Best Race Experience:
I think it kind of goes without saying that my Marathon takes the cake here. 2013 was not a great year, and I spent a lot of time doubting my ability to hit my goal time and to get the race I wanted. I spent almost all of those many kilometers smiling. And I could not have dreamed of a better experience. Crossing the finish line on November 3rd was about overcoming so much more than just 42.2km. It meant that anything was possible.
This is also technically a race, but since I was just 12 weeks post-op, I am calling it a Run. The one and only Pavement Runner came to visit, run the Toronto Goodlife Marathon, and run it in tutus no less. The internet is a strange and magical place. You "meet" people, get to know all about their lives, their goals, their dreams, but you may never get to actually meet them in real life. I am have a ton of "internet friends" - as strange and creepy as that sounds.
Best New Piece of Gear:
I think I would have to pick my Mizuno Wave Sayonaras. I have long been a Mizuno-girl, but these shoes really hit the sweet spot for me. They were light and extremely comfortable. Plus I felt they had just enough support for me. I ran all my major races in these - including my marathon - and I know I am a Sayonara convert!
Best Piece of Running Advice You Received:
This year I learned how to "Slow Down" in more ways than one.
The idea of "Slow Down" started after the first race I ran with my coach Michelle. I was tired, sipping coffee, and taking instagram pictures when out popped Michelle! It was just a 5km race so I was not too worried about warming up. But Michelle informed me I need to run 5km before we started, race, and then do a 5km "Slow Down". What the Heck?! Who knew?! Admittedly this is not how I roll. But it gave me a serious kick in the pants about the kind of training I needed to do if I wanted to see a change.
Most Inspirational Runner:
I think I gotta pick my Mizuno Girls - Christina and Michelle. Our runs together, talks, phone calls, emails, and text messages kept me going when I gave some serious thought to just giving up. Their enthusiasm and support kept me inspired and motivated to keep pushing! Love these girls!
Sum Up Your Years in a Couple of Words:
Persevere. I think that about does it. I wrote that one word on my hand before my Marathon this year, and I think it says so much about 2013 as year and about what running and racing means to me.
How was your year?Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,