For the third year in a row, Miss Zippy has asked all running bloggers to take a look back at their year of running and share it.
I did it last year and I will do it again this year:
- Best race experience?
This is an easy one. After 2012 when I had broken my ankle & had surgery, then had a stress fracture in the other foot, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to run longer races again. I trained for the First Watch Half Marathon in Sarasota, Florida and though I ran it very conservatively, I finished and I was ecstatic. It gave me the confidence to run other halfs (even after injuries.)
- Best run?
I am a solo runner. it’s out of convenience and lack of self confidence. I am slow and I stop and walk when I am tired. To date, my longest non-stop run has been 5 miles and that was a race. I am now signed up for another half marathon on March 30, 2014. I am running it with 2 new runners who have never done one and they asked me to run with them one Sunday. Nervously I accepted and we ran 6 miles….without stopping! I haven’t done that since so I guess races and running partners motivate me.
- Best new piece of gear?
These are my two new pairs of running shoes. I am picky about my shoes. I have problems with my feet from time to time (my right foot) and since wearing these, my foot has stopped hurting for the most part. I have worn the Sayonaras for short runs and the Adrenalines for long one.
- Best piece of running advice you received?
Unfortunately, I got injured again in 2013 (broke my foot on June 1) so I am going to use the same quote from Runner’s World: “Injury is something that happens to you as an athlete. Others might tell you that you’re done. But if you keep at it, you might be able to get back…” –Abdi Abdirahman, third-place finisher in the men’s 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. If you are a runner, you risk getting injured. You don’t stop running forever. When you are healed, you start again and you will slowly get it back!
- Most inspirational runner?
Joy Johnson, age 86, died after completing her 25th consecutive NYC Marathon. I’ll quote her about running: “It’s energizing. You sleep better at night. And the best part for me is you can eat anything you want.” And about her last run: “I’ll be at the back of the pack, but I don’t mind. I just praise the Lord I can get out of bed each morning and run. A lot of people my age are in wheelchairs.” I hope I am am healthy enough to run as long as she did and enjoy it.
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
I realized that injuries happen and I am grateful for every race that I can finish!