2013 – My Year In Running

Amanda over at Miss Zippy encouraged her readers to link up with her and share their 2013 year in running.  I took the challenge and started my post, but didn’t have time to finish it; however, I failed to push back the publish date so all of my followers got email notifications a few minutes ago that it had published.  Right now I am scrambling to finish it before too many people read it!  Fortunately, it’s Friday evening and hopefully my readers have a life… unlike me!  If you happen to be reading at 9 PM, you’ll see how I put my posts together in the early stages.  If you read it later, you’ll see my edited version of perfection. ;-)

Best Race Experience…

There were so many great race experiences this year, but I’ve got to say that the Hokie Half Marathon was my favorite for many reasons.  Any excuse that Bill and I have to return to Virginia Tech, our old stomping ground, is a good one.  The weather was perfect, I got to run the race with Bill, Julie, and Meagan, and I won my age group!  All-in-all it was a perfect day!

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Best Run…

In late October Bill and I had an opportunity to run the trail to the top of Molly’s Knob at Hungry Mother State Park.  It was only three days (and my second run) after my dad died, and I needed to do something challenging to clear my head.  The run up to the peak is about 1.7 miles with 1,010 feet of elevation change.  By the time I got to the top, my lungs were burning, but I managed to shout, “This one’s for you, Dad!”  We enjoyed the beauty and challenge of the run so much that we’re considering running in the Hungry Mother Half Marathon in April.

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Molly’s Knob in a distance

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Decending from Molly’s Knob

Best New Piece of Gear…

I didn’t buy a lot of new equipment but I think my SPIBelt would be my favorite.  It was a tough call between it and my new Asics Gel-Scout trail shoes.  I wear my SPIBelt on every single run because I always carry my phone with me and it holds it nice and snug without bouncing.  As much as I love my new trail shoes, I don’t wear them on every run…

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Best Piece of Running Advice…

After I hurt my back, I was reminded by the doctor at the wellness center to always engage my core, and I tell this to myself over and over.  If I start to feel a little pain in my right leg when I’m running, I can be assured that I’m starting to slouch and allowing my spine to settle down in my pelvic girdle.  Tightening my core, and picking myself up nice and tall will almost always eliminate that!

Most Inspirational Runner…

I draw the most inspiration from my running friends, the Cruisers.  I’ve watched them hit so many milestones this year!  We had members run their first 5K, 10K, half marathon, first marathon, and even had a team-effort supporting my son in his first 45-mile ultra!  The determination they put into their training either for their first race, or to come back from an injury inspires me!

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Briefly Summing It All Up…

In 2013 I set some new running goals, ran shorter distances, worked on speed, and fell in love with 5K races, something I never thought I’d do.  You can bet that 2014 will bring more 5K recaps to my blog!

  • Questions:
  • How was your 2013 year in running?
  • If you’re a runner, what was your favorite race?
  • If you’re a blogger, consider linking up to Miss Zippy with your own 2013 recap!

14 Comments

  1. December 13, 2013    

    I love that you gave your dad a shout-out at the top of that monster hill. Thank you for continuing to inspire me, Debbie!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 14, 2013    

      Thanks, Stephanie; and thanks for being a regular reader of my blog! :-)

  2. December 15, 2013    

    This is a great recap! You’ve had an awesome year of running, and I love that you fell in love with 5k races while still winning your age group in longer ones like the half!
    You continue to inspire me as well. Looking forward to following your running adventures in 2014.

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 15, 2013    

      Thanks, and I’m looking forward to following your year, too! Do you have plans for any IronMan’s (or is it IronMen?) in 2014?

  3. December 15, 2013    

    I love that last picture. I think that’s frame-worthy. I can’t wait to hear what 2014 brings you.

    I think my favorite wasn’t even a race that I ran. It was a fun race (Electric Run) that I was able to just walk with my wife while I was hurt. We had SO much fun and it was a really well done race. We’re both looking forward to doing it again and having our best friends join us for the fun.

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 15, 2013    

      I remember your Electric Run. It sounded pretty cool, indeed!

  4. misszippy1's Gravatar misszippy1
    December 15, 2013    

    What a killer picture of you at the end there! You had a great year, from the sounds of it. Having a group of training partners like yours really is the best, isn’t it? Very sorry to hear about losing your dad but glad that running could help in some small way.

    Thanks for linking up!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 15, 2013    

      Thanks, Amanda for the link up opportunity!

      The picture you mention was taken by one of the photographers of Potomac River Running. It’s a free service they provide for all of their =PR= Race Series races. It’s a pretty cool race perk!

  5. December 15, 2013    

    Great review! The Hokie Half was so much fun. I am hoping to run that again this coming year! My 2013 year of running was a pretty big one. I ran a lot of races, including my first marathon, and I started a running blog!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 15, 2013    

      You had a big year, too! I’m pretty sure Bill and I will do the Hokie Half again, too. :-)

  6. December 16, 2013    

    Loved reading the highlights of your year! My husband and I need to check out Hungry Mother State Park. In all the years we’ve lived in NE TN, we’ve never been there. I’ve always wondered what it’s like when we drive past the signs on our way to/from VT. So jealous you got to meet Meagan at the Hokie Half!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 16, 2013    

      Your girls would love Hungry Mother!

      That was actually Meagan’s and my third run together. We met for the first time at the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance, and then ran again before one of the VT games. We’re looking forward to you joining us for a run in 2014!

  7. December 17, 2013    

    That was awesome! I love to read about other peoples running experiences. I hope that your 2014 runs will be even better!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 17, 2013    

      Thanks! All the best for a fit 2014 for you, too!

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2014 Race Schedule

February 9 - Run Your Heart Out 5K
March 2 - Reston 10-Miler
April 6 - Fountainhead Park Backyard Burn 10-Miler
April 13 - Loudoun Half Marathon
May 10 - TKO Melanoma 5K
June 14 - Varmint Half Marathon
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
August 17 - Leesburg 20K
September 12 & 13 - DC Ragnar Relay
October 12 - Hokie Half Marathon
November 27 - Thanksgiving Day 5K or 10K
December 7 - Run With Santa 5K

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - only true trail marathon

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