Since it seems all I blog about these days is running, it probably makes sense to do an end-of-year summary.
Best Race Experience
Cosmo Girl 7K, bar none. I didn’t go into the race with any particular expectations, but I came in 2nd of about 500 runners. That’s my best race performance, well, ever, I think. It’s mostly because the race wasn’t particularly competitive, but it was kind of awesome running down the main drag in West Seattle with only one woman and the cycling guide in front of me. It was also my second-fastest paced race of the year, at 7:11 mpm with a 22:07 5K in the middle.
Best New Piece of Running Gear
This is a hard one, but I think I have to go with my GPS watch. I avoided getting a watch for the longest time, but I finally gave in and got a Garmin 735XT, and I have to admit that I love it. I don’t really look at it much when I’m running, but I like having it beep at the mile markers. What I really like is reviewing the data afterwards. I’ve loved using Strava and sharing my runs with the rest of my family and a few friends. I love that the watch has a wrist heart rate monitor. It doesn’t always work, but it usually does. In addition, I definitely recommend Strava to anyone looking for a little motivation. My entire family is using Strava at this point, including both my parents, and it’s been great following along with each other’s workouts.
There are so many options here. I enjoyed re-reading Running With the Buffaloes and listening to Running: A Love Story as an audiobook. How Bad Do you Want It? was great the night before the Seattle Half Marathon.
I’ve also enjoyed following athletes on Letsrun and Instagram. My long-time favorite runner is Jordan Hasay; she displaced Shalane Flanagan, my former favorite runner. However, at the end of the day, it’s impossible to beat Shalane’s amazing run at the New York City marathon. So awesome!
Best Race Picture
I suppose it’s fitting that the best race picture of the year was from the one race I didn’t really race but ran as a training run. I look horrible when I’m racing (see the above picture) and going all out, but I liked this one. That is not the look of someone going 100%!
Most Fun Race
I loved doing the Lake Meri.dian Triathlon with several of my co-workers. My co-worker and I won the men’s and women’s 35 to 39 age group for the (very uncompetitive) super sprint tri, which was just so fun. If I ever do another tri, though, I am definitely getting a BLACK tri top.
OMG, my first ever multisport race was BRUTAL. The pouring rain left me shaking with cold for literally hours afterwards, despite running the heater in my car full blast during the 40-minute drive home. I’m surprised I ever did another du/tri after that! I learned that sometimes it really does make sense to forfeit your race entry and just go home. When the weather is moderately bad and you’re prepared for it, it feels good to soldier through the rain. But this was driving rain and I was not dressed for it. The picture below does not begin to capture the extent of my misery, mostly because the misery didn’t truly being until the bike part of the race.