2014: The year I ran my first and second marathon. While those races basically sum up my running year, there was more to the story. I’m linking up with Miss Zippy and sharing some of my running highlights from 2014.
Best race experience? I’m giving two answers here. First up, the NYC Marathon. It was an incredible, once in a lifetime (but hopefully more) experience. Being able to run through the best city in the world and feel the support from the crowds made the race unforgettable. I’ve never worked harder to finish a race and it was humbling. However, my personal experience was not the best due to the weather (just being honest). Also, as anyone who has run this race knows, it’s expensive, you have to get to the start very early and it takes time to exit the park.
For that reason, the Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon in March was my favorite “race logistics” experience. It’s a smaller race and I spent only $80 for my entry fee (compared to the almost $300 for NYC). I didn’t need to get to the start line more than 10 minutes early and the start and finish were a block away from each other. I also think it makes a difference when you can sleep in your own bed the night before a race.
Best run? Hands down my 12 miler during NYC training. It wasn’t anything extra special but I remember the weather had just turned in Florida so it was in the 60’s. No aches or pains and I got to run on Bayshore, my favorite course in the world.
Best new piece of gear? My fuel belt (blue thing under my bib). I got it right before my first marathon and with pockets in the front and back, it’s perfect for holding food, my phone, money, anything.
Also, my Road I.D. I haven’t taken it off since I got it in September.
Best piece of running advice you received? Rest and recovery is just as important as actually running. It’s an integral part of any training plan. (Paraphrased words from many running bloggers :))
Also, my favorite running quote (has been for many years)
Most inspirational runner? Tina from Fuel Your Future With Tina. She’s an elite athlete with an incredibly healthy, balanced perspective on running and life. I’ve learned a lot from her posts this year.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Challenging but extremely fulfilling.
2015 you have a lot to live up to!