Rock the Parkway, Garmin, and Running with the Cows. I have re caps on my old blog so check out the links to read about them. I also did the famed Hospital Hill half a few weeks afterwards. My 10 Ks included The Speedy PD and Brew to Shoe and my 25 K trail run was Konquer the Konza. I have officially fallen in love with the half marathon distance for sure.
Best Race Experience:
Best Run: In a race, it had to be Running with the Cows. The weather was perfect, the stars aligned and the pacer was the best ever. I have my half PR on that course and can't wait to do it again next year and try for an even better PR.
Worst Run: Not sure if this was on the original list and I do try to forgot but hands down the Hospital Hill run. Not only had I had some mystery fever a few days before so I was not 100% but it rained the entire 13.1 miles. Yes, I wore a garbage bag the entire race to protect my phone. I knew going in it would be a tough course and I don't mind hills, but hills plus driving rain = no fun. I will take rain though over soaring high temps and humidity any day though. The garmin half was a close second due to the thunderstorm we had from about mile 8 on. I was on pace to get a 2:10 for sure and we had a horrible thunderstorm that flooded the streets we were running on making running a little tricky. Add hail and some close lightening strikes and you get the gist.
Best new piece of gear: The garbage bag. Just kidding:) My hydration pack that I got for my 25 K trail run is probably my favorite. Not only do I use it on the trails, but when it is super hot, I use it to carry water for stella and I.
Best Piece of Running Advice: Do NOT run through an injury. I did for a while but I finally listened to my body and I am sure glad I did. I could have stress fractured my leg had I not stopped. As a runner, you know your normal aches and pains. This was more than normal and I listened and got checked out. While I did miss almost a month of no running, I got to ease back in the second month of recovery with some walking and running (better than nothing for sure) and I got to try out some new cross training exercises (pool jogging rocks).
Most inspirational runner: My mom of course!