Running in 2012 :: A Fun Q&A

I came across this 2012 running recap Q&A on Ashley’s blog last night, which was actually started by Amanda, and couldn’t resist joining in! This year certainly had its ups and downs on the running front but I think in the end I came out on the other side with a more positive attitude. Let’s take a look…

1. Best Race Experience: 3M 1/2 Marathon. I was absolutely blown away by my race performance at 3M. I thought I had no business running that pace during the first few miles, but as I hung on right through the finish – it was clear that running is {obviously} just as much mental as it is physical. I told myself I could do it, pushed through the discomfort, and came out on top with a PR that I didn’t think was possible.


2. Best Run: A small, local 5K run with Brad. This was the beginning of Brad’s foray into running and it made me SO happy! Little did I know only a few short months later he’d agree to participate in the Austin Distance Challenge with me. I never thought the day would come where I’d run a half marathon with him, let alone 3 in 3 months!


3. Best new piece of gear: Pro Compression socks. I had a few pairs of socks and sleeves from other various brands, but Pro Compression swooped in and won me over this year! Their products and customer service are seriously TOP NOTCH.

Pro Compression Love

I’m all for supporting smaller companies and I’m pretty sure I’ve done that this year since I now own every single color marathon sock they make!

4. Best piece of running advice you received:

“Don’t make excuses! Don’t call yourself slow. Just work hard, if that’s something you want, at getting faster. Don’t have huge goals – have mini goals, that won’t bring you down. Mentally its too much pressure.”

Sometimes you need advice, HONEST advice, to kick yourself back into gear. I’m very thankful to have Ashley to put me in my place when I need it 🙂

5. Most Inspirational Runner(s):

  • Jocelyn from Enthusiastic Runner. I started reading her blog about a year and a half ago, and it’s amazing how far she’s come in such a short time. She’s slashed over an hour off of her marathon PR and I can’t wait to see her crush Eugene in April 2013. {Read her Philly recap – hilarious!}
  • Lora from LV Runs NYC. She was plagued with injury during her recent BQ-attempt and is now making her comeback to running. Definitely another one to track at Eugene – girl is FAST! Also hands-down one of the most well-written blogs in my reader.
  • Lauren from Health on the Run. Another incredibly well-written blog, SPEEDY runner coming back from injury. 2013 has big things in store for her, like Operation #goodbye318. I don’t doubt she’ll smash that goal next year at VCM!

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

Humbling. Amazing. Fast. FUN!

I’m looking forward to cranking out the miles in 2013 and pushing outside of my comfort zone. And as I said in my Philly recap

I’m ready to put in the work. I’m ready to push hard. I’m ready to dig deep and run strong.

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  1. Great post Melissa. We all have our ups and downs each year. I truly feel that 2013 will be an amazing year for you 🙂

    • Thanks girl, I’m really looking forward to it! Contemplating a little redemption on the NJ Marathon {the half} course in May. Sub-2 debut?

  2. A positive attitude can be a great thing. Hope you have a wonderful 2013!

  3. It is fun reading all the recaps 🙂 I too developed a love affair with ProCompression in 2012

  4. Hey Melissa. Great running year! Congrats on your running accomplishments. I too heart Enthusiastic Runner! Merry Christmas!

  5. Congrats on a great running year! I’ve been eyeing compression socks and need to get some–perhaps ProCompression ones would be good for me. I’m off to check them out!

    • Thank you! Definitely check out Pro Compression. Sign up for their mailing list – each month they have a “Sock of the Month” special for 40% off!

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  7. Looks like you had a great year! Can’t wait to see what happens in 2013!

    Thank you so much for thinking I am inspirational – That really means a lot to me. 🙂

  8. I enjoyed reading this post! Also, totally envious of your ProCo collection!
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