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Thursday, December 12, 2013

How was My Year of Running - 2013

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: December 12, 2013

Running at the 2013 Joseph's 5K - photo by Sue Morris

Each year Amanda over at Miss Zippy blog, puts together a series of questions to get us thinking about how our year has been.

What was your:
  • Best race experience?
  • Best run?
  • Best new piece of gear? 
  • Best piece of running advice you received?
  • Most inspirational runner? 
  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Here are my answers to her questions:

Best race experience?

The 25th Annual Joseph's 5K in Fairfield, back in April, I ran a post-55 PR and finished 4th overall. 

However, it really wasn't about how I did that made this race the best race experience, the best part of the race was seeing people who I hadn't seen for a while and the whoopie pies I got for winning my age group. Julie you did a GREAT job as race director for this race and everyone who volunteered to help out was awesome!

Quarry Road Trail Race Series.
Even though I didn't run in a single race, it was definitely the best race experience that I had this year. It was a weekly trail race series that I volunteered to help with at Quarry Road from June to August, while I was injured.

I got to meet so many great people during the series, many of which I still see, friended on Facebook and some I run with now. I got to see running from a different side and give back to the sport that I love, which is something that I believe we all need to do.

Racing to me is doing your best during a race, then interacting and enjoying the company of those who are at the race either as runners, spectators or volunteers. Racing to me is becoming more about the people we meet there and how we treat one another that makes the race experience great or not, not time you run or where you place.

Best run?

Although it ended in a partial tear of my Achilles tendon, without a doubt it was the The Miles for Mills 5K Race on May 27th. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I think that that post says it all and yes I would do it again, even knowing what the result would be.

Best new piece of gear? 
Timex Ironman Watch. I know going old school and back to a simpler time. I got this as a present and found it invaluable when I was coming back from my injuries. It allowed me to just focus on running, instead of worrying about my pace, splits and all that other stuff that we worry about during a run, when we wear a GPS watch. I still use it on my recovery run days or runs that I really just want to relax and not worry about anything but the run during the run and still have the time to put in my running log.

Skechers GoRun Ride 2 running shoes, they did everything I wanted from a pair of running shoes. I just thought that shoes are a different group and deserve their own mention.

Best piece of running advice you received? 

Be who you are now, not someone else or who you used to be. Comparing what you do as a runner at 56 to what you did at 26 makes no sense and is not productive to being the runner you can be now.

Most inspirational runner?

Travis Mills - a disabled veteran that I met on May 27th at the Miles for Mills 5K in April.

Travis Mills in the Miles for Mills 5K

The picture says it all. Any words I try to use would only diminish what he is doing.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be

Patience - to know that having an injury is not the end of the world. That even though it doesn't seem possible you can and will return from it, sooner if you have the correct mindset/attitude and be willing to follow the PT's recommendation (well for the most part).

Maturity - Learning to grudgingly accept that as you get older, you have to change expectations and especially training methods to keep improving or even keep running. It sucks, but it is the way things work whether you like it or not.

Actually, it has been a pretty amazing year, that has had highs and lows, problems and injuries to overcome, along with time to just enjoy life. There have been a lot of changes this year and as the year comes to an end, I am very happy with the direction that those changes are taking me.

I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be an amazing year and that the things I learned and the strength gained (both mentally and physically) will help me become a better runner and person in 2014 and beyond.

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