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2 Marathons, 3 Half Marathons, PRs, Training Runs - What I've Learned - 2013 Year End Review

As I started thinking about this part year, I just realized that I completed not one but 2 Marathons this year. I PRed a Half in June, and then ran back to back Half Marathons in September. I followed that by a PR run for my last Marathon in November, although it wasn't the race that I wanted. 

As I type this post I ran 1000 miles for 2013.. not too shabby. Toss in a 5K and numerous training runs, it's been a very memorable and lesson learning year for me. 

What I learned from this year and will tell my future self in 2014: 
  • Listen to your body. Training plans are great tools, but they are just that - tools. If your plan says get in 20 miles, but at mile 10 into the run you feel pain, for pete's sake stop. Don't keep pushing through. Just stop. 
  • Training runs are not races so stop running them as if they are. 
  • Enjoy the journey in addition to the race. Don't just focus on the race and the end result. Focus on what got you there. 
  • Learn something from each run, each race, and put it to good use on the next run.
  • From time to time, put away the garmin and just run for the joy of running... no pace.. no distance... just run. 
  • Injuries and setbacks happen. It's life. Try to focus on the positive, and treat it as a learning experience. 
  • Cross training and strength training are important. Stop whining. Just do it. 
  • Trail running is a great addition to road running. Don't be afraid to get out there and explore. 
  • A 3 mile run doesn't require Sports beans no matter how great they taste. So no, stop trying to justify that you might need fuel. 
  • Never underestimate hydration. 
  • If you think you 'might need to', always stop at an available portapotty along your training route. A mile is really a lot farther than you think if you 'gotta go'. 
  • Friendships forged through running miles go the distance.. on the road, on the trail and off. Never forget those who you pounded the pavement with. 
  • There will always be 'that person' who is faster than you, fitter than you, and whose behind you will follow during a race. Don't let it discourage you. Instead let it push you harder to be a better you. 
  • You are stronger that you think - you got this. 
In these pictures you will see my smiling face of accomplishment. What you might not see are the numerous hours my Hubby supported me during training runs, my whining about super early morning runs, my injuries, and race day support. You might not see my running partners who met me often at ridiculous early morning hours to get in training runs, with support before, during and after the races. It's the love and support of family and friends that helped me get these medals. And to all of you I am forever thankful.  

It's been a great year. :) 

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  1. Some excellent lessons that translate into even better advice. Hope 2014 brings you another spectacular year!

  2. Great job on all you did in 2013! What a year!


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