Only 13 days stand between us and 2015.
This has been a great year for me with my running. (This is going to be a long post because I’m SOOO thankful for all of my advancements) This year will be pretty hard to top-but That doesn’t mean I won’t try in 2015! This post is sort of a diary style-meets checklist for me… I wanted a post where I could look back and see all the fun things I did this year so that I don’t forget how cool (well, cool to ME, anyway!) it was ! It was the year of a lot of “firsts” for me, and a year of “running celebrations”!
In the year 2014, I …..
-Ran a real lot of races! 17! I can’t believe it was that many! To briefly sum it up…
-NINE(!!!) Half Marathons – Great Bay (Apr), Moose On The Loose (Apr), Big Lake(May), Funky Kingston(May), Naragannsett Summer Running Festival(July), Triple Threat(Aug), Manchester By The Sea(Oct), Wolf Hollow(Nov), Jingle Bell(Dec)
-THREE Marathons –Hyannis (Feb), Boston (April), Baystate (Oct)
-TWO 5k’s- 4th of July 5k, Good Times 5k (Aug)
-ONE Virtual Race-Skirts Sports Ten on Ten Miler (Sept)
-ONE 5 Miler -Marathon Sports 5 Miler (July)
-ONE 10k- Thanks4Giving (Nov)
(the picture collages throughout this post are pics from my 17 races!)
-I placed high in 6 of those 17 races-ranging between coming in a top finisher (2), winning my age group (1) 2nd in age group (3), and was within a top 10 finish for 9 races :)
-PR’d twice in the half Marathon. August with a 1:41, and October with a 1:35. (And allllmost PR’d again in December but didn’t because my legs slowed down on the last two miles that were straight uphill!)
-PR’d twice in the Marathon. Hyannis in February with a 3:45, Baystate in October with a 3:28.
- I learned just how fun it is to run with a friend. Before this year, I had NEVER run with other people before. I started running with my friend M as she trained to run her 2nd half marathon. It was so much fun and now running with other people is my favorite thing! Oh, and doing races with friends…that is also amazing and fun!
-So, YAY!!!! I ran lots of races with my friends!
*Ran 1 Race with my friend Bre! (Good Times 5k)
*Ran 3 races with my SIL (4th of July 5k), Baystate Half/Full (her the Half, me the Full), & The Thanks4Giving 5k.
*Ran 3 races with my really good friend M (Great Bay Half, 4th of July 5k, Marathon Sports 5 miler)
*Ran 4 races with my running partner! (Baystate Half/Full, Triple Threat Half, Manchester by the Sea Half, 4th of July 5k)
-Speaking of running partners, In 2014 I met mine: This is quite an involved story that completely deserves it’s own post. But… I’ll give you the short and sweet version: I met my running partner completely by accident back in January on the running blog “The Hungry Runner Girl.” She replied to my comment on HRG’s blog, and long story short: it turned out that:
-We are both crazy marathon runners
-We are a perfect “running match” for one another and challenge each other where we need it!
-We were within 15 feet of one another when the 2013 Boston Marathon bombs went off (we were both running it, and within feet of finishing)
– WE ARE NEIGHBORS….How’s THAT for a small world? We live like 5 houses apart from one another. Talk about good luck and good fortune!
-Did new race distances that I had never done before : This year, I did a 5k, 10k, Virtual race, and a 5 miler. I think my favorite distance that I tried out was the 5 miler. That was tough, but over pretty quickly! I also learned just how challenging a 5k can be, and I’m excited for next spring when I start to do a weekly 5k series on Tuesdays nights. A good 5k leaves you so sore it is ridiculous!!
- I accomplished nearly all of 2014’s goals. I had wanted to run 14 races (I ran 17), and break my (2013) 3:47 PR! I did both those things AND BQ’d!!! I have to say that I loved my BQ moment so much, and I’m still over the moon about it and it happened nearly 2 months ago! I also hit a new half marathon PR – I had wanted to PR within the 1:3x range so badly, and I finally did that in October, too!
I will be back tomorrow with the one goal that I didn’t meet, the reasons I’m okay with that, and my 2015 goals!
Now tell me two things you are happy about with your 2014 running year!