How in heavens name did I run so many 5ks?? They are my least favorite!
January: A month of marathon training and one very memorable 5k. I set a new PR for the 5k while consuming a box of donuts. Currently contemplating trying to break this PR. Donut training is going well.
If you only knew how much glaze was on my mittens/sleeves/face.February: I got to experience all thing DONNA! I ventured down to Jacksonville for a fun and pink filled weekend at 26.2 with DONNA. It was so much fun, I'm doing it again in 2015.
March: I went on vacation! My job restricts when I can take breaks and I usually work through the holidays etc. It always makes me enjoy it that much more when I escape. We headed to the DR for a friend's wedding and I accidently took a chunk out of my foot while frolicking on the beach, but I found a way to enjoy the Georgia Publix Half Marathon anyway.
April: Had an awesome time on Team Electrolit at Ragnar Trails Atlanta. It was fun to meet to meet all the ladies and dominate the women's division.
Everybody let's jump, jump.May: I ran a 5k, mainly because it was at a brewery we like. I still don't like 5ks, but beer makes them much more enjoyable. I also officially started 50k training.
June: A busy month involving travel for work and family visit. I was able to race on both trips and they were both very memorable (one unexpected PR and one stunning course). We also managed to hit 5 breweries between the two trips. In all, an excellent month.
July: Enjoyed the Atlanta heat with two races: The ever popular Peachtree Road Race and my longest trail run to date, the Troop Trot 39k where I learned that I needed new trail shoes. Oh, and I met Meb!
August: Only one race in August, but it was my longest. Had a wonderful time running my first ultra, learned a lot, and am very excited to run another!
September: A month of recovery, recovery, and more recovery.
October: No races but I did get in a nice long bike ride (which I failed to recap), visited a new state, and wore a whole lot of pink. Oh, and I turned 33!
November: My return to racing since the 50k. Two races in 36 hours, both with fun results. It's good to be back.
December: I didn't run any races, but I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at one. Always good to help out and be on the other side of the water stop once in a while. The month consisted of catching up with lots of running friends, and an unplanned rest period.
When I developed my 2014 goals, I wanted them to be challenging and it to be a stretch to complete all of them. Without a PR-able half marathon on my schedule (I ran 3 hilly ones), I thought it was the long shot on the list. When I unexpectedly achieved that goal in June, my competitive fire was lit. By the time November rolled around, I'll be honest, I was tired but I still wanted to make a good effort at the sub 4. With all the training I'd done all summer for the 50k, I knew there was a shot I could still break 4 just from the endurance training. I was more than a little shocked with the result of the marathon, both with my time but also because it checked off my last goal for the year. Now to figure out what challenges I can create for myself next year.
4 for 4. A pretty awesome year.
How was your 2014? Do you enjoy reflecting on your year?