So here it is, my End of Year Reflection on this year’s running! I’m using the same format that I used in 2013 and 2012. I got it from Theodora’s blog, but a few weeks ago I saw Angela use it, crediting Miss Zippy. So I have no idea who came up with it, but it’s a great way of thinking things through.
It’s been quite an odd year as regards running. It started with me nailing two PRs – a 10k in February and a half-marathon in March. This period was obviously awesome, and I followed it in April with a fantastic race on Angel Island, which I loved. But then, running scaled down dramatically to support the Husband on his Ironman journey. I struggled to get back into my groove. I over-trained and exhausted my legs, but have finished the year by falling back in love with running and training, whilst I try out my own peculiar version of 80/20 and pushing it for a birthday PR come February. So it’s been quite the roller-coaster of a year.
Here are the highlights.
Best Race Experience
Ironically, it wasn’t my race. My best race experience, hands down, was the Husband’s Ironman in July. It was like being at the Olympic Games, from the scale of the operation! Utterly brilliant, from start to finish. So many tears.
If I had to pick my OWN best race experience, it would be Ragnar Napa. Not because of the seamless race organization (ahem) but because of the awesome time I had with twelve awesome people. I was buzzing on Ragnar adrenaline long after the sleep deprivation had gone!
An Honourable Mention goes out to my other relay, the MUCH better organized Wild West Relay. Napa pipped it to the post because there was oxygen available!
Most Inspiring Runner
Without being soppy, it would be all of you – my online and real-life running friends. For your achievements, your tenacity, your dedication, your PRs and your disasters.
If I had to pick a ‘famous’ runner, it would probably be UK runner Jo Pavey who, in 2014 won bronze at the 10k at the Commonwealth Games and then won gold at the European Championships. The gold came just 10 months after giving birth to her second child and when Jo herself was heading towards her 41st birthday. She has come so close to winning significant medals in the past but never quite made it and yet somehow, this was her year. For this girl, turning 40 in a few weeks, I find this incredibly inspiring. It makes me want to run harder and to see what my 40s have in store! Watch this little video as she goes for gold.
My Best Run
Without a shadow of a doubt, it was THIS run in Vancouver, the week before Ironman. The Husband and I ran round Stanley Park, me pushing the Dude in the stroller. Somehow, that 6 mile stroller-run was effortless, like gliding. The route was beautiful and I just ran and ran for over an hour with my heart singing! And then we got brunch!
Best New Gear
I do love my Garmin 220. It does everything I need it to do and I love using it. I’m also quite smitten with my new Hokas, but the Garmin wins.
Best Running Advice
I’ve come to the conclusion that running a 10k race 30 second faster, or so, won’t make me happier. But running in beautiful places will. That’s quite an insight which has completely changed the way I run, and made it more fun and more meaningful.
I love chasing PRs, I get a lot of pleasure from both the training and the achievement, but I need to remember what Sara says to keep me taking pleasure in running.
Most Exciting Moment
This is embarrassing but somehow getting into the UK’s TrailRunner magazine would be it.
It’s not been a bad year for a girl, has it!