The Final Race Of 2013 + A Look At The Past

Oh Friday, how I love it when you come fast! Especially after a productive week.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet but Dan and I have officially rented our first studio gym! We’ve been running boot camps in karate studios, gymnastics facilities, etc and now we have our very own gym to call home.

I’ve been crazy busy getting everything together for it this week, but I’ll share details soon.

Today, I want to talk running.

Perhaps the last running post of the year!

Why? Because tomorrow is my last race of the year! Okay so I guess next to last, I’ll recap on Sunday.

As much as I love to run and race, I’m pretty excited to take a few weeks off. I was beginning to get a bit burnt out over it all and I’m excited to turn my attention to some new goals.

But before that can happen, I have to get through tomorrow..

The Kiawah Half Marathon


Katie and I decided about 6 weeks ago to sign up for the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. I haven’t mentioned it yet but I am excited. It just hasn’t been a topic of conversation on the blog lately.

The course should be gorgeous, since Kiawah is one of my favorite places in the area for it’s natural beauty. And it will be great to be back just a few months after our last visit:

I originally had the goal to break 1.45, however it has since changed to just finish. I’ve had some pain in my right foot off and on for a few weeks now, so I’ve been taking it easy, very easy. A visit to the chiropractor is on the agenda today to get it taped up and run ready.

If you’re running Kiawah, I would love to meet up!

A Look At The Past

My friend MissZippy, put up a survey of her runs from 2013. I thought it would be fun to jump in and do the same. After all, this year was epic in terms of the number of races I did.

After tomorrow, I have raced at least 16 times this year. By far the most ever.

So let’s do a little recap, shall we?

Best Race Experience? 

Would be the Laurel Ridge Trail Invitational. The people, the course, the weekend… everything was wonderful. This trail race was the hardest race I’ve ever EVER done, and at times I wanted to cry, but it was an amazing experience that I hope to repeat! We have a trail race planned for January!

Best Run? 

The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon. I went in feeling prepared and confident for this half. Each mile felt great and it was one of those few runs where you realize you’re farther than you thought. I was running miles at times I never thought I would be capable of doing, which is why I decided to do the Kiawah run.

Best New Piece Of Gear?

My Magic Stick! When I placed in the Crowfield 5K, I received a gift card to Fleet Feet. I knew I wanted a magic stick and it hasn’t let me down yet. My calves are always super tight so having this around helps tremendously.


Best Piece Of Running Advice? 

Listen to your body. Is one run going to mess up future runs? If so, then take the day off the chill out. I grew up “pushing through the pain”, now I’m finally starting (just starting) to follow my own advice and pull back when I need to.

Most Inspirational Runner?

Most people have shared some famous runner for this… I’m not.

I am inspired by my running partners. Katie, Jeanette and Amy. Each time we train together they inspire me to train harder. And each time we race together, they inspire me to give it all I have. Katie is always helping me to get my brain out of a race and her own personal times inspire me to continue to work on getting better (this girl is FAST).

These ladies are amazing and without them who knows if I would have had the year of PR’s that I have had.

If You Could Sum Up Your Year In A Couple Of Words… 

Acknowledging that I am a runner.


Now it’s your turn…

Answer one of the questions below! 

If you don’t run, that’s okay… fill it in with what you do!


  • Good luck!! Hope the foot cooperates!!! Congrats on the gym- that is super exciting! Ill have to come cisit!!!

    • Thanks! You will have to come by!

  • I’ve run Kiawah – it was actually my first road race, ever. My parents signed up for it in high school and I thought I would join them in the half marathon. Of course, I had only run three miles in my whole life. I started the race with new shoes and not having run for the last two months.

    It was a long day.

    That said, the course is absolutely gorgeous and I’d really love to make it back sometime and “redeem” the race for myself! Have so much fun and enjoy the scenery.

    • You should come back and run! The area is so gorgeous!

  • Aww, thanks for the shoutout. You inspire me too, I am so glad I started running with you all and hate that I’m having to miss a lot this month (big girl job is kinda crazy right now). You girls definitely push me every Tuesday morning, not just to get out of bed but also to really give my best on the repeats. A lot of times when I run by myself I will slack off a little ;). Plus y’alls times are inspiring too!

    You will do great at Kiawah. It may not be your best race ever with all that is going on with the anemia, but in the end, it is just a race and it is held every single year (with more and more popping up). You are getting out there and doing something that so many others cannot. In the years I’ve been running I’ve experienced ups and downs. It is just like life.

    Here’s to a great last race for you… whether it’s a PR or placing or just enjoying the run… and here’s to a 2014 full of great running for us too!

    • The race summed up in one word: Sucked.

      There will be others but right now it’s about recovery and rest. Don’t worry we’re taking time off from the track too due to crazy holiday schedules!

  • Jeanette F

    I’ve got a 5k that was supposed to be my ‘end of my speed training program’ race. However, since life got in the way and I only made it through 4 weeks of that program I’m guessing I won’t be winning any gold :). It’s okay, there’s plenty more time and races in the next few months. Good luck tomorrow!

  • Kim

    Have a great time tomorrow!!!
    Congrats on buying a studio – very exciting!!!

  • KarenG in France

    Fully agree with the fact you need to learn to listen to your body. Have fought two running injuries this year. Haven’t run for the past 6 weeks and its hard. Should have listened when foot started hurting… Looking forward to 2014 !

    Congrats on your studio !!

    • Thanks! Yup, I should have listened a little better.

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