It’s been a rollercoaster year, running-wise. In the Woot column we’ve got running my second marathon (after I swore in 2012 that I wouldn’t run the 26.2 ever again), a Lynch family Superhero 5k, checking off several more states from my Run in 50 States list, and breaking the 1,000 mile mark for the year (expecting to close the year around 1,170).
In the Blarg column, there was a really rough HM where I set a personal worst time, an August where I barely ran at all, and 5k times that stubbornly refused to dip below 25 minutes.
On balance, though, 2013 was another year where I enjoyed roaming around on my own two feet and demolishing any food that wasn’t pinned down after my LRs. Here are my highlights for #yearofrunning2013:
- Best race experience? Superhero 5K in October with my husband & our son, hands down. Team Banana FTW!
- Best run? Every long run where I didn’t break a bone (I wasn’t always so lucky in 2012)
- Best new piece of gear? I didn’t do anything wild and different with most of my running gear this year – stuck to my Kinvaras & other Sauconys; carried my Nathan handheld bottle around; sucked down Honey Stingers & PB Gu. But I did finally admit that, yes, I’m a runner, and runners sometimes wear tights. I love the compression pair from Old Navy and the insulated pair from Athleta so much, I may never go back to sweatpants.
- Best piece of running advice you received? “Received” and “acted upon” may not be exactly the same here, but I’m convinced Jason Fitzgerald’s unwavering insistence that runners make strength training part of their routine has been key to preventing injuries for me. You know, when I actually do it….
- Most inspirational runner? This is hard to nail down to just one person or group. In the aggregate, every person who ran & spectated Boston in 2013 and dealt with that awful tragedy is inspirational to me. In the specific, my Flailmate Drew for getting sh*t done and grabbing his new PR at the TC marathon.
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? The brain is the most important muscle for running.
Runners, how about you? How did your 2013 shake out?