This is my favorite post that I write each year. Not so much the actual writing of the post, but because I have so much fun re-reading many of the posts I wrote the rest of the year. It’s always a good way to remember that I live a pretty awesome life and that my running life in particular is a ton of fun! One of these years I’ll have a post about some PRs (even if it’s just post 40 PRs), but this is not that year. This year I’m writing this as part of our Tuesdays on the Run Highlights of Running!
I wrapped up 2014 by running one last race – the Jacksonville Half Marathon – rounding out the year with 17 half marathons. Then I took a nice little running break.
January kicked off with a return to regular running and the beginnings of some plans for 2015. Somehow I came up with the brilliant idea to run two marathons in the same weekend to become a Marathon Maniac. Looking back, I still wonder what I was thinking. I also got the great news that I was chosen as an Altra Running ambassador. Given how much I love their shoes, this was pretty awesome.
In February, it was time to start training for the crazy marathons AND the Ragnar Cape Cod race that would be a few days later. I ran in the cold, I ran in the snow, I ran 8 miles in teeny tiny laps at an indoor track (not something I ever intend to do again.) When I wasn’t running, I spent my time organizing my running clothes and researching a new treadmill (which I promise I will finally get in 2016).
March continued my training, including a 17 mile training run, followed by Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon the next day. It was crazy cold for that race and I ran the entire thing without ever removing my heat blanket. At the end of the month, I ran a super cold 17.75K as well to guarantee my entry into the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon.
April was my peak training month. I ran and ran and ran, including back to back 18 mile runs. I feel like there was nothing to that month other than running, but I did get my reward for my 2014 races – a gorgeous quilt from Katie Mae quilts.
May was an amazing month. I ran a full marathon in New Jersey. The next day I ran a full marathon in New York. Five days later, I headed to Cape Cod and ran Ragnar Cape Cod. After that, Beer Geek and I celebrated our 20th anniversary with a week in the Cape Cod area and then capped it with a celebration at Mad Fox Brewing.
June was the great rebuild. I went from barely running after Cape Cod to 37+ miles per week by the end of the month. I also ran my first 5K in a while at the Fit Foodie 5K and it was confirmed that my legs had forgotten how to run fast. I started in on the Hansons Marathon Method for my upcoming Marine Corps Marathon and Center of the Nation Series.
In July, we headed to Asheville, NC for a week of hiking and beer. We hit around 15 breweries in the week and I ran a bunch of hilly miles. I managed to wear Skirt Sports for the entire vacation, thereby justifying my huge collection of skirts LOL.
August is always a good month, even though I am not a fan of the heat. The boys and I spent a good chunk of the month in Wisconsin, I ran a lot lot lot of miles for Hansons training, and Beer Geek and I went to our favorite beer festival.
September was amazing and awful. I finally got to run the Center of the Nation Series that I’d been planning since I first discovered the Mainly Marathons. This one was 6 states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado. I had a great time, but managed to get bronchitis part way through. This shut down my running for the remainder of September and the early part of October.
October started out rough. When I finally started running again after the bronchitis, I discovered that I’d injured my hip. MANY trips to the chiropractor later, I manage to make it to the Runner’s World Half and Festival. I ran the trail race, the 5k, the 10k, and the half marathon for a total of 26.2 miles. It was such a fun weekend! The very next weekend, I ran Marine Corps Marathon. I knew it was going to be rough, but I ran a well executed race. Slow, but well executed.
November was the month of not a lot of running. I joined Gold’s Gym and signed up with a trainer. I did everything but run for a few weeks. My body needed the break from running and I wanted to get in some cross training. I ran/walked a Turkey Trot at the end of the month for my last race of the year and a kick off to the Runner’s World Run Streak. Yep, time to get back to running!
December has been a good month so far. We got to tour the White House holiday decorations. I got invited to be an ambassador for ZOOMA, Skirt Sports, Altra Running and Nuun. Now I only have a few more hours to work this year, so I’m relaxing and planning an exciting 2016. (Spoiler: there will be a new treadmill AND 7 half marathons in 7 days. And that’s just in the first half of the year.)
What were some of the highlights of your year???