2014 Has Been a Great Running Year for Me!

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.

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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!

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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:

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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

October – December: Finished the Portland Marathon, PR’d at the Fort Lauderdale Half, began training for the Miami Half in January, PR’d at the Jingle Bell Jog 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:

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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:

5K:

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!

Half Marathon:

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.

Marathon:

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:

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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)?

 

18 comments

  1. cheryl

    It was a great year of running for you! Thanks for taking us all along! I hope you also know that you encouraged me on my running journey this year–thanks!
    My biggest running achievement–BQ!
    Merry Christmas!
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  2. Molly

    What an awesome year for you, Kristina! I have enjoyed following along! This year I ran my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd half marathons, and hopefully 2015 will be the year of the marathon for me. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings us all!

  3. Rachel

    What an amazing year for you!!! Seeing the improvement over the year is my favorite part of running. This year seemed like every month something happened to throw me off but I got a great 5k time and finished my first half marathon!! Best of all is getting to that point where you’re comfortable with your body. I’ve struggled a lot but I love that this past year I felt good about myself and my accomplishments. You’re an encouragement and I’m glad I found your blog!!

  4. Brooke @ wreckingroutine

    How cool that you PR’d in all three of those distances! That is seriously one amazing feat to accomplish in one year. Well done!
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  5. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Wow, you have had an amazing year. It’s awesome that you were able to complete a marathon. But above all else, the changes in your health and the way you feel about yourself are the most exciting!
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  6. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    I was smiling the whole time reading this and then at the end got goosebumps! The PRs and progress in running are all so awesome. Congratulations on accomplishments well earned! But the last part–the strides in confidence, health, and overall as a person–are just as huge. This year was also the first year I’d ever worn running skirts. I’d previously always worn long tights or capris. When I first lost a lot of weight, I got down to the point that I think I was a bit too thin (wearing size 4 pants), but I still had large thighs. That’s just how I’m built. As thin as I get, I will always have large thighs. I know it, but it’s hard accepting it and hard being confident about it. That’s why I am still very uncomfortable in shorts. I think I wore shorts out in public once, this year, to the dog park, but I have never worn them running. One of my goals for next year is to be comfortable running in shorts, which is more of a mental goal than a weight loss goal for me.
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  7. Jess

    What an incredible year! I’m so happy for your fresh new PRs and I’m thrilled to hear running has been so good for you. It really is great for body and mind. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your 2015 goals and plans too!

    Out of curiosity, what running shorts do you like? I’m actually thrilled that it’s winter because running tights? Not a problem. Running shorts and I have a bad history with chafing, riding up, and more, and for some reason they don’t make my favorite running tights in shorts-form.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hey Jess! The only shorts I’ve ever worn that NEVER cause chafing are the Under Armour Authentic 7″ Compression Shorts (https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/womens-ua-authentic-7-compression-shorts/pid1236555-001). They are ridiculously comfortable and the pocket in the waistband is really roomy too. I am hoping Santa brings me about 10 pairs of them for Christmas 🙂

  8. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    What a great year for you in so many areas! Now that you have learned so much I know you will continue to make huge improvements in 2015!
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  9. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    What a great year you have had, Kristina. Not only did you complete a number of races, but also you conquered new distances and faster times. You’ve got to be proud looking back at all you have done.

    I know what you mean about self-confidence and little milestones, like wearing a running skirt. I learned a lot about myself over the past year and have more confidence now than I ever have before. I am most proud of learning how to swim and entering the world of triathlon. It has taken my athleticism to entirely different place, and one I love. ☺
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  10. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    You had such an amazing year. I teared up a little reading the last part… running has such a wonderful, profound effect on our lives. It DOES inspire us to be healthier, but also to care about ourselves more and to believe in ourselves.

    Congrats on having such an amazing year. You put the work in and it paid off! 2015 is sure to be awesome for you!
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  11. Lizzy

    What a year! Congratulations on the PRs and on running your very first marathon! I also ran my first full this year, can you believe we did it?!

    You’ve made some tremendous progress in running in just two years! I’m looking forward to following along with your running journey in 2015.
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  12. Jennifer

    Fabulous year in review, Kristina! You made such great strides in your running this year – time/distance… so excited to follow you for 2015-2016 🙂 I think you will surprise yourself next year! PS – LOVED LOVED your graphics that you used. Big fan of translucent with words haha 🙂
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  13. LeAnne

    You’ve made great strides this year! Congrats on all your running and running-related accomplishments! For me the biggest accomplishment was running my first half, and then getting PRs in the two 1/2 marathons I ran after my first one. My first one was in Chicago and I wanted to finish sub-3 hours (which I did). It was a big deal for me because I was coming back from an injury and lots of physical therapy and also because my dad flew to Chicago (from Jamaica) to surprise me.
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  14. Karen

    You’ve had such an amazing year 🙂 Congrats on the weight loss, that is totally awesome! and all the great running accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your journey!!! I look forward to seeing what you have going on all the time. Hope the upcoming year brings you more success 🙂
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  15. Catherine

    You are inspiring. That’s just it, incredibly inspiring.

  16. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    What a year, Kristina! It must be so motivating to read about all of your accomplishments and PRs. 30lbs- that is AWESOME, particularly because you are going it in a healthy way. I would love to know more about how you are losing weight healthily, if you ever decide to share that on your blog.

    Merry Christmas Eve!! Give Cecil a Christmas kiss for me!
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  17. Kim

    You had an incredible year of running – I loved reading your recap!!!
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