I’ll start off by saying that it was a great success. I came in 2014 not knowing if I would even be continuing to run, thinking I wouldn’t make it work since working full time. The biggest thing I’ve had to do this year is to actually make time to exercise and what I’ve learned is that there is always time. I ended up becoming a person that just had to get up and go run because I just had to keep on adding the miles, striving to beat my own personal records month after month. I just had to work out. A year ago, I was about halfway there – now, I know I just can’t go back to how I used to be.
I took this survey from thedancingrunner‘s blog – I’ve been meaning to do this, and with the New Year on the horizon, what better time to do it? 🙂
1. Best Race Experience
You’d think I’d say the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, but as much as I love my hometown of San Francisco and how awesome it was to finally complete a half, my best experience was the Dairy Aire 5k last March. I chose this race because it was the first time I had ever placed FIRST in my age range, which completely took me by surprise. It was the first of more age group placing later on in the year. Winning that medal was a great achievement: from being always one of the last runners in my cross country team to finish back then, it meant a lot. This race was my 5k PR as well, and I still have not beaten it to this day… although, I’m really trying!
2. Best Run?
My best run would not be a race. I would have to say my best run was my absolute first 13.1 mile run, which was back in late September. It was the perfect morning: grey skies, cool winds. I took my time, ran by feel, and ended up setting a PR of 2:30. This was faster than Nike, but I don’t really count it because I did take a lot of breaks (I had to eat!), which meant pausing my RunKeeper app frequently. Regardless, this was still my favorite run ever this year just because I felt so good afterwards, and it was the first time ever that I had run that distance.
3. Best New Piece of Gear?
My Yurbuds Race Case, of course! An ideal thing for those who like to run with their phone in their hand. Too bad it didn’t protect my phone well enough when I fell on the sidewalk. Because of how I fell, I used my hand to protect my fall, which ended up with me cracking my phone in the process.
4. Best Piece of Running Advice You’ve Ever Received?
JUST DO IT. I’m not even kidding. Thanks, Nike.
5. Most Inspirational Runner?
MYSELF, DUH! Just kidding. To me, it’s a tie between the American elite runners, Meb Keflezighi and Shalene Flanagan. Meb because my goodness, HE WON THE BOSTON MARATHON (and with Sketchers.. I still can’t fathom how) and was just inspirational in his own right. He’s also incredibly humble and just showed that sometimes, running from the heart gets you through. Shalene because she tried so hard this year. Even though she didn’t exactly win the records she was reaching for, she still PR’ed in both Boston and Berlin. Pretty much saying, regardless of not winning both titles, she kicked ass. Living proof that while you can always strive for a larger goal, there are always other achievements along the way that you can attain.
6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?
Consistent support and love of family, friends, and my significant other. (That’s a lot of words, actually)
Farts while running.
I hope that you all have a great New Year – BRING ON THE BEER!
Till next YEAR! 😉