I love Miss Zippy's idea of reflecting on the year in running, so I'm joining in the fun. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the year, thanks to her prompts:
Best race experience? Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage, no question. I don't know what more to say about it, since I said A LOT already in my epic race recap. It really helped me get back my running mojo after an injury and the disappointment of a bummer race in Eugene. If you've never run an overnight relay, I HIGHLY recommend it!
Best run? Ah, as I've said before, I think my favorite runs are training runs. That's when I feel the zen, the stress melt away, and just enjoy. But, my second leg of Ragnar was pretty darn awesome. I wasn't super stressed about my time, I was immersed in the sense of camaraderie that Ragnar fosters, and just had such overwhelming run-love as I watched the sun set and crested a hill towards the exchange where all of my teammates were cheering.
Best new piece of gear? I bought my first GPS watch this year and really LOVE it! I got the Garmin Forerunner 210 and, of course, I'm already thinking the new 220 that just came out (with the touch screen and all the whistles and bells) looks pretty awesome... I also love, love, love my Oiselle strappy bras that came out this year. They are super supportive, compressive, comfortable, and look really stylin' - I get questions and comments on them ALL the time at the gym.
Best piece of running advice you've received? I was really inspired by Lauren Fleshman's talk at the Eugene Marathon expo, which she expounded upon in this Runner's World article. She also talked about how she's had struggles with negative thoughts and fears during races. Hearing her talk about changing the conversation in her head was really great food for thought.
|"Are you sure we ran 3.1 miles? Felt like .1"|