2014: In the rearview-Accomplishments&Firsts

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!)
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-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!)
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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!
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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!!
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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!
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It was a fantastic, amazing, incredible year!

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!

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49 thoughts on “2014: In the rearview-Accomplishments&Firsts

  1. What a truly amazing and awesome year you’ve had – many congratulations on seeing your hard work and dedication come to fruition!! I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you, though we still haven’t met “IRL” yet….you’re such a positive spirit and a pleasure to converse with and follow. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do in 2015, you’re gonna blow the doors off!

    Two things I’m happy about?
    BQing 3 times (I still can’t believe it finally happened, at all, let alone 3x)
    2 PRs!
    and a third – two marathons (& BQs) 4 wks apart

    Still to come, my first ultra, in a week, and becoming a Marathon Maniac. Think strong thoughts my way 12/28 please 🙂

  2. Dang girl, what a year for you!

    Amazing story about finding your running partner!!

    My accomplishments: 1. Running my first ever half marathon 2. Running another half 9 months later and under 2 hours 🙂

  3. Wow – what an amazing year! You’ve made the most incredible progress in 12 months – so very inspiring. 2014 was the year of my first ever marathon – and it went better than I could ever have hoped. Plus a new half marathon PR! Bring on 2015!

  4. LOVE!!! LOVE!!! LOVE!!! Your year truly has been one HUUUUGE keg of AWESOME SAUCE!!!! which you sooooo deserved, especially clinching that ever illusive BQ and then how you crushed your half mary PR’s like nobody’s business twice in the same calendar year is truly the stuff books are made of!!! 🙂 Annnnnd 17 races … WOWZA!!! You rock star!!! For me my biggest running accomplishment of 2014 was after nearly 4 years of striking out and a couple near misses, finally PR’ing in the 5K again … my distance of choice and nabbing only the 2nd age group award of my running career 🙂 and as far as you are concerned missy I’m not looking forward to your goals for 2015 but what I KNOW you’ll be writing about next December as accomplishments 😉 with your work ethic I think the goals barring injury are as good as DONE!!! Can’t wait to see what you are chasing next!!! And finally I love how we have such respect for each others distance of choice lol … yes, 5K’s truly are painful especially when racing them with all you’ve got and likewise 26.2 is just as much lovely torture ha! 🙂

  5. You’ve accomplished so much this year and I have no doubt you will continue to do so in 2015 🙂 I think my two happiest running-related things this year were 1) getting sub-4 in my marathon and 2) falling in love with running! Before this year, running was more just my favorite form of exercise…now it’s something I love and don’t ever want to live without! I’m sure you can relate 🙂

  6. WOW, 17 races and 2 PRs is definitely something to be super proud of! Way to work hard and achieve most of your goals. You have to save something for 2015, right? ☺ It’s been fun following along this year and watching you grow as an athlete!

  7. WOOT WOOT you had such an incredible year and cant wait to follow you in 2015. i love how you met your running partner (small world!) and cant wait to read a blog post about that sometime in the future!

  8. What an awesome year!! Nicely done! My two things I’m happiest about for the past year are – 1) Getting my mileage up past a 5K (and finishing 2 10Ks and a half marathon!), and 2) stepping out of my comfort zone and joining a running club… that has been one of the best decisions I ever made! 🙂

  9. Wow, what a great year for you! Such an inspiration 🙂

    My 2 running highlights were
    -starting to enjoy running
    – 10k pr down by almost 2 mins to my previous 10k pr 🙂

  10. Congrats on such an amazing year! I want to accomplish a lot of those things so badly, but I’m just not there yet. I’m probably going to have a more conservative year in 2015, although I’ll be running quite a few races, I just need to build a base and focus on gradual improvement. Maybe 2016 will be my breakthrough year! Keep up the good work, you’re an inspiration!

    Also….you had never done a 5K before? WOW! I’m kind of surprised!! 🙂

  11. Congratulations on a truly AMAZING year! I am so so proud of you!

    I know you are going to rock the socks off 2015 as well, and can’t wait to see it! I hope it will involve lots more running and hopefully racing together! I absolutely loved your BQ moment, and I am so happy that you let me be a part of that! xo

    • I can’t wait to race together! I keep forgetting to tell you that once my acceptance card comes in, I’m going to try to get into an earlier corral and maybe we can run boston together!? That would be a blast! The BQ moment was awesome because of your help! Hugs!!!

  12. Oh my gosh, I’m so overwhelmed with amazing accomplishments here!! WOW!! Congrats on a fabulous running year!! You are truly beautiful, wonderful, and such a great athlete!! So great!!! XOXO

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