Thank you everyone who entered my Brooks Running giveaway! Congratulations to Dominic who was randomly selected as the winner. Stay tuned for more great giveaways in 2016! 




Courtney is hosting a fun link up to celebrate the end of the year — year in running! This year was a weird year in running with some disappointing races (Houston, Boston) and some amazing experiences (ZOOMA, Bun Run)… and just the not running over the past few weeks (which will not continue once I’m over this cold!). But anyways, a look back at my running adventures this year. 


Best race experience


Hands down, this was running the ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon in Austin with my sister. It was her first (and hopefully not her last) half marathon and it was amazing to run it next to her every step of the way! 


Best run



I probably don’t have a blog post about it, but there were a few runs this summer when I woke up at 5 a.m. for a longer run before work that were totally on point. Everything was amazing – the weather, my pace, my attitude. I loved how I felt afterwards, you can’t help but feel like a boss if you have a 12 mile run under your belt before you even get to work. 🙂


Best new piece of running gear


This year, I learned a LOT about the sports bra. It started when I adventured to Seattle with Brooks in June and continued when I attended a Title Nine event in Austin in October. Either way, having some GOOD sports bras in my collection… hands down, the best new piece of running gear. 


Best running advice you received this year



OK, nobody said this to me but the best running advice is definitely along these lines. To sum it up, basically you can’t expect to do ALL THE RACES and hit your goals, if your goals are in fact to get faster. And to continue to race all the races and get upset when you don’t hit your goals? That’s when the insanity factor comes in.


Most inspirational runner


This is a tough one! I feel like there are SO many great inspirations out there. I read a book about David Clark earlier this year that really shared what it was like to constantly have your determination and character tested. 

Among the elites… I feel like Kara Goucher is extremely inspirational. I would say at one point, when she was injured, it appeared that her running career was over. And now, she’s absolutely killing it in training and in her races! I can’t wait to see what she does at Olympic Trials. 


Favorite picture from a run or race this year



For some reason, I love this one from Boston. I look cold, but I look so happy. And that’s exactly all the emotions that happened during Boston this year.


Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat


Boston. Hands down, Boston. I can’t wait to get back to that race someday.


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

Eye opening. I feel like, in both life and running, I learned a lot about myself and the people around me. I think that it sets 2016 up to be a fantastic year and am looking forward to what it brings. 🙂


What about you? What did your year in running look like in 2015? 

What are you looking forward to in 2016? 

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