Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Year of Running (and Triathlon)

Miss Zippy has a linkup going on right now asking, "How was your year of running?" I have seen a few responses from other bloggers, and I kind of love this idea, so I decided to join in.

Best race experience?
Hands down, for me this year it was running Hood to Coast. Running my first relay and making new friends from all across the country was an incredible experience. Nuun Hydration really brought together some amazing individuals, and I couldn't be more thankful.

Best run?
I truely had an amazing year with big PRs at every race distance -- taking 8 minutes off my half marathon PR, and 17 off my full marathon PR. I also took 8 minutes off my sprint triathlon time and raced my first olympic distance triathlon, so it makes this very hard to choose. However, I think my best run this year is tied between the Oakland half marathon and my august sprint distance triathlon. The Oakland half was just a great race environment with a huge amount of crowd support, and fun at the finish with friends. The sprint triathlon was great because I think I worked hard to push myself. I didn't slow down and felt fierce! (Which I think is always great on a race day.)

Best new piece of gear?
So, my husband actually purchased this for himself, but I may be "borrowing" it for him often -- best piece of gear this year would have to go to the SPIbelt. I feel behind the times on this purchase. I don't usually run with a water bottle or other belt because I always thought I would hate the bouncing of it. But seriously, the SPIbelt holds my phone and whatever else I may need and I totally forget it's even there! I'd highly recommend it.

Best piece of running advice you received?
I feel like I have had a lot of advice around believing in myself, and confidence this year. I am working on the mental aspects of training and seeing the fun in it. Sometimes this is an area that is easy to forget about, but it is incredibly important!

Most inspirational runner/triathlete?
So many fellow bloggers have been inspirational to me this year that this is hard to choose. This year I have been much more immersed into the blogging world and have "met" many amazing people! I hope 2014 will continue to connect me with more wonderful people. You can check out some of a list of blogs I follow here, to find some of these inspirational runners and triathletes.

If you could sum up your year in a couple words, what would they be?
Strong. Confident. Happy.

How was your year? What was your best run or race of 2013?


  1. You are awesome. And a beast. I'm so glad to see you had a good year. Here's to an even better 2014!

  2. PRs at every race distance would be exciting. Congrats! I like my Spibelt, too. So handy!

    1. Funny, after this post, I got a spi-belt for Christmas so I don't have to steal my hubby's. Haha.

  3. Great year for you!!!! So many PRs and a PhD to add!!! Can't wait to see what you can do in 2014!! I love my spibelt...I mainly just use it for races but I have had it for a long time!!!

  4. Strong, confident, happy. What great words to be able to use to describe your year! And PRs at every distance? That's pretty darn cool.

    Thanks for linking in.

    1. I know -- I didn't realize about the PRs thing until I was writing this post. Pretty cool!

  5. Awesome year for you! Excited to see what's in store for 2014! Hood to Coast is on my bucket list :)

    1. HTC is so great! I'd definitely recommend it!

  6. What a year!! So happy to be a part of it! I still look at that photo of us on the mountain and get the biggest smile on my face!


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