Normally I love recapping my year and reflecting back.
This year? It’s been such a struggle that I’m honestly not super excited to look back, but I am because I’m sure there are some lessons to be learned.
Best Race Experience
It honestly took a lot of thinking on this one, I’d think probably SeaWheeze. I didn’t PR, but I ran a very solid race and I felt the best I ever have at the end of a run. It was also the last race where I felt good and strong in 2015.
Let's talk about this race (this AMAZING race). Yesterday I woke up at 5:45 and stood in line until 10am for the #seawheeze store. Then I had a fan-freaking-tastic lunch with @vega_team and did some pre-race yoga. I realized at 10pm I forgot my orthotics at home and had to walk to Shoppers to buy some. I logged 20,000 steps yesterday. Today I woke up to rain and cold and managed to nearly PR. Talk about an awesome race!!!! @lululemon #seawheeze #vansweaty #cowgirlruns #runchat #runvan
I think the runner-up would be all of the Spruce Meadows events because they were fab.
Since I’ve already mentioned SeaWheeze and Spruce Meadows, this will definitely be the RnR STL Half Marathon that I ran with Ann (and have yet to recap). We went into the race with the goal of finishing in 2:30 (which we did……exactly) and just had a great time running together.
We don’t often get to run together (different countries and all) but when we do, it’s always a fantastic time.
Best New Piece of Running Gear
I purchased clothing this year, but didn’t buy a ton of new gizmos or gadgets, so I suppose the shoes I’ve been running in since May and that have kept me mostly not injured.
Best Running Advice You Received
That nothing stands out to me, is pretty telling of how not awesome 2015 was for me running-wise. Yes, looking back I had some fun races, but when I factor in training and injuries, it was pretty blah.
Most of the advice centered around taking a break and getting new shoes.
Most Inspirational Runner
My friend Kaella. She’s had a rough year and managed to race her butt off and train for NYC Marathon while juggling work and her awesome son, London. I’m seriously in awe of what she can pack into a day since I can barely manage myself and Merlin on some days.
She makes me want to push harder and see where I can go (after my injury is healed, of course).
I’ve mentioned a few times that Minneapolis was by far the hardest marathon I’ve ever done, but these pictures….. You can see Ann and I go from having a great time, to hating life, to being glad we finished because we didn’t think we would.
Race Experience You Would Repeat
Running with my mom in October. Though we’ve both been runners for a while, this was actually the first time we’ve raced together. I’m crossing my fingers I’m healed and strong and am able to run a half with her in 2016.
If You Could Sum Up Your Year – What Would It Be?
Ready for a new year. For whatever reason, 2015 just wasn’t my year. I went into it with grand plans to learn how to be a stronger and better runner and I ended up struggling and injured. I’m certain there’s a lesson in here somewhere (strength train? don’t ignore your weaknesses? don’t register for races 9 months in advance?) but for now, I’m ready to move past 2015, spend the winter recovering and debut with a strong half at the Calgary Marathon.
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How would you describe your 2015 season?
As a Calgary Marathon ForeRunner, I have been given an entry to participate in the 2016 race, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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