Q&A: 2012 in Review

I found this 2012 recap idea on Meggie and Jocelyn's blogs, and I love it so much I feel the need to play copycat. Read, enjoy, and join in on your blog if you like!

1. Best Race Experience

This one is easy - California International Marathon. I had been so nervous about running another marathon, but then I had great 20 mile training run. Even though the weather was crappy, I somehow felt great the whole time. I didn't even know if that was possible for a marathon, but that's what I was looking for and I'm thrilled I had that experience. The race itself was well-organized, had fun swag, and had a great rolling hill course. Not too much up, not too much down, not too much flat. I love the change in terrain for the change in muscle use, and I feel I get less tired that way. I knew lots of people running this event, and I was excited to meet Oiselle Team ladies at the expo too. Overall a great race weekend experience!

Oiselle Meet Up

Happy race finishers!

2. Best Run

My best run was at the Clarksburg 20 miler, which I used as my longest training run for CIM. Technically it was a 'race' event, but because I used it as a supported long training run I'm considering it a run instead. This was by far my best long run in the history of long runs; I felt good the whole time, loved the scenery, and enjoyed lunch with friends after. This run gave me much needed confidence going into the marathon after I'd felt concerned and doubtful about it.

3. Best Piece of New Gear

I've found lots of fun new gear this year, but I'm going with the Oiselle Clearly Jacket as my best of 2012. This jacket blocks wind, is water resistant and breathable, and super comfy for running. It's easy to pull the arms up if you get warm, and they stay when you do. It saved me during my rainy marathon and I continue to depend on it for the Bay Area 'winter' rain. Bonus: it has many pockets.

Clearly Jacket post-CIM

4. Best Piece of Running Advice Received

Focus on proper breathing. I've been struggling with a side cramp situation since June, to the point of CAT Scans and MRIs when it stayed post-run, and it comes back off and on. The coach for a track group I started running with in October talked to me about this and helped me do exercises in breathing, and I swear it's helped. When I felt it during CIM (or anytime I feel it come on), I really focused on proper breathing and was able to keep it mild.

5. Most Inspirational Runner(s)

Honestly? My whole Twitter feed! I love reading about people running and motivating each other. To call out a couple of specific groups, I've been very motivated by Oiselle Team and the SF Marathon Ambassadors. I became part of these during 2012, and both groups are super supportive. I love how we keep each other going and have fun meeting up when we can.

 Finally meeting Holly at Ragnar Napa.

Matching Meggie when she visited Mountain View.

A little Oiselle meet up in Palo Alto.

6. If you could sum up your year of running in 3 words, what would they be?

Farther: I ran more miles this year than any other year, and I increased my weekly mileage as well.
Faster: Finally I joined a group for track workouts; I think it'll really pay off in 2013. Even just the 3 months I've done so far have helped my mindset and my ability to push a little harder during races.
Social: I found social running, and I love it! I didn't so much run with groups or friends before - I was always nervous about pace - and I'm glad I discovered how fun it can be. Special shout out here to Alisyn for inviting me to run with her and kicking this off.

National Running Day with the Running Revolution group in Campbell, CA

Candid, but a fun photo anyway. SF Marathon Ambassadors trail run.

SF Christmas Relays team with Kevin, Matt, and Alisyn

  1. I love all of the recap 2012 posts! Always fun to see what stuck out in people's minds about the year. Still love the unexpected matching picture!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes the matching was so funny - I should have written unplanned here. I forgot again.

      Delete
  2. Love it!! Looks like you had a great year! Hopefully we will be meeting up in 2013 ;)

    Also - I think I need that Oiselle jacket now!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, I really am a big fan of the clearly. Hope to meet you soon too - maybe Eugene!

      Delete
  3. Loved this post! Might have to steal it from you! :)
    And, I love love running with you! So glad you became a "social" runner!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love this post! I really like the breathing tip -- I need to work on that! We need to get a run/coffee in sometime soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks - and yes definitely meet up soon. Maybe tomorrow!

      Delete
  5. what a great recap! i really love the social part too! that's one area i'm working on in 2013

    ReplyDelete

What are you thinking? Let me know!

Popular posts from this blog

  • As you may remember, I've been doing my best to follow the Hanson half marathon plan for the last couple of months with a race goal of the SF Half Marathon . The Hanson plans focus on building cumulative fatigue, and let me say right now I'm finding out how that works. My legs and body really feel it with every run at this point, and dare I say I haven't even run the plan to its fullest. There are quite a few things I love about the Hanson plans and also a few parts that have been very challenging for me. What I love. Training paces: The book outlines training paces based on your goal times. Although I initially thought they sounded too slow, I'm learning that keeping these paces isn't always as easy as it sounds once the legs are super tired. The paces start to make sense. Hard days versus easy days: They focus on hard effort days followed by easy effort days, meaning the hard days are really hard and the easy are really easy. I love this. I feel like I have
  • This post is dedicated to a few friends who have recently started running or will be soon - they know who they are. And they ROCK! Running has done so much for my life, and I want people to know why I love it and to encourage others to stick with running too. The story of how I started is in the 'Why I Run' tab of this blog, but for this post I'm focused why I keep running. Here it is, not necessarily in order of importance. 1. Running relieves stress. When I feel anxious or have had a rough day, running always helps. I often can't wait until it's time to run that day, and sometimes I sneak out at lunch instead of waiting until after work. It makes me feel amazingly focused and happy for the rest of the day. I don't even run with music - I enjoy listening to my footsteps and freeing my mind in the great outdoors. 2. Running makes me happy. The runner's high is real, and I'm addicted. I love nothing more than feeling the exhausted-happiness I get af
  • On Saturday, I ran the Lake Chabot Trail Half Marathon in Castro Valley, CA. It was my first Inside Trail Racing event, and I was very impressed with the race organization. I've been trail running for a few months now, but this is only my third trail race event; I love how much more laid back the races are and how everyone seems really into it. I know I am! Exploring new trails and parks is a fantastic way to spend a day. I didn't go into this race with specific goals, I wanted to run the hills as much as I could and use it as a hard training run. I ended up feeling really good, the weather was cool but sunny, and the lake views were pretty. This half didn't have as much elevation gain as many trail races and parts were on paved bike trail, so it was definitely easier than the other trail races I've done. The drive was only about 40 minutes from San Jose and I was there in plenty of time to get parking, pick up my race bib, and to chat with friends. I knew quite a f