Last year I recapped my year of running and I have to admit I’ve very much been looking forward to recapping 2015. This has been an incredible year of running. I’ve earned several new PR’s, travelled to multiple races and learned a lot about myself along the way.
Overall this year I ran one marathon, seven half-marathons, three 10kms and two 5kms. Yes, I was busy and the progress on my medal hanger definitely shows it.
Best Race Experience
Hands down, the best race experience I had this year was at Ragnar Relay So Cal. There is no experience quite like running three times in 36 hours, sleeping in a van and getting to know 10 strangers very quickly!
My last race of the year in San Antonio was absolutely my best. I went in with no expectations for pace or time and crushed my PR. I learned so much about myself in that race and gained a ton of confidence. I went out with a bang and now I can’t wait to work on my running goals in 2016.
Best new piece of gear
I can’t pick one, I have three!
First, my Garmin Forerunner 220. Truthfully this is brand new to me and I’ve only used it once in San Antonio. However, having the ability to sync directly to an app on my phone and look at my performance is groundbreaking to me. I am already in love with it.
Second, Electrolyte Replace SR tablets. I struggle with side stitches and cramps during long runs and races. I don’t like to run with an electrolyte drink as well as water so these tablets changed my life. I take two before a long run and cramps are non-existent!
Third, Pro Compression marathon elite socks. If you haven’t noticed from all my running photos, I love Pro Compression socks. Then they improved them, even more, when they introduced their marathon elite socks which have increased padding in the toe and heel plus increased compression through the calf. Sadly they are sold out right now but keep your eye on their website for when they come back because they are worth it!
Best piece of running advice you’ve received
From my friend, Leana, “In order to push past your perceived limits, you have to be okay with possibly failing.” My fear of hitting the wall or failing at my goal has prevented me from really pushing and seeing what my body is capable of. San Antonio was the first time I just let my body do what it wanted and I couldn’t believe the results. Her advice was spot on.
Most Inspirational Runner
How do I possibly choose one inspirational runner? I look on Instagram and get inspired daily by so many different people. It doesn’t matter if they run fast or slow, once in a while or daily. If you’re out there running, you are inspiring me.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year
My sister took this picture of me as I finished off the Edmonton half-marathon. It wasn’t my best race, but I had a strong finish and you can see in the photo that I am giving it everything that I have. Plus…rainbows!
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat
Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon. I have a love for Seattle and everything about this race was fantastic. Perfect weather, gorgeous course and I had the best time running my second marathon. Right after this race I knew immediately I wanted to run another marathon.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
I can sum up this year in one word – Racecation. This year was all about destination races. I traveled to Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas and San Antonio to race. Traveling and running are my two of my greatest passions so combining them is the best possible experience. I feel so incredibly blessed that I had the opportunity to travel to all these races. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun.
Thanks Courtney for hosting this link-up! If you’re a runner, join in and tell us about your year of running.