Now that I’m done racing for the year, I feel like I can finally put this up! I love reading these posts and I did not do one last year, so I’m excited to finally write one of my own. Thanks to Miss Zippy for the idea!

It was a roller coaster of a year, both mentally and physically, but I learned a lot along the way and that is one of the most important things in my opinion.

  • Best race experience?

I had 2 great races this year, one was the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, but I think the Rehoboth Beach Half wins out in this category. It was my most anticipated race this year, and I felt strong, I felt happy, and it confirmed that I’m back in the racing game after my injury.

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  • Best run?

No question, my first run back after my stress fracture. I ran 1 mile with Beth and it was absolutely amazing. After being sidelined for 7 weeks, it was great to be able to really move again.

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  • Best new piece of gear?  

Hands down, my Hokas. I know these tend to be great shoes for ultra runners, I’m no ultra runner, but I absolutely love them. They work for me! Everything from my daily training runs to my short and long distance races. I love the fit and my feet feel protected and comfortable.

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  • Best piece of running advice you received?

Be patient. I don’t know who said this to me, maybe it was just something I told myself, but it’s what got me through the second half of the year. I was patient while recover from the SF, and also while getting back into running, which is what led me to drop out of the NYC Marathon. Patience is a virtue and it paid off.

  • Most inspirational runner?

This is a tough one. There are so many people I wish I could put down, but if I have to choose just one, I would pick Beth. She has made leaps and bounds in progress this year and her positivity is infectious. I’ve become pretty close to her this past year and she has helped me through so many tough situations and I can never thank her enough.

She’s pushed herself mentally and physically and no matter what, she has come out on top. She ran her first marathon, PR’d a whole slew of races and is one of the happiest people I know. Love this girl!

 

  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

A roller coaster of emotions. In running and life, patience is key!

Looking forward to what 2014 brings.

8 Comments

  1. Nice wrap up. I’m really growing to love my Hokas as well, they just feel good.

  2. Seems like you accomplished a ton in your year of running. I would have to say my year of running just my life has been one hell of a ride.
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  3. Congrats on making it back after an injury! Having to take time off stinks but its great that youre back and better than ever!
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  4. STEPH! I’m absolutely speechless. I truly love you and am so incredibly grateful for your friendship. You inspire ME. ALL. THE .TIME. You inspire me to be better, stronger, and faster. You inspire ME to always give a little but more than I think I can give because you ALWAYS do. Thank you for always being the voice inside my head during speedwork saying, “You can do this.” “Don’t give up.” You are once of the most amazing people I’ve met in a long time. You are such an incredible friend and person and I’m so happy you’re in my life. Love you, friend! You had a pretty fantastic end to 2013. Can’t wait to see the amazing things you’re going to accomplish in 2014.

  5. Ahh…patience does pay. Wish it was an easy virtue! Very happy that you have come back from a stress fracture in great fashion. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2014 of running!
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  6. our years are so similar :) so glad you are finishing the year strong and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings you!!
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  7. Your year really has been such an inspiration. You made some enormous strides, you recovered smartly and successfully from a stress fracture, and you are already back at it and improving as a runner. Can’t wait to see what you’re capable of in 2014 :)

  8. Congrats on a great year, Stephanie!! And I totally agree with you on Beth being inspiring…love her!! Cheers to 2014!

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