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