Tell Me About Your 2012


I’m joining in on the 2012 Miss Zippy fun. It has been a year of milestones for me.

  • Best race experience? Going in I wouldn’t have expected this one, but grabbing an unexpected PR in the Mustache Dasche 5K was probably the best race of the year. Maybe peppermint mochas are great pre-race fuel (no, they’re not, don’t try at home).


This race taught me that I can go in looking to have fun and not put any pressure on myself and then end up competing  and place! What the wha? (happy) Mind over matter baby.

  • Best run? Ack, so many. The one that comes to mind most clearly was the 20 miler that I ran by myself with aid from my dog and husband. He dropped water, he took video, he re-fueled me, she wagged and played in the water. I was able to chug through these miles at a good pace, it made me confident in my long running abilities.


  • Best new piece of gear? CEP compression sleeves and socks. Hands down, changed my life. THANK YOU for the recovery and for saving my calves.
  • Best piece of running advice you received?  During a marathon, start out slow. Someday I’ll learn.
  • Most inspirational runner?  Karen of She’s a talented runner, a great writer and a good friend. She’s had some marathon set-backs in 2012, but she’s an incredible inspiration for her will power, calm head and her back story.
  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Unexpected set backs and triumphs. Which is really what life should be.

Go ahead join in and answer Miss Zippy’s 2012 questions, it’s fun to think about what 2012 brought in your world of running.

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  1. Awww, thanks dear. :) You’re already my favorite blogger buddy, glad the feeling is mutual. I think we both need a buddy do-over marathon, CIM was a disaster race for pretty much everybody that went for a goal time. Up for Avenue of the Giants on May 5? I’ll even be your local shuttle and hotel service. ;)

    • I agree 100%, however, May is too soon for me :-( PT wants me at 100% before tackling the next one, lots of new lateral movement to strengthen my hips and recover my knee fully. May 5th is also the day after John’s bday, we go up to Vancouver every year to celebrate (otherwise I would come down to Avenue of the Giants and scream my head off for you). Let’s plan for a fall 2013 one? Or a half marathon?

  2. Loved it! Your run w/ the hubs and dog doing crew is great. And I’m going to have to check out your friend’s blog–she’s a new one to me!

    Thanks for playing!

    • Thanks for posting, so much fun! I’m excited to see what’s next for you Amanda, I think you have a fire in your belly after 2012 that is going to be amazing to unleash.

  3. Sounds like you had a very eventful year.
    I think peppermint mochas would be fabulous whenever;)

    • Haha Abby, ok, it’s true, Peppermint mochas are fabulous at any time. Just a word of advice, be sure to have a strong stomach if you plan on slurping one down before a race!

  4. I need to learn to love compression socks. I know they’d help me a ton with recovery… but I just feel like I’m trying to squeeze my big calves into toddler sized tights. (I have really big calves, lol!)

    and peppermint mochas are the best fuel for ANYTHING. #justsayin’

    • Can’t believe I haven’t replied to this yet, try CEP, they come in different sizes for different calves, I’ve had mine measured before buying them. They seriously make life better.

  5. What a fun post! I especially like the part about your husband and dog helping you through the tough run by motivating you and leaving you water, etc. It reminds me of the first time my mom walked 13 miles (since her half marathon was canceled) so she did it around our block at home – – my dad drove by with a banana when she was on mile 10 or so. So great to have that support :)

    • Thanks Rachel, my husband and dog are so good to me! I love the image of your dad driving by with a banana, how awesome that your mom is fit and just decided to do the distance anyway. Love that!

  6. Mmmmm peppermint mochas are divine! I find myself going through the drive-through to get one every time I’m driving home from a winter run (if I drive to meet someone instead of the coming to my house).

    You’ve had a great year, congrats!! I’m uber impressed w/ your 20-miler. I can’t even fathom that distance right now. Maybe someday…

    • Thanks Jan, there are definitely days that I can’t fathom a 20 miler either! It took me awhile to enjoy long distance running and I still don’t love it 100% yet, that’s definitely why that run was an accomplishment! Oh and peppermint mochas make the season! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  7. I love that your 5k pr came so unexpectedly! And those are great marathon words of advice… very timely. I’m searing them to memory, hope I can follow them. Have a great holiday week!

    • Merry Christmas Laura!! You will do great in your marathon, I’ll be cheering you on. Remember to run your race, be conservative and smart and at the end let everything go and finish hard. Don’t leave anything out there.

  8. Loved reading your recap. Anyone who considers their dog as part of their crew is a blog I should probably be reading! Hope you have a wonderful 2013!

    • Thanks Abbi! I LOVE your icon! Just read about how you run with dogs from the Animal League and started Miles and Mutts, that is amazing!! Soli doesn’t really love to run unless it’s off leash in the trails, but we’re lucky we can give her that experience and that we had the time to train her. I hope you have a wonderful 2013, I look forward to following you! (I’m super impressed with your ultras!)

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