Best Race Experience– This would would definitely be running the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in DC. This race was my first ultra and crossing the finish line was euphoric!
Best Run– My best run was the Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon back in March. The temperature was cold and I always feel light on my feet and strong when it’s that cold. At the starting line, my friend Alison said you can do a 7:45 pace”. I thought she was crazy, but I did it! That morning I actually came in with a 7:42 pace. A true friend believes in you even when you don’t believe in yourself.
Best New Piece of Gear– The best new pieces of gear I’ve acquired are my Oiselle Roga Shorts and my Saucony Cortana 2
The Roga shorts are like running in silk boxers, and with the Cortanas I’ve run more miles free of knee pain, which in the past has been a lingering issue for me.
Best piece of running advice you’ve received– This is funny, because people are always trying to offer their two cents, and my feeling is that everyone is different. I don’t have one piece of advice that stands out, but anything and everything that my friend Alison has ever told me is accurate, so I follow her advise most of the time, when I don’t, I always end up saying “you told me so”. TriBeccaTO and Quadrathon recently gave me the Runner’s World Book Run Less Run Faster although, I’ll caveat that I have modified the book’s training plan a bit to suit my needs; so far, it is working for me personally.
Most Inspirational Runner– Do I have to pick one? One moment that stands out as inspirational to me was when Shiawase Life PR’ed at the Baltimore Marathon and when Pavement Runner ran a muddy 50 miler. More runners who inspires me daily are Pace of Me and Kris Lawrence, not just because they’re fast, but because they’re incredible Moms who follow their dreams and yet keep it all balanced. I feel like I left out so many! Ugh, I read so many blogs that freakin’ inspire me!
If I could sum up my year in a few words– That’s easy… A marathon; it had it’s highs and lows.
OK- now it’s your turn… Tell me about your 2012!
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