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.

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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

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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.

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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?

20 comments

  1. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    I don’t have any running highlights or low lights, but I would say an athletic highlight for me was definitely figuring out my knee issue and what I can do to make it better. I am really looking forward to getting back into some fitness routine in the New Year 🙂 Even though you’ve had some low lights, it sounds like you have used a lot of them as learning experiences. Wishing you the best in 2016!
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    1. Kristina

      Thanks, Sam! I agree, getting your knee sorted out this year was definitely a highlight. When you finally got back on your own two feet I was cheering for you from Florida 🙂
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  2. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    That DNF was brutal. It hasn’t happened to me yet, but I can feel the pain from it! Love the comment about not using your phone for talking on it. I’m so the same way. I could email all day, but when I have to pick up a phone and talk to someone one… yikes!
    Keep at it, I know 2016 will be your year for running!!! Good things await those who persist!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah exactly! Text me, message me, email me but please don’t call me! 😉

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I SO wish that DNF hadn’t happened. 🙁 I hope that is the lowlight of your entire running career and that everything is UP from there!!

    I don’t use my phone for calls either! And I have a flip phone, so calling is like one of the only things it does hahahaha!
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    1. Kristina

      I hope so too!!!

      I hear your flip phone can also do group text messages! 😀

      1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

        Yeah but you can’t opt out of them. 🙁 I hate that.
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  4. Laura F

    I’ve never commented before but since I follow you regularly I wanted to come show my support! My running highlight this year was completing a half marathon without stopping except for a couple of water breaks. I almost tried to get out of even running the race at all…. three of us were registered, and we had one DNS and one DNF. But in the end I’m glad I did!

    1. Kristina

      Hi Laura! That’s awesome, congrats! What a great highlight to hang your hat on for 2015!

  5. cheryl

    I had a DNF at a Ragnar and it was tough, especially because I felt I let down the team. In hindsight, it is one of those things you learn that the longer you run, those kinds of things happen, despite the best training, etc. So now you had yours, and survived through it, and made it to the other side! Keep using that disappointment to fuel your training!

    My running low light is probably now. I am not doing a very good job getting in the workouts, and I am supposed to be marathon training! :/

    I have enjoyed your blog, thanks, Kristina!
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    1. Kristina

      Hey Cheryl, thanks so much for this comment, it really struck a cord with me. I like how you wrote “those kinds of things happen.” It’s true. At the time it felt like the worst thing ever (and it still stings), but it’s really such a small setback in the grand scheme of things!

      You’ve been busy with moving! Life happens and we adjust to it. You will be just fine! You have great running experience and a solid base to rely on!

  6. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    This was one of those years, huh? Lots of BIG emotions and memories to look back on. I can’t even wrap my head around a 2015 post yet. I can’t imagine the feeling of the DNF in Chicago, but having pushed through BDR I know how hard that decision must have been to make and that it TRULY was for the best. It doesn’t make it feel any better, though. On the plus side, your half PR is freaking awesome and it shows how far you’ve come and what a strong runner you are now!

    I’m not sure if I have a high or low for this year…I’m still deciding how I feel about things!
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    1. Kristina

      It definitely was one of those years. When I decided I wanted to write a “highs and lows” post I wondered if I had a high or low too. Since the Miami Half in January I’ve felt like my year has been so-so on the running front. Perhaps slightly more negative than positive, but really nothing too noteworthy… then I remembered how great I felt after the Miami Half. Even if that was almost a year ago now, it was still part of 2015 and reading my recap has fueled the fire inside of me even more.

      I know your emotions from BDR must still be raw, but I really think you’ll soon look back on that race as a high. You were tested in so many ways and you ultimately came out victorious with your second marathon finish!

  7. Cocomama

    My highlight was definitely training for the LA Marathon. Not that I finished it, but the training process. All the unlikely people I met and grew to love over those months. All those early Saturday mornings of seeing each other at our worst and sharing in the victories at our best (exactly like with running bloggers!). The joy truly is in the journey.

    I want to join you in Chicago next year!!
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    1. Kristina

      PLEASE DO! I want to meet you!

      You are so right, the joy is in the journey and we grow as people during the journey. Races are great, but we grow stronger from the training. No matter how a race turns out, if we had a good training cycle we made progress!
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  8. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    It looks like you really had a great year, Kristina! A healthy balance of highs and lows, with a lot more highs! 🙂 My running highlight of the year was doing a half marathon (and my first negative split) when I was 5 months pregnant. My running lowlight of the year was having to take 3 months off of running to get through the end of my pregnancy and recover after labor/delivery. I wouldn’t say it was a bad break, but I sure did miss running. Do glad to finally have it back!
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    1. Kristina

      I am always so happy to see you put up a new blog post or Instagram photo about training. I know being an athlete is a strong part of your identity and putting it aside for a little while could not have been easy. At the same time, you took on the identity of Mom and that’s so cool. What a year for you! The negative split, the active pregnancy, the gorgeous new house, welcoming Axel into the world – such a great year!

  9. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine it just

    I think the lows make the highs that much better:) Overall I think you had a really great year,especially because it sounds like you learned alot. The whole blogging thing is crazy- I also hate talking on the phone and would much rather chat with blog friends online, haha! Looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings for you:)
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  10. Karen

    You had a really busy year! I am glad that commuting business is over – that is too much time!
    I am so happy you have your half “2” finish. It is always good to have a super half to balance out the tough stuff. I know Chicago must have felt awful, but it was so much smarter to just stop. When you are experiencing pain and discomfort it is not healthy to keep going. It will be different in 2016 🙂
    Congrats on the work promotion.
    I think my time in the boot was my lowest and my PR was my highlight.
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  11. Jennifer

    I enjoyed how you wrote your 2015 reflection – easy to follow and creative. I would say there were more lowlights in my year of running compared to 2014. I am glad, however, I got to meet you in Chicago! I know you will have much success in 2016. Wish I was able to come to Miami this year!
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