Now, I'm not complaining that it's winter here. It actually wasn't wintery at all when I was here a few weeks ago, so it's refreshing; nonetheless, I am a total sissy when it comes to dealing with the cold, so I just want to make sure I don't turn into an icicle when I go out this evening (if we go out). I have my super warm coat, hat, and gloves that I brought with me from DC yesterday (to much side eye at the airport, by the way), so I'm as prepared as I can be!
This year has been an interesting one, including the weather. I have done a ton of running, but not a lot of recapping. Whoops! It's all good, though. Writing my recaps in a timely fashion is on my 2016 Running Resolutions list, so that means I have to do it! I decided to use the writing prompt put together by Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run DC as a prompt, since I think it's a great way to summarize my 2015 races for you. I wasn't able to link up, but here is her post, in case you want to read other end-of-year recaps. Here goes!
Best race experience: It's a tie between the Color Run in Baltimore and the Wipeout Run in DC. In both races, I had the chance to run with my family. In the Wipeout Run, I designed my first race costume, going as Lex Lightning/Black Lightning. (I didn't write this recap as of this posting, so you're seeing these photos for the first time! A Flecks of Lex exclusive, if you will...)
Best new piece of running gear: Probably my new running shoes. Someone suggested that I size up a half size, and I did. What a difference it made! I really love my new running shoes, and am so happy I took this advice! Runner up? Compression socks/sleeves. Lordy, lordy! Those are some miracle workers! And the third place finisher is probably my knuckle lights (affiliate link). I learned about these during the American Odyssey Relay, and am so glad I purchased them! They are great for running in the dark!
Best running advice you've received this year: Run hills! When I was running them more regularly, it really helped me with my time. I was quicker, and my quads were definitely stronger. That really dropped off in the late summer, but I know that I need to start running them again during my marathon training. Just because I acknowledge that this was great advice, however, doesn't mean that I like running hills!
Most inspirational runner: Really any of the runners I saw speak at the National Endurance Sports Summit. They were really inspirational, and the main takeaway I received was to just get out there and try something new! You'll never know the many ways you can surprise yourself!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be: 12 races in 12 months.
Left to right: Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, American Odyssey Relay, Girls On the Run 5k, The Color Run, Nike Women's 15k Toronto, The Wipeout Run, Color Fun Fest 5k, Navy 5 Miler, Ragnar DC, Baltimore Running Festival Marathon Relay, Stormwater 5k, Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon.
Be safe, tonight, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!