2013 was my first full year of running. Ever. If you’ve read my story, you know that I reluctantly started running in early 2012 to run a half marathon with my friends, and ended up falling in love in running and training for and finishing a marathon in the fall. When 2013 rolled around, I wondered where the end of the year would find me as a runner – would I still be running? Or would it have proved to be a short-lived affair?
Races (timed) participated in: 10 – 8 more than 2012!
– 5K: 2
– 8K: 2
– marathon: 0
– New-to-me distances: 10K (2), 10 miler (1) and half marathon (3)
New PRs: just about every distance except the marathon! That’s the fun part about being a new runner :)
Medals acquired: 5..I think?
States run in: 4 – NY, VA, DC, CA
Miles run: 819 (nearly doubled from last year – 432 in 2012!)
Best race experience? Long Beach Half! It was a beautiful and flat course, I PR-ed, and Mike’s family came out to see me and cheer me on :)
Best run? The tempo runs I finally stsrted nailing in October!
Best piece of running advice received? Focus on one mile at a time. I don’t know where I saw this, but it completely changed my racing strategy when I decided not to let the rest of the race psych me out!
In summary, 2013 was the year I knew that I would love running until I couldn’t run anymore. It’s the year that made me a running addict, that made me understand why people wake up at 5 AM in freezing weather and pull on their sneakers to run. It’s been an amazing year, and while I’m sad to be out on a knee injury right now, I can’t wait to start running again to see where 2014 takes me!
What has 2013 meant to you as a runner/ athlete?