Monday, December 8, 2014
Year of Running: 2014
Link-up with Miss Zippy. See also 2013 and 2012 editions.
Best race experience?
That's actually a tough call. A lot of new experiences this year, a couple new PRs, other races that were fun. I think overall I'd say the best was my first triathlon. This is a situation that involves not just pushing myself to my highest effort for the distance, but putting myself in situations where I'm literally fearing for my life (I know in my mind it's unlikely to actually be that dangerous, but my brain says otherwise) (i.e., the swim and bike, that is all but the run section). And yet I still finished it!
Well, maybe just because it's fresh in my mind, but I'd say last week's track workout, where I hit paces I truly didn't know I was capable of for any amount of time longer than a millisecond. I've had some moments of disillusionment this year, particularly in regards to not having endurance for longer races at a pace I'd be happy with. But some of this speedwork is going ok; maybe focusing on and setting goals on shorter distances could be gratifying.
Best new piece of gear?
This headlamp. I've actually owned this for a couple years, but only used it once or twice until this summer for the night leg at Hood to Coast. That convinced me that it's really not that uncomfortable, and has motivated me to get out and do more evening runs this year as the days have gotten shorter.
It has a nice spotlight in the front, and a blinking red light in the back. It's rechargeable via USB - I think it's lasted at least 5 or 6 hours without charging.
Best piece of running advice you received?
From Abe, what basically boils down to "eat less crap" (those aren't exactly the words he used).
Most inspirational runner?
Oh, this question is always hard! I am pretty impressed with my coworker, Meg, who also ran the Seattle half marathon, and got a sub-2 at her first half!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
This year's races:
First Run 5k (new PR)
Helvetia 10k (new PR)
Foot Traffic Flat half marathon
Hood to Coast relay (first relay) (and my work got a team again this year :) )
Aluminum Man sprint triathlon (first tri)
Near Boring 8k
Seattle Half Marathon