So you survived all of the blogger wish lists and gift guides. Don't worry, MommiesRun totally took part in that fun here, here, and well here too. There might have been a few more of those posts if you got to digging. #sorryimnotsorry (maybe I'll quit the #hashtag shenanigans in 2014) (actually I doubt that)
Now it's time for the 2013 year in review posts! Miss Zippy has provided all of us a great list of questions to review how our year of running has gone. While my year did not quite go as planned, a lot of memorable things did occur. Because there is not really a question that lets me highlight this, I want to say that the best part of running in 2013 was the running family that I became a part of. I became friends with the most amazing people and I feel like I truly became a part of the Memphis running community. Our community is so large and I'm so grateful to be a part of it.
Best race experience? I was fortunate to run a lot of races this year and I even PR'd in quite a few of them. Honestly, my best race experience was the race that I ran to help a friend reach a goal. You can read more about it here. Running is typically such a solo sport, so it's a beautiful thing to run a race for someone else.
Best run? I didn't have to think too much about this one. Your surroundings and the people you are with can have such an impact on a run, so it's no surprise my best run was with Debi at Shelby Forest. This 10 mile race is on a course affectionately known as "The Beast" due to the hills, but it is so amazingly beautiful that you can't help but fall in love with the area.
Best new piece of gear? You can count shoes as gear, right? My return to Mizuno was definitely the best decision I made all year. After a string of injuries, aches, and pains, running in Mizuno has made a huge difference. I rotate through quite a few pairs and I love them all. Every pair lets me slip into a run and never think about the shoes on my feet. They let me just run.
Best piece of running advice you received? I know it's pretty cliche, but "Listen to your body" is the best advice. That whole stress fracture thing sucked majorly. I knew something was wrong and yet I kept going, running a half marathon on it (but I did PR).
Most inspirational runner? This one is a tough one. So many people have inspired me this year for so many different reasons. Debi, for being a true friend and running companion. Jennifer, for finally finding the joy in running. Kristin, for never complaining while pushing a double stroller. Nikki, for getting her runs in despite a busy family. Jana, for her constantly improving speed. Abby for the most positive attitude even when injured. Kim, for the most beautiful smile while enjoying a run. I find inspiration in ALL of you. Running is not easy, so every time you take that first step, you are an inspiration to someone.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, you never know what blessings are waiting for you.
How would you sum up your year in a few words?
What was your favorite new gear for the year?