Erika from MCM Mama Runs, Marcia from Marcia's Healthy Slice and Patty from No-Guilt Life.This week's topic is Running Year in Review! I am also linking up with Courtney and her End of the Year Running Survey!
This year was definitely an experience (next week I will share all of the medals!) as I ran:
1 ~2.7 miles
1 ~6.7 miles
7 Half Marathons
4 Full Marathons
You can see all of the recaps here as they were all a variety of races and I learned a lot.
Best race experience: WDW Marathon. It is my favorite race I've ever done and signifies the end of the Dopey challenge. It was amazing from start to finish.
Best run: I've had parts of good races but my best run while training was my 20 miler a few weeks ago. I felt strong and never hit any wall-it was awesome! For races, my best was Tink half. I had SO much fun and the weather was nice and I felt strong the whole time.
Best new piece of race gear: my beats wireless headphones. What a difference it makes to not have a string attached and the sound on them is awesome
Best running advice you've received this year: compression socks during races. I was always worried I would get too hot but the recovery process is so much easier! I own so many ProCompression socks now and love them all!
Most inspirational runner: Kathryn at dancing to running. She is pregnant and still working out. She completed a half marathon 30 weeks pregnant! Such an inspiration :) and she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy earlier this week and already has her post-baby race picked out!
Fav pic from a race this year: I love the one Jen took of me during the NYCM(see below!). I've never had people come and spectate a race on the course for me so it was so nice two of best friends were able to do that!
I also LOVE this picture actually taking during a race and actually looks cute from the Tinkerbell 10k-see at the bottom
Race experience to repeat in a heartbeat: it's a tie!! As the WDW marathon was my favorite race, I would love to do it again! And will in 2017 and 2018. However the race I would want to do again that I'm not sure I will get a chance to do again-the NYC Marathon. What a special race!
Sum up the year in a short phrase: insane! Who runs 30 races in a year! I am still in shock I made it through with no injuries and also am still getting faster!
This year will definitely go down as the year I really challenged myself both physically and mentally. I learned a lot about myself and how to prepare for races.
How about you? How was your running year ?