2016: Another Year Running

I’m joining Courtney’s link up for the end of year running round up!



Eat Pray Run DC Year of Running 2016

Yes!  You can read last year’s update here.

Best race experience:  Oh gosh, I had so many good races at the beginning of the year.  I think it might have to be a three way tie with the WDW Marathon, Princess Half marathon and RNR DC.  There is nothing better than running with all your besties in your favorite places.


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Best run:  That first run back after I dislocated my patella.  I have never felt stronger and weaker and more excited and more horrified than ever.

Best new piece of running gear:  Without a doubt it’s the Oiselle Vigor Vest.  That thing is warm, wards off winds and protects me from rain.  Win.  Plus, it looks awesome, always.

Most inspirational runner:  Nothing delights and inspires me more than when dear friends of mine become runners.  When Sara sent me an email on July 5 about she wanted to run, to be free for just a few hours a week, and that she wanted to run a marathon, I cried with joy.  It’s a beautiful sentiment to want to free ourselves and by making ourselves better.  And since then, she has blown me away with her tenacity, her strength and her ability to handle the stress of training for a marathon while raising two small kids.  When the runs gets hard I remind myself of Sara slogging it out in between naps (her kids not her own), whenever she can.

Favorite picture from a race or a run this year:   Without doubt, this picture from the Princess Half Marathon.  Running is joy and friends and tutus.

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Olympic Run #doingit

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Thanks to LG for this amazing snap.

Race experience you could repeat in a heartbeat:  Walt Disney World Marathon.  Hence the 2 weeks from the start line.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Humbling.  After I got hurt running a marathon seemed like the last thing I could ever do — I couldn’t walk, my body betrayed me.  Life is pointless.  After I got running back, there were all sort of other humbling experiences and turn after turn I just had to take a deep breath and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Listen 2016.  Not to be rude but fuck you.  You had some high points for sure, but there were a lot of shenanigans.  I’m glad you’re on your way out.

I hope you all have a great holiday and a super low key new year filled with bubbles and miles.

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