One year ago to the day I shared 2012 in Review. 2012 is unmatched for running accomplishments and it was the most amazing running experience! It was the year my husband lovingly termed the Year of Jill…
“I accomplished more than I ever thought possible, pushed myself beyond what I thought were my limits and made changes in my life that were some of my best decisions ever.”
2013 has been just as amazing but in a different way. 2012 focused on me physically and 2 focused on more confidence, kicking self doubt to the curb, accepting imperfection, no guilt, knowledge, I CAN is so much more important than I CAN’T, and truly believing I AM ENOUGH. These things were no longer just quotes to be shared or envious words. They became beliefs. Mental and physical growth and progress go hand in hand and focusing on both have made me a better [stronger] person.
I have termed 2013 the Year of Learning.
- All my eggs in one running basket. I was so focused on my goal of running my first 50 mile race I practically ignored my other running goals. I won’t make that mistake again.
- Sometimes slower is better. And necessary. It took forever for that to sink in.
- It would take about a year for natural running to feel totally natural.
- Injured. I stopped focusing on the fact that I CAN’T run and focused on what I CAN do. I was mentally and physically stronger for it! Duh!
- Injured and no running sucks but it’s not the end of the world. There were days when it felt like it but guess what. The world didn’t end.
- Listen to your body! I did and in one case avoided making an injury significantly worse.
- If you need to take an unplanned rest day take it and enjoy it! No guilt.
- Be kind to myself.
- With 100% effort less than perfection is ok.
- Focusing on what I accomplished feels so much better [and is more beneficial] than only seeing where I “failed”.
Best Race Experience(s)
My first ultra! Longest run ever and when I crossed the finish line I cried. I felt unstoppable!
The ultimate run date. Chad and I ran the Hawthorn Half Day Relay again this year. We ran 4 miles farther than last year and we placed first in the masters 2-person team category. Not only that! I shocked myself (Chad and my son)! With only 30 minutes left of the race the legs changed to team members alternating 800m sprints. After 11.5 hours and running 30 miles I PR’d not 1 but 3 800m legs with each leg faster than the previous. I definitely did not see that coming!
Note: Chad wants to run this race next year as 2 1-person teams. 12 hours of running! Yikes!
Favorite New Gear
Salomon Sense Mantra is hands down the most comfortable trail shoe ever. Curious as to why I make this statement without hesitation? Details>> What Is Your Mental Detox?
Salomon provided me with the Sense Mantra to try and review. As always the opinions expressed are my own. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made on this blog.
I needed a hydration solution for long runs that didn’t involve a belt and I wanted comfort. I found both with the Nathan Sports Intensity Race Vest. And, I have to admit, I love the color. I shared the specifics of why I love this gear here>> Hydration Solution for Long Runs .
My Valentine’s Day gift from Chad, a Pro Form 2000. I will always prefer to run outside but that isn’t always an option. No more missed runs due to weather or when the only time I have to run is when it’s still dark.
If perfect running shorts exist it’s the Athleta Home Run Short. Again, it’s all about comfort. Why I think they’re perfect>> The Perfect Running Shorts
Consistent running I can do. Strength training? Not as consistent until this year and it paid off. I experienced the benefits with running, shorter recovery from long runs and being injured and it was my exercise of choice when I couldn’t run.
2013 in a few words – 2013 was a learning and growing experience.
How would you complete this sentence?
2013 was the year of _______________________!
Or this sentence?
In 2013 I learned __________________________!