My Year in Running

Best race experience?  It’s got to be my 5k leg of the Bass Pro Marathon Relay that I ran in early November.  It was my first race after having my second baby. and I totally blew my goal time out of the water.  It was really fun to do a run with my co-workers, too.  (And we beat the Health Department team after they trash-talked us the whole week before!  Booyah.)

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Actually… was that my only race this year?  Oh, no, I also did the Color Run in April (when I was 23 weeks pregnant — more like the Color Walk.)  And there was this:

NOT the Happiest 5K on the Planet for this little boy.

NOT the Happiest 5K on the Planet for this little boy.  This was 8 months ago and he still talks about it.  Except now his version of events goes like this:  “I got too much yellow.  I got a little fussy.”  Uh huh.  A little…

Best run?  I have really good memories of a run on a warm day in February with my running buddy Amanda.  I think it was one of the last days I was able to run before I was diagnosed with low-lying placenta and had to go on some exercise restrictions.  We came across this Valentine’s themed yarn bomb on a sculpture in Park Central Square and I just couldn’t resist having her take my picture with it.

Valentine's yarn bomb!

Valentine’s yarn bomb!

Best new piece of gear?  Arm warmers.  I got hot pink ones from Saucony and they live in my gym bag all the time.  They hardly take up any room and they’ve come in handy many times when I didn’t pack quite warm enough clothes for the weather.

Best piece of running advice you received?  From lots and lots of people when I was whining about feeling like I would never get back into shape after having a baby: take it day by day, be patient, cut yourself some slack, and keep working at it.

Yep -- he was worth it.  Even if my stomach still hasn't quite recovered.

Yep — he was worth it. Even if my stomach still hasn’t quite recovered.

Most inspirational runner?  Laura of Mommy Run Fast.  She’s a super speedy runner, but I was really inspired with how she took a recent injury in stride and backed out of a big race and took some time off to heal fully.  She also writes a great running blog, runs a menu planning link-up with lots of healthy recipes, and has a super cool health coaching business.  Maybe I want to be Laura when I grow up?

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?  Even when I can’t run, I am still a runner.

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Three cheers for running buddies!

How was your Year in _________(whatever it is that you love to do)?  

This post was inspired by Jan from Running on Fumes, linking up with Miss Zippy.

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29 thoughts on “My Year in Running

  1. Great post! I am 28 weeks right now and can’t run, and feel lost! I think about running all the time, and count down the days until I can run again. I love your quote “Even when I can’t run, I’m still a runner”. I feel like running is inside of me just waiting to come back, it’s such a big part of who I am. I’m not speedy by any means, but I love to run so much I can’t wait to get back into it. April here I come! 🙂
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  2. Love this post – you are a runner, no matter what stage you are in. 🙂 Here’s my spin on your question: how was your year in writing? The answer is that is was great. Like tending a garden, I’ve been “watering” my book most days by interviewing others, writing content and planning, with the intention of finishing the first draft by the end of January. 🙂
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  3. Great achievements! I love exercising but I am not a runner… However, last year I set myself the challenge of doing a 10 km race. I did it, despite spraining my ankle a month before! I was quite proud of myself. Great pics, especially the one of the running buddies! xx
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  4. I didn’t run through any of my pregnancies and in retrospect, I really wish I had. No chances for a re-do there though 🙂

    I saw a running summary on Love Life Surf – I think she was linking up with Miss Zippy too – and started drafting my own. Hoping to post it later this week. I’m all about these year end summaries. They’re a lot of fun.
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    • That is awesome! I really want to focus on strength gains in 2014. And PR in a half-marathon. Those may not really be compatible, eh? So many goals, so little time…

  5. What a great photo of you pregnant in your running gear! And I love what you said about being a runner even when you don’t run. That’s how I feel about photography and writing. Sometimes we have to step away for physical and emotional reasons, but we always find our ways back to what we are.
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  7. I love this! I am not running right so I have to agree with your comment- I too feel like, ‘once a runner, always a runner!’ And I absolutely love that your son thought he got a little cranky. What an awesome picture you have to prove otherwise!!

    • That race will be forever embedded ing memory. He was so upset that I ended up carrying him most of the rest of the race, and having tons of contractions the next day (I was 23 wks pregnant at the time) because I overdid it so much! Luckily they calmed down with some rest.

  8. My year in running was non-existent. I pulled my back at the end of Jan & am still dealing with the pain. I went running once in Oct to test it out and then decided I wasn’t ready 🙁 My year in scrapbooking/creating wasn’t so hot either. But I actually just caught up to the month of Dec in my Project Life and I’ll be starting my Dec Daily album next week, so that’s a win! Loved your recap!
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    • I hope you blog a little bit about your Dec Daily album! I decided it was too much for me this year, and to just focus on finishing my PL album. Last night I ignored the piles of clean laundry that needed to be folded and I am caught up through Dec. 1. I hope your back starts feeling better soon! I hate injuries that seem to linger and linger.

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