I saw a few different runners participating in this survey so I figured I would follow suit!
Running in 2012
1. Best race experience?
The COLOR run! It was one of the only races (if you can even call it that, there’s no timer) we did this year but it was so much fun! I would recommend it to anyone. People are in knee high neon socks and tutus, dancing, singing, cartwheeling, and throwing colored powder on you. I didn’t stop smiling the whole time we were there.
2. Best run?
I remember getting the ok from my doctor and dietician at the end of January that it was ok to incorporate running back in slowly. I found a middle of the road running stroller and as soon as it came in the mail Noah and I were headed on our first run together! He loved being outside and although it was awkward not having to pump my arms I quickly got used to stroller running and now it feels weird without him. Since I didn’t run for the second half of my pregnancy it felt SO AMAZING to have it back in my life. I definitely had the runner’s high going the whole time.
3. Best new piece of gear?
I’m not really a gear person… most of the time I don’t time runs or wear any kind of watch and I never wear headphones. I do like shoes though These ones are currently my favorite in my neon shoe rotation!
4. Best piece of running advice you received?
Moderation and balance are key. I’m finding out that it applies to all areas of life, not just running.
5. Most inspirational runner?
My high school cross country coach, Coach Fossmo. I have known him for about 15 years and he has always been a great Christian leader for his teams. He saw me through ups and downs and was always there to offer a listening ear or word of advice. I have a special place in my heart for him.
6. If you could sum up your year of running in a couple of words, what would they be?
The perfect amount. Nothing crazy, I’m practicing balance. And I love having a little buddy to talk and sing to while we stroll along!
That being said, I decided to run The Woodlands Half Marathon on Saturday, March 2, 2013! I really like having concrete goals, something to work towards, and being able to practice staying within limits. I was tempted to do the full, but this is good for now. For the next nine weeks I will be following the training plan daily I found here:
Since I already have a solid base, I feel ok starting at week 4. I’ll keep you updated on runs and other aspects of training. I’d really like to keep a pace between 7:00-7:30 which would put my ending time between 1:31 and 1:38. It’s not overly fast but it’s a good goal for where I’m at. If anyone wants to join me I’d be happy to have you! Just let me know