There is less than one week left in 2014. Where did this year go? That’s a question I am sure we are all asking ourselves. Every year about this time, I sit back and try to remember what all I really did this year. Was I successful? Did I do something crazy and cross something off my bucket list? I feel as compared to 2013, this year was a little more laid back. Not to say it wasn’t great, but let’s just say I didn’t travel halfway across the world to New Zealand for my best friend’s wedding or no jumping out of planes, but I did accomplish a lot and leave no regrets to 2014.
One of the biggest accomplishments is that I started this blog. I have said for years I would do this and finally over the summer I took the plunge and completed it! Going into 2015 I am excited about getting more consistent on here and sharing more than just running.
Since 2014 was a busy year, I could pick a lot of great moments to talk about, but here are five running things I’m most happy about from 2014.
1 – Up to the time I am posting this, I have run 620.8 miles. To some who have goals of running 1,000+ miles a year, this may not seem like a lot, but this is the most I’ve ever run. I had some really good months and some really bad months, but when I looked up that number, I was shocked. To put this in perspective, I only ran 347.5 miles in 2013. I really ran 273.3 more miles this year? WOW. These miles have taken me to so many great places! I’ve even crossed off 4 more states on my 50 state quest.
2 – I started the year by running a HUGE PR at the Charleston Half Marathon. My previous PR was from 2012 Philadelphia Half Marathon, which I clocked in across the finish line at 2:26:28. I was happy to shave 11:28 off that time and finished the first race and first half marathon of the year in 2:15:00 flat!!! Throughout the year I also set a PR in every other race distance I ran this year: 10 miler, 10k, 6k, 5k and 1 mile (and 15K if you count it since was my first one ever). A few of these PRs came with quite surprise, but I was happy to say to say I felt 2014 I actually had some speed on those legs.
3 – I ran a lot of races in 2014… 23 to be exact! I didn’t mean to run this many races. Honestly! Some races were pretty good, some were miserable and some took me over places I would even imagine – Running over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I am happy to see most of my races from this past year were longer distances.
Ragnar Relay: 1
Marathon Relays: 2
Half Marathons: 5
10 Milers: 2
1 Miler: 2
4 – If you would have asked me if I saw myself winning an age group award this year, I would have laughed at you. And to win it on my first trail race ever? I would have laughed even harder. Running the FAAP Fall Classic 5k was a last minute race, so coming out with an age group award wasn’t on my mind. Sure there might have only been 5 women in my age group, but I will take what I get!
5 – Last but not least, 2014 has been a year for meeting & connecting with new amazing running friends. A lot of this is thanks to social media. I’ve been able to plan trips with some great friends as well! Nothing like planning your race schedule with friends and being able to run together. One of the most memorable weekends was running the Akron Marathon Relay followed by the Great Race the next day. It is weekends like that that make me love the running friends in my life. I know 2015 will only bring more great adventures and miles with them all. Without a lot of these friends, I’d probably would have only run 300 miles this year. It’s been great to have an additional support system to push you when you need that extra boost.
I bid farewell to 2014 knowing I accomplished a lot, made some amazing new friends, ran a lot of miles and more importantly just had a lot of fun doing it all! I look forward to what 2015 may bring!