience
I ran five races this year so not exactly a wealth of experience to choose from. But no matter how many races I ran, I think I’d choose the Healdsburg Half. Primarily because I PR’d beyond my wildest dreams but also because the race was so well organized and such a pleasure to run. And I got to meet the lovely Angela and Jen as well. One of the best days of the year!
Most inspirational runner/s
I was very much inspired this year by all the running blogs that I read, and the amazing women who write them. I don’t find myself inspired by Olympic athletes – thrilling as they are. They are beyond my reach, I will never be Paula Radcliffe. But bloggers are girls just like me who run, push themselves and get faster. There was a period in the early Autumn when it felt like every blogger was training, doing her big race and PR-ing madly. I found it SO inspirational, I desperately wanted to be one of that gang…and Healdsburg came out of it. So thank you all so much if you’re one of the blogs I read. I have loved reading along and I am a better runner because of you.
I think it has to be my first (and currently, only) trail run in November. The utter buzz that I got from it lasted for ages and I still grin madly when I think about it. I can’t wait to run more trails in 2013. Seriously can’t wait.
Best new piece of gear
I have two. I can’t choose. Firstly, the ProFoot Plantar Fasciitis insole that I got back in March – I had a moderate case of PF and it was stopping me running. I read a review of the insoles on Alyssa’s blog, bought some and have seriously not looked back.
But I also credit getting some running data for the improvement in my running this year – so my iPhone and Nike Plus must share the honours. The iPhone also makes me feel much safer, for which I’m grateful.
Your running year in a couple of words
Faster than expected.
Best piece of running advice you received
I can’t remember who said it, and it’s probably just common sense so I should have realised it before, but somewhere I read that in order to run faster, you have to practise running faster. And a light dawned. So I started practising running faster…and I am indeed a little faster now than I was at the start of the year. I’m going to practise a little harder in 2013.
Most exciting running moment
Maybe not ‘exciting’ but my ‘best’ running moment was starting the blog back in May. I think there’s something very special about writing – the blog has focussed me, made me reflect more on my training, has made me more willing to get out of my comfort zone and BE uncomfortable. I have met (either virtually or in real life) some fantastic runner girls and I’ve really loved blogging this year.
And that was 2012. I’m so excited about 2013.
Happy New Year, everyone. See you next year!!