The past two years I’ve linked up with Amanda from Miss Zippy for her annual Year of Running link up. I’ve always loved it and definitely planned to link up again this year…that is until Amanda decided to switch gears and stop blogging and focus more on her awesome podcast (you can find that here – go check it out!). Since she’s moved on, I asked Amanda if she minded if I took over her Year of Running Link Up and she graciously agreed. I’m really excited to carry on her tradition! I’ve added a couple of questions to her list, so those of you who’ve played along with Amanda in the past will see a couple new ones thrown in there!
Here’s how this works:
- Grab my button below.
- Answer the following questions.
- Link up your blog post below!
That’s it! Enjoy reading other year of running posts and pat yourself on the back for making it to December.
- Best race experience: This is really hard because I raced twenty times this year and I’ve had so many great experiences. I think that I’m going to go with the Wineglass Marathon though for my best race experience. I loved the course, the weather was perfect and even though the last few miles were a struggle, I set my marathon PR at that race and it was my first sub-5 marathon.
- Best run: This summer I had an excellent 18 mile run during marathon training. I felt strong, I was really in my running groove and it was just a really fun run with my group of girls that I train with. It was one of those runs where everything just clicks!
- Best new piece of running gear: This one is easy – by far my favorite new piece of gear is my Garmin Forerunner 220 (you can read my review here). I love this thing and have never regretted buying it. A close second is all the amazing new Oiselle I bought this year. I went a bit overboard in August but you know, when you look good you run well. Right? 🙂
- Best running advice you’ve received this year: “Run the mile you’re in.” This is a pretty common quote but someone recommended this me before a marathon and it really helps to just focus on each individual mile instead of what you have left to tackle.
- Most inspirational runner: I’m inspired by so many runners and by so many stories. This is always the hardest question. So I’m going to punt a bit and say that I’m most inspired by the everyday runner. Women like my Oiselle teammate Jackie, who has a full time job, two young kids and ran a 3:08 at Marine Corps this year (and she had a bad day). Women like my friend Jess who jumped in to run Wineglass with me with very little notice and rocked it (and then completed Racetober with me by running the Army Ten & PRed at Marine Corps just a couple weeks later). Women like my friends Mar and Cynthia who balance work, life, kids (for Cynthia) with their fitness. And so many more!
- Favorite picture from a run or race this year: This picture is probably my favorite race picture ever. The story of the race behind it (MCM) is here.
- Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Of course, my answer to this is Richmond. I love the city, love the race (both the marathon and the half marathon) and will probably try my best to run Richmond (full or half) every year that I can. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Exciting. From work to home to running, this year has been really exciting and I’ve been so blessed. Can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!
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Link up your Year of Running post below – I’ll try to get to each post before the end of the year! 🙂