Year of Running

I’ve had a fantastic year in terms of running- new distances, new personal bests, new routes, new running friends. I saw this short questionnaire over on Miss Zippy’s blog, and thought it would be fun to look back over my year in running:

Best race experience?
I think it has to be my first tri- the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in June.
Even though it was only a sprint distance, this was my first multi-discipline event and I loved every moment of the swim, cycle and run. The beautiful grounds, the perfect weather and the privilege of sharing this race with my family (and dog) made this the best race experience for me. Winning a place through a Twitter competition, introduced me to the world of triathlon which I’ve decided is the right direction for me. 

Best run?
On my 30th birthday in April, I ran through the busy streets of New York on a running tour of the theatre district and surrounding landmarks. I really fell in love with the amazing city as we explored the streets and learned more about the history of the Big Apple.
I followed this up by tagging on to the New York Women’s Half-Marathon for a few laps of Central Park! Such an inspiring place to run, I could never get bored of running in New York.

Best new piece of gear?
Not something I actually run in, but I love to recover and celebrate after a half-marathon in this thirteen-point-one T-shirt from Oiselle! A purchase from New York so it reminds me of that happy holiday too.

Best piece of running advice you received?
Join a triathlon club! I’m not sure that anyone actually gave me this advice, but it is certainly one of the best decisions I’ve made this year! I’ve gained such a lot since training with Havering Triathlon Club- a new group of friends, experience in a new sport and practical advice from some great coaches.

Most inspirational runner?
My husband Glen has had a tough year in terms of running- he suffered a painful knee injury in June and has been having various types of treatment for the past six months. He has stayed positive throughout all the ultrasounds, MRI scans, physio sessions and enforced rest. His injury now shows signs of improvement after a course of intensive (and expensive) shock-wave therapy. Although, he hasn’t been able to run since the summer, he is still a runner and I’m inspired by perseverance to get past this injury. Hopefully the new year will bring a return to the sport he loves.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Further, faster and more fun! 

How was your 2014 year of running? 

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