One word: If I had to use one word to describe this year it would be camaraderie – this is the year I totally went from a solo runner chasing my personal bests to a group runner, running with my best running friends for the sheer joy of running. I ran far fewer races this year than in years past, but that’s ok because I had a blast at each one. My focus and goals over this year changed, especially after I completed my 40th birthday bucket list race. I’m learning to run more for my general health, to enjoy running more, instead of beating myself up with running.
Here’s a list of the races I completed this year:
- Around the Bay 30k (Ran with Juliette and Becky)
- 5 Peaks Trail Race (with my daughters!)
- Mississauga Half Marathon (ran as a Burnbrae Farms ambassador and set a new personal best: 1:50)
- Ironman 70.3 Muskoka (raced with Jason, and Juliette came along to be my Sherpa)
- Monday Night Mile (fun race while on vacation in Saratoga Springs, NY with my husband)
- Guelph Lake II Triathlon (Sprint triathlon relay with Juliette and Christine – I did the bike leg).
- ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon 2015 (Met up with fellow Burnbrae Farms ambassadors)
Best race experience: This one goes to the Mississauga Half Marathon – I felt fantastic that whole race and ran my fastest half marathon ever, just narrowly missing the sub 1:50 that will be my goal next year). All of the triathlon training I was doing along with the speedwork with Juliette and Becky had me in the best shape of my post-kids life.
Best run: Although every run with my running buddies is awesome, there have been a few pretty epic runs lately where I was able to sneak out of the house with my music and headed to the “trails” near Mill Pond. I LOVE LOVE LOVE trail running and hopefully I can do more in 2016.
Best new piece of running gear: For my 40th birthday my husband gave me a $200 gift card to the Running Room. I didn’t think there was anything I wanted until I came across the CamelBak Classic 70 oz. Hydration Pack – (Blue). I totally love that I can now run without a waistpack riding up under my boobs 🙂
Best running advice you’ve received this year: This one was more for the 1/2 Ironman I did: “Just keep swimming”. Given that I had a panic attack during the swim, I’m glad I followed this advice and was able to finish.
Most inspirational runner: Everyone that gets out there and runs – no matter how fast, slow or how often you run, you inspire me!
Favorite picture from a run or race this year: Ironman 70.3 Muskoka – Look at the joy/relief on my face!
This picture from Around the Bay comes a close second:
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: 5 Peaks Trail Race – it was a lot of fun to run with my daughters, which is part of the reason I run now, so I can run with them later in life.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Family, friends, and joy!
Overall this year I ran 300 fewer kilometers, 40 less hours and at a much slower pace than last year, though I would say that I definitely had far more fun this year!
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