Best race experience?
I participated in four races this year and only three running races: a 10km race on my 30th birthday, a surprise 10 miler in Del Mar, California when we were on holidays, a SUP race this summer, and a trail race on our sixth anniversary.
I loved them all for different reasons, but since this is about my year of running I guess I’d have to say the race on my birthday. It was a small, local race, Kelly ran it with me (instead of ahead of me!), my parents walked the 5k, and my sister and her family unexpectedly came out to cheer!
Any trail run from this summer was phenomenal.
But, I think my best run was a 10 miler I did in Laguna Beach, CA where I ran along the beaches of Crystal Cove State Park and came across this little cutie. I remember not wanting to turn back, but I didn’t want to worry Kelly by going for too much longer than I said!
Best new piece of gear?
Remember when I said I am indecisive? I think that comes out in this post! I have two answers for this one.
I bought my Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt at 21 weeks pregnant. It has seemed to really help with the heaviness of my belly as time goes on.
The second item is Japanese Mint Oil. My prenatal acupuncturist recommended it for my aching hips that keep me up at night. According to their site, it helps promote circulation, relieves tight muscles, and is useful in injury rehab among many other benefits. I’ll continue to use it post-pregnancy, too!
Best piece of running advice you received?
I really, really would love to run throughout pregnancy but I think I’m going to have to stop soon.
When I told my girlfriend this she reminded me that it’s such a small blip of time in my running life. I’ve been running for 18 years and hope to do it forever. In the grand scheme of things, taking a few months off is far from the worst that could happen!
Most inspirational runner?
I have quite a list, but the most inspirational this year have been moms. I love seeing what women are capable of after their world has been completely changed, when they juggle a lot of balls, and still manage to run and stay fit.
A couple professional athletes that top that list are triathlete Beth Gerdes (returned to racing, an Ironman no less, four months after giving birth to her baby girl) and runner Stephanie Rothstein Bruce (who is so honest about her body and comeback, #journeywithsteph).
Otherwise, I read a lot of running blogs written by moms who inspire me in almost every post they write. In no particular order, here are a few of my faves:
- Amanda at Miss Zippy
- Beth at Miles and Trials (who just rocked her first Ironman)
- Emma at Be Mom Strong
- Kim at Day with KT
- Deb at Deb Runs
- Lauren at Run Salt Run
- Jan at Running on Fumes
- Nicole at Work in Sweats Mama
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Humbling, relaxed, and freeing.
Tell me about your year of running and link up with Miss Zippy!