2013 – the year in running.

20 Dec

I love end-of-the-year surveys and when I saw this one on Ashley’s blog I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon. Here’s how 2013 went for me, running-wise. Spoiler alert: it was a good year.



I didn’t keep track of my total mileage — it was spotty.  I focused on running when I felt like it, and cross-training like whoaaa.  One fitness goal of mine for 2014 is going to be to track my mileage.

Marathon: 1 (Rock n Roll San Diego – 3:49.)

Half-Marathons: 5 (Surf City – 1:45, OC Half -1:39:56, Long Beach-1:40:40Rock n Roll LA-1:42:42, and Santa to the Sea 1:36:58)

10ks – 3 (Hollywood Half 10k,  Midnight Mission 10k, Turkey Trot LA)

5ks – 5 (Firefly Run, Surf City 4th of July 5k,  Mustache Dache, Turkey Trot 5k, and Christmas 2 Give 5k coming up this Saturday!)

Best race experience? 

Santa to the Sea!

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I loved this race not just because of the PR that came with it.  It was a fun, flat course and had great crowd support, was well organized, and I loved finishing by the Pacific Ocean.

Best run?

It’s hard for me to pick one — I had so many great runs with my DTLA running club since I joined in April.  I love our runs to the USC track possibly the most… Or any run with an epic view of DTLA.


Some of the gang at Cromwell Track & Field Stadium.

new fav LA spot. (on my run)

new fav LA spot = Vista Hermosa Park.

A close runner up would be a run I did with my friend Emily when I visited Chicago for my friends’ wedding.


Best new piece of gear?

Garmin Forerunner 10. Thank god for this little guy.  I love how light it is and I have it set to show me current pace and distance.  I like that during races I don’t see total time — but I can with one pretty easy click.

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Close second? Lululemon running skirts!



Best piece of running advice you received?

After a speedy run with my DTLA running group before my first marathon, one guy said “do not run a single mile of your marathon as fast as you ran tonight.” Well said.

Most inspirational runner?

I have a few answers to this question.  First the runners I run with every week with Back on My Feet are inspiring.  They are coming from places of adversity and are out there logging the mileage.

My friend Katherine inspires me — she PR’d in the marathon by 32 minutes and is a very dedicated runner.

Finally, in terms of within the blog world, HRG is easily the most inspirational. She had a pretty tumultuous year personally and still broke 1:30 in the half-marathon, and remains insanely upbeat and positive. Love her. 

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

Pushing myself, re-inspired, getting after it!

What was YOUR best running experience of 2013? 

10 Responses to “2013 – the year in running.”

  1. KJ December 20, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Reading your blog has inspired me to pick up running again! Just wanted to say thank you!

    • gillian December 20, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Thank you, KJ! That’s so awesome. Can’t wait to start reading your blog!

  2. Ashley December 20, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Girl you have had an amazing year in running! I need to hop on the running skirt bandwagon they look so fun.

    • gillian December 20, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Thank you! I thought they were SO dorky and then tried one on and was like…ohhhh I get it now.

      On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM, That's G

  3. leftcoastcontessa December 20, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks for the shout out and congrats on a big PR!

    • gillian December 20, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Thank you!! and of course!

  4. Brittany December 22, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    What a year!! Amazing job with all your runs, and I love your skirts and the watch is NECESSARY!

    • gillian December 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Thank you SO much, Brittany!!

  5. mburton0214 December 23, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    There’s so much positivity in this post that it makes it hard to be envious of your speediness! I love that not only do you love running but that you give back with your running as well.

    You are an inspirational runner!

    • gillian December 23, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      That is probably the nicest comment I’ve ever gotten on this blog. Thank you so much, Melissa!! 🙂

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