This year in running has been fairly monumental for me. Not only did I PR in every distance I raced, but I increased my long run distance from 13.1 to 26.2!
I’m really looking forward to pinning down some plans for next year, but first here’s a recap of a my 2014.
My Goals at the Beginning of 2014:
This year I only set two goals for myself:
- Work on nailing my long run nutrition
- Finish a marathon
Done and DONE!
I really struggled with long run nutrition for a while. I would either neglect to bring anything with me at all except water or I would bring junk. One time I brought peanut M&Ms.
This year I committed to Honey Stinger chews, which I really like, and they have made all the difference in the world.
Finishing a marathon? Well, yeah, that totally got done!
I didn’t finish as fast as I would have liked, but that’s what next year is for. Now that I know I can go the distance, I can work on improving myself in other areas.
Month by Month Highlights:
This year I spent eight months training and had a four month “off season” in the spring. During my off season I worked on building a comfortable long run base to make marathon training easier.
January – February: Trained for and ran the Disney Princess Half and Fort Lauderdale 5K
March – June: Worked on my long-run base to prepare for marathon training (did a double digit run every weekend), started working with Coach Lauren in April
July – September: Trained for the Portland Marathon and PR’d at the Optime 5K
I’m really satisfied with the way my training and racing played out this year. This last quarter in particular was really gratifying for me.
There were moments when I was slogging it out in the summer heat that I wondered if I was making any progress at all, My fall and winter accomplishments seem to suggest I was doing something right! ; )
PR’s Achieved in 2014:
Last year (2013) was my first full year of running. I ran my very first 5K and my first half marathon. I think it makes sense then that 2014 was really a year of PRing for me.
I mean, you always hope that your second year of doing something will produce better results than when you were a total beginner, right? 🙂
I officially PR’d in three different distances this year:
My fastest 2013 5K time was 42:41 (on a course that I think was a little short).
This month I PR’d in the 5K with a time of 38:00!
My fastest half marathon from 2013 was my very first half marathon which I finished in 3h 35mins.
In February of this year I PR’d at the Princess Half with a time of 3h 24mins and in November I ran the Fort Lauderdale half and finished in 3:00 (and 44 seconds) … or 3:03 if you want to go by the official results which I (and many others) truly believe are incorrect. Either way this was a pretty big PR for me and one that I am really proud of.
The Portland Marathon was my very first marathon so it was a PR by default!
(The marathon is the race distance that I most want to work on improving at in 2015.)
While I didn’t race a 10K this year I PR’d in this distance during multiple training runs! I’d like to race a 10K in 2015 if I can find one, but it’s a rare race distance down here in South Florida for some reason.
Misc. Goals Achieved:
Indirectly related to running this year I made some strides in my overall confidence as a person.
I lost almost 30lbs this year (in a healthy way) and started wearing running skirts and shorts! I even wore regular shorts out of the house in public!
The clothing update may not sound like a very big goal to many people, but anyone who has ever struggled with bulimia, compulsive overeating or related issues will understand that it may be the most meaningful achievement of all.
I really have to thank running for inspiring me to want to be a healthier person who challenges herself every day to get better. Running has done wonders for me both mentally and physically and I honestly don’t know who I would be right now if I hadn’t discovered it.
I won’t say that running is good a replacement for therapy because getting professional help when you need it is important, but I will say that I’ve felt much happier, satisfied and alive since I started running. That’s good stuff!
Overall I have to say I could not be happier with the running I did in 2014.
Thank you for reading along and being a part of the ride!
What is the #1 thing you’re most proud of accomplishing this year (running related or not)?