I saw this form of a post on both Jess and Jocelyn’s blogs and thought it was fun, reflective, and timely. So, here goes. I will try not to bore you as I realize probably the only person who really cares about the details of my running life is, well, myself.
1. Best Race Experience
After not running, but spinning my way into 2012 due to the ol’ IT band, the Eugene 5K was my first race “back.” I remember being, initially, a bit depressed that I couldn’t run the half and thanking the Lord that I wasn’t running the full. Before this race, I wasn’t really sure where the 5K fit in with my running ethos, and, to be honest, wasn’t so sure about running in general. I feel betrayed by my lower left limb and a bit broken.
I think (time smudges the memory a bit) I was fairly nervous before this race. I think I was scared I wasn’t fast (relative) anymore or that some part of my body would blow up in flames. Before the race, I got a nice little pep talk in which I was reminded “whatever it was you were before, it’s still in you.” And, that was calming.
In the end, I ran just under 23 min — 22:56 or 22:5x or something like that. It was a nice confidence boost and reminder that there is more to running and racing than the half and the marathon. It renewed my spirit and gave me purpose again. And, best I’ve all, I learned PR does not stand for “personal record,” but rather “pastry run.”
And, lest you forget, this race was the impetus for the #5Krevolution. Propaganda video forthcoming. Current title: “The Little Race Distance That Could.”
2. Best Run
18 miles with Gia on some hot and sticky Indian Summer October day.
Long runs aren’t my strong suit. Unless given some major objective to achieve, I tend to run them very slowly. That’s my MO, for some reason – I never really have the confidence I can “make it” whatever long distance at anything other than a 10 min/mile clip, which I am the master of.
Gia and I ended up running 3 loops of Central Park (18 miles) in an 8:42 average with a few faster miles thrown down in there. It showed me that I maybe had more in me for those long runs than I thought I did. While I only had a few more long runs left after that one for
NYC Marathon Richmond, I’m definitely going to try to take that long run mojo into training for Eugene (which has not commenced yet, but will at some point in 2013).
3. Best New Piece of Gear
Rundelicious Long Sleeve – perfect weight alone for not-too-frigid winter running and a good layer for frigid winter running
4. Best Piece of Running Advice Received
1. “Don’t think, just go” — told to me by many people when training for NYC/Richmond
5. Most Inspirational Runner(s)
This is a tough one, but here are a few:
1. Jocelyn: For pushing me, but always finding the fun in running. And for introducing me to Stew Leonard’s fro-yo.
2. Gia: For being the epitome of joy and self-belief. And time management with her twins!
4. Ben and Jen B: For their versatility…Seriously, Ben like goes and does a new distance all the time and places. Its weirdly amazing. Same for Jen B. And both are really fast. I’m going to try to figure out how they do this.
Final Q: If you could some up your year of running in 3 words, what would it be?
:: joyful, spontaneous, fun ::
And spontaneous is a new thing for me. If you know me, spontaneity is also not my strong suit.
TELL ME: CARE TO ANSWER ANY OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE?
Until next time…