|Me with the pink legs!|
Worst Race Experience: This is a toss up between Minneapolis Marathon or Med City Half but think I will pick Med City, it was hot, humid and my calf was hurting. I had originally planned to run the full marathon but decided to go with the half which was bad enough. I ran my worst time since running halfs pregnant.
Best Piece of Advice: My trainer has told me many times to stop convincing myself I need to back down. I have a bad habit of backing down when something gets tough and settling into an easier workout. Looking back this is so obvious but it took someone else saying this to make me see it. It is hard to see how much of a mental sport running is sometimes and being pushed through strength workouts to do more has helped me to see I can push through more.
Most Inspirational Runner: Sonya, a woman I coach who has Crohns is always striving to do more. She pushes through despite pain and setbacks. She has been hospitalized many times but still trains and runs when she can and has her next half in the works already.
Sum up the Year in a Few Words: Challenging, new adventures and a time for re-evaluating .
How Many Races: 20 (I think!)
Running Ups: Meeting new running friends, traveling at the last minute to run Ragnar, setting new goals and working to be a stronger runner and better athlete.
Running Downs: The never ending injury that started my a calf strain became a stress fracture and eventually resulted in hamstring issues. I am trying to learn to be better at listening to my body and not pushing through.
Overall 2012 was the year of learning and changing. I was getting overconfident with my abilities without changing or listening, we all need that slap in the face moment to get us back on track. 2013 will be the year.
How was your 2012 and what are you looking forward to in 2013?