Best race experience? Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon. It was one of those races where everything just fell into place. And rather unexpectedly, which made it even better. A little PR didn’t hurt either.
Best run? Tilden Tough Ten. Although this was technically a race, I didn’t race it. My achilles had been bothering me and I hadn’t really been training. This race was an excuse to get in a no pressure long run. Everyone was super friendly, the views were spectacular and it was great to get back out there.
Best new piece of gear? I think the only new gear I got was a pair of full length running tights from REI. So I guess they win by default. I only wore them a couple times before the weather warmed up and I stopped running, but they seemed to do the trick!
Best piece of running advice you received? Take it slow. I took the RRCA Coaches Certification class in June and this was the theme. I haven’t really had a chance to test out their training tactics, but I plan to when I get back into running in a few months. I know my time off and a few extra pounds will mean I have no chance but to take it slow. So this couldn’t come at a better time.
Most inspirational runner? Hmm…that’s a tough one. How about I go with all other blogging runners out there. You inspire me everyday to keep going (er, start going again soon).
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Totally unexpected.