Thanks to Miss Zippy for the theme of the post. At the end of last year I was starting to find a new normal after the hurricane. 2013 has really been a year of moving past the storm. I did more than a few media interviews regarding life after Sandy, but for the majority of the year I have been focused on running.
Best Race Exeperience: My best race experience is quite obvious if you know me at all. I finally after years of trying, ran the NYC Marathon on 11/3. The entire experience was something that I will never forget. New York Road Runners Club treated me to like Cinderella at the ball. My friend and I were in a heated tent before the start and then literally started the first orange wave. I even did an interview mid-race with the editor in chief of Runner’s World magazine that my kids saw from home on TV. I saw my husband and my friends just as I crossed the finish line. It was MY race. Nothing will ever compare.
Best Run: I would have to say that my best run of 2013 would be all of the training runs I did with my teammates. The very best would be my 20 mile run. It was really difficult and I wanted to quit, but my teammate and friend Danielle pulled me through it. Even though her longest run prior was a half marathon the weekend before, she ran 15 miles with me and smiled that entire time.
Best New Piece of Gear: Garmin was generous enough to replace the 610 that I lost in the storm. I do not know what I would do without that watch. It has gotten me through speed work and many long runs with the ability to check split my splits, elevations and even map my course for future reference.
Best Run Advice You Received – In 2013 I had the pleasure of working with two amazing running coaches. Jess got me out of a dark place after the storm curbed my running. She got me on track and coached me to not one, but two half marathon PRs that I could not have imagined were possible. Then I trained for the marathon with Michelle, which was great especially when I could do my long runs as she lapped me through the streets of Staten Island. The best advice I got from them both was to stop unestimating myself. If I had a dollar for every time each of them told me that I was faster than I thought, I’d buy something nice.
Most Inspirational Runner: Every single person who keeps going out and putting one foot in front of the other.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Best Year Ever!
How was your year of running?