My #YearofRunning13

I’ve been reading other #YearofRunning13 posts all month and decided to join in on the fun started by Miss Zippy and share my #YearofRunning13. Check out the link up to read more and add your own.

Best race experience

I never really discussed it much here on the blog but I ran my first full marathon back in May and it is definitely up there as one of my best race experiences. I ran it with my friend Krista, for Team Fox, on behalf of my father-in-law, and just nine-months after having our daughter. Perhaps the best part about the race was giving my father-in-law my medal later that year.

team fox medal
Best run

I run alone 90% of the time so any chance I get to run with Krista and Leanne is a good one. Usually those runs are reserved for races but this year we were able to run the Columbia River Trail together as a training run and it was so much fun.

columbia river trail


Best new piece of gear

I purchased my first pair of trail running shoes this year, and ran my first trail race, and since running shoes and clothes are the only new gear I got this year I’m going to choose those. They have actually become my winter running shoe of choice too since they have added traction.

winter run 2
Best piece of running advice you received

Is it bad that I’m choosing advice I gave myself? It was more of a reminder following my lost PR at the SeaWheeze in August but it’s something I kept with me for the next two races I ran.

I can think about all the things I could have changed or done differently all I want but it really doesn’t matter because I can’t go back and change the outcome. All I can do is use what I have learned at my next race and move forward.

Most inspirational runner

I am inspired by so many runners but I’m going with Matt Mitchell, Team Fox mentor and speedy runner. This year Matt and his friend Amar Kuchinad challenged each other to run the 2013 NYC Marathon in under 3 hours all while contributing to the work of the Michael J. Fox Foundation in its efforts to cure Parkinson’s Disease. They fell short of their goal but Matt’s positivity and optimism, not to mention all the work he does for and with Team Fox, are what make him an inspiration to me.

matt mitchell team fox

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

Running is a privilege I hope I never take for granted, even on the bad days.

How was your #Yearof Running13?


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  1. Great year of runnning! New trail shoes are one of my fav new gear too :)

  2. I like how you mentioned running is a privileged. I need to remind myself of that when I am in a funk.

  3. Congratulations on a great.
    Taking your own advice is a great paradox.

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