Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 in Review

2014 in Review

It's that time of year again, time to sum up 2014 and look ahead to 2015. 2014 was an amazing year for me in running and life in general. I took a break from blogging to focus more being in the present, which was great and needed, but I also missed out on blogging about a lot of great experiences. I ran 10 races, beat some elites, 2 half marathons, PR'd in the 5k, and ran in 2 out of town races.

Since I hardly blogged this year let me give you a summary of how my year ended up:

14 in 2014. I only ran 10 races, which means I didn't hit my goal of 14 in 2014, but that is ok. I was only vaguely committed to that goal. It was a stretch to begin with. I kind of made a deal with my husband that if I did 2 out of town races, I would cut back on the overall number of races I'd complete. It would have also been a stretch trying to juggle my kids schedule with my running schedule.

Sub 1:50 Half Marathon. I didn't achieve my sub 1:50 half either. I guess I could have picked an easier race to try and do this than the Diva Half in Peach Tree City, GA, but I like a challenge. What I don't like is humidity and hills. I know some people would say that this was not a hilly course, but when you live in a place where a curb counts as hill work, well then, it was hilly and hot and humid. I was disappointed with my performance. I thought I trained hard and did do some hill work when I could. I even ran in the heat of the day to prepare myself, but I think the overall conditions, plus traveling got me. I did however spend a fun weekend in Atlanta. I finally got to meet a lot of MRTT mommas as this was the first official MRTT National Race. It was a great weekend even without my PR.

800 Miles. Nope, didn't get this one either, lol. I did run about 678 miles. I say about because even with a Garmin and RPF calendar I am horrible about logging all my miles. I sometimes run naked or on the treadmill and forget to log the miles when I get home. I'm sure I probably hit 700, but I will never know for sure. I also probably missed getting those extra 100 miles because I hurt my back, not once, not twice, but 3 times this year. Each time taking at least a week off from running. Luckily, I have a good chiropractor. I also took most of May off to give my legs a break and do some cross training. The same in September.

So ya, didn't hit any of my written goals, but what I did do was so much better than that! Starting with this.....

Other than getting married and having my kids this was the most amazing experience of my life! You can read all about it here, here, here, and here. And watch my video here:

(I may or may not still tear up watching this!)
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. Somehow I made it through the lottery and was able to check the very popular Cherry Blossom 10 Miler off my bucket list. My friend and I headed up to DC for the weekend in early April. Unfortunately, the cold temps meant no cherry blossoms. We did see some of the National Mall and have great Chinese food in China Town. My husband and kids also made the trek and got to see some old friends.

The Diva Half Marathon, Peachtree City, GA and MRTT Meetup. This was suppose to be my PR race. I was so so wrong. However, I did have an very cool fun weekend traveling to GA. I got to see my cousin and his family, who I hadn't seen in 10 years. It was my first trip to Atlanta and got to do it as a girls weekend. Plus, I can now check GA off my states I've run list.

I PR'd the 5k! I ran a 23:45 at the Stingray 5k. This is my church and school's 5k we do each year. A nice little out and back course at the beach.

I started Cross Training (again)! I started (and mostly) completed the He and She Sweats 12 week Run Builder. I say mostly finished because I hurt my back at week 10 and then had to post pone weeks 11 and 12 due to a race and then the holidays. I definitely am stronger and more defined than before the program. I could feel the strength during the Harbor Lights 5k and Half weekend. I hardly put any miles in leading up to the races, but felt strong in both, even the half. And bonus, no DOMS the next day!

Overall 2014 was a great running year for me even without hitting all my goals. So many unexpected and amazing experiences popped up along the way it made missing my actual goals seem like no big deal. Sometimes sitting back and enjoying the ride is so much more fun than checking boxes.

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