How would you describe your year of running in 2015? Did you run in any special races, break any records, or challenge yourself in new ways? What did you enjoy the most?
So I thought this would be the perfect time to participate in the Year of Running Linkup, which is now hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC since MissZippy1 has moved on to other ventures. Check out my responses to the survey in 2013 and 2014!
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This has really been an amazing year of running for me. One of my goals was to mix things up and run in new places in 2015, and I can easily say that mission was accomplished! I ran one race in DC and two races in Annapolis, enjoyed the trails of Nebraska in the summer, saw the beauty of Charleston, South Carolina and nearly burned to death in Anaheim, California!
And I did make some improvements in my speed, which is always great – I nabbed a 10K PR at the Philly 10K and had my second-fastest half marathon at the Annapolis Classic Half Marathon. I can nitpick about things, but overall, 2015 was an AMAZING year of running.
So let’s get on with the survey!
Best Race Experience: I’ve had some awesome races in 2015, but I think my best race was the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in DC. I felt really confident leading up to this race, I ran negative splits, and I really gave it my all. Plus, I got to experience the race with Bret and my sister Jennifer.
Best Run: I ran over 750 miles in 2015 (a LOT for me!) and there have been so many great runs along the way. I think the best runs I’ve had this year were on Forbidden Drive in Northwest Philadelphia. I have a strong love for running on the trails – it’s interesting with every turn. I can never get bored!
Best New Piece of Running Gear: I have to say that my best piece of running gear was most definitely my Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 running shoes (affiliate link)! I bought my pair over the summer and I absolutely love them! They are super comfortable and were great straight out of the box. We had 300+ great miles together – I’ll have to get some new ones and finally start rotating shoes like a good runner!
Best Running Advice You’ve Received This Year: Keep your easy runs EASY. For whatever reason, I really struggled with this in the fall. My paces on my easy runs were not as consistent as they used to be, and I would often overshoot and run too fast. I think this hurt me when I ran the Annapolis half. So I’ll be much more strict about this moving forward!
Most Inspirational Runner: Kevin Hart? Just kidding! There have been so many news stories about people completing races while defeating the greatest odds. One that I thought was so inspiring was the police officer who helped an injured runner complete his marathon.
Favorite Picture From a Run or Race This Year: How can I only choose one? I had so any scenic runs throughout the year! The frozen-over Schuylkill River this past winter is definitely the most memorable for me.
Race Experience You Would Repeat In a Heartbeat: The 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon in June was so much fun! I smiled so much during that race, even though it was so tough in the heat and humidity. There was just a great spirit in that race – the volunteers were so nice and I loved Uberhans on the accordion! I’m already signed up for next year!
If You Could Sum Up the Year In a Couple of Words, What Would They Be?: Running is love! What an amazing year. I want to do this for the rest of my life.
2015 has really been a great year for running, and I’m so grateful I made it through, injury-free! How would you answer these survey questions?