Highlights and Lowlights of 2015
I can hardly believe that this year is already coming to a close. It simultaneously feels like the shortest year ever and also the longest one – but doesn’t every year feel like that? In lieu of a running post today I want to reflect back on all of the highs and lows that I experienced in 2015…
Running Highlight of 2015:
Without a doubt the biggest running high and the very best race I had this year was the Miami Half Marathon back in January.
I not only achieved a significant personal record, but I finally finished with a “2” in front of my half marathon time (2:57). That was a magical race for me where everything just fell into place. I’ll forever chase the feelings I felt that day.
Running Lowlight of 2015:
DNF’ing at the 15K mark in the Chicago Marathon was the worst I’ve ever felt as a runner – this year or any year. I can’t really explain how heartbreaking it is to train for months just to pull yourself out of a race. Only those who have been there before can really understand how utterly demoralizing it is.
Blogging Highlight of 2015:
The best part of this year was definitely getting to meet a handful of my favorite bloggers in person.
I’m also grateful that our little part of the running blog world has continued to grow with smart, encouraging and funny people. As a fairly anti-social person it’s nice to talk to you every day without ever having to call you on the phone ;)#YouKnowWhatIMean
One thing that I thought was extra cool this year was receiving emails from readers who don’t comment here but wanted to say hi anyway. I know publicly commenting is sort of a weird thing. Before I became a blogger I never, ever would have done it. Now it’s just part of the lifestyle, haha. I love getting emails from readers who want to tell me about their latest race! Please keep ’em coming in 2016 :).
Blogging Lowlight of 2015:
During the summer I was busier than ever at work and there were many days that I didn’t publish a post. As a digital marketer it’s just in my nature to keep a close eye on my blog analytics and watching my Time on Site metric drop because readers were checking in and not finding anything new to read was a killer!
Career Highlight of 2015:
This summer I became the Director of Digital Marketing at the agency I work for. While it’s still my job to obsess over numbers and words there have been plenty of benefits that have come along with the promotion (like a raise, haha).
I also met some really great people through my job this year. Younger people that I can provide mentorship for and more experienced people I am happy to learn from. This was one of the best years of my career so far.
Career Lowlight of 2015:
The low of my career came when I had a disagreement with a coworker and learned that sometimes people suck and you have to be nice to them anyway. The morning after the disagreement this coworker and I rode the elevator together. I politely said “good morning” and he looked up at the ceiling and ignored me. I had plenty of negative thoughts towards him for many days afterwards. During this time period I learned that I can really hold a grudge. I need to work on that. I also need to work on voicing my opinions in a less … um… self-righteous manner.
But when you’re right, you’re right ;).
Best Overall Highlight of 2015:
A lot of really good things happened for me this year, but I would say the biggest highlight was my mom moving to South Florida. It’s so nice that she’s just a 15 minute drive away now instead of being a 4 hour drive away. Next up? Convincing my dad he needs to move here too!
Overall Lowlight of 2015:
My DNF at Chicago ranks up there, as do the months during this summer when I was leaving my house at 7am and not getting home until 8pm due to a longer commute. My quality of life during those months really wasn’t great and I wouldn’t have made it through with my sanity intact if I didn’t have great coworkers and Adam.
It was really during that time that I took to heart the saying, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Choose wisely.
That’s my 2015 in review. I’ll probably pop up a more in-depth review just about running in the coming days. When I reflect back on everything that happened in the last 365 days of pounding the pavement there is a lot to be happy about and a lot to improve upon. I’m really looking forward to 2016.
What was your running highlight or lowlight this year?