Well here we are! It’s the last day of 2014 and I’m sitting here all confused because WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO 2014!? Remember when you were little and time seemed to go sooooo slowly? I used to “yeah right” my mom whenever she would tell me that time sped up the older you get and the moral of that story is: listen to your mom.
I have been thinking for days about how I wanted to approach my yearly recap. So much has happened that I could write a post as long as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but then no one would want to read it including me. So here are a few of the highest of highlights and lowliest of lowlights that I’ve picked out from the past year.
Obviously the highlightiest of all is Betty because nothing could ever beat her out for that top spot. From our trip to Florida in February (and her first ride on an airplane!), to her second birthday in March, to Halloween fun, and our first 5K together, there are really way too many favorite memories to list.
There’s so much fun ahead of us in 2015, even if age 3 does end up being worse than 2 like every person who has experience parenting a three year old has been telling me.
I am choosing to remain optimistic that we will be an exception because Betty already acts like she’s 10.
At the beginning of the year I set a couple personal race goals for 2014. One of them was to run a 21-minute 5k, a goal I attained in early May. I went on to PR two more times in June, my fastest being at the Fit Foodie where I was an ambassador and got to hang with some of my favorite blogging ladies for a weekend! From left to right, Cynthia, Erika, Photobomb Sue, and Courtney! (I’m in there too. Duh.) Fellow Ambassadors Deb and Amy are not pictured, but I wish they were!
I also set my 15K PR in March (not that I have much to compare it to because I’ve only run one 15K), my 10K PR in April, my half marathon PR in September, and most recently my 8K PR at Zoo Zoom in November. Zoo Zoom is one of my favorite races and my performance there compared to last year really gave me a good idea of how far I’ve come as a runner.
And speaking of BRFs…following an October 5K, I made the trek down to the Marine Corps Marathon to FINALLY meet my sole sister, Helly! Sorry not sorry that I have already posted this photo 12 times.
It was a year FULL of running friends!
My First Marathon
I recapped it in two separate posts (here and here), but just in case you don’t have a spare 45 minutes to read all my ramblings here are the Cliffs Notes: On May 25 I ran Bob Potts, a small marathon in York, PA.
My training left a lot to be desired because I got laid up with tendinitis (see the upcoming pity party section), but I managed to MacGuyver together the right amount of long runs and finished in 3:49:25; a number which I would subsequently have tattooed onto my forearm.
Not exactly running related, but run blogging related: I won a Mobbie! (In acid washed pants!)
Now you are probably asking yourself “WTF is a Mobbie” and I’ll tell you. The Mobbies are awards for Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs and I was voted #1 Health and Wellness Blog this year! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me!
The GPS Series
The GPS is a series of 8 races held by my run club. In order to be eligible for a prize at the end of the year I had to participate in 4 of the events and place well in my age group. Despite some injury drama, I completed 5 of the races and took home a lovely first place plaque. Here’s a recap after the award night and in that post I also recapped the races that got me there.
Finally Training Again!
In October there was supposed to be a second marathon and then I was supposed to be heading to Disney next week to do the Dopey Challenge, but as we all know sometimes things don’t go as planned. I don’t consider that a half marathon happened instead of the full and that I will still be here in cold-ass Baltimore next week are bad things because great things came from both. I had a blast with friends running the Baltimore Half Marathon (improving my time by 2 minutes over last year!) and I was able to defer my Dopey registration to 2016. Best of all? The break from training for all those long distances allowed me some extra healing time and now as of last week I’m working toward an April marathon. I’m really looking forward to training correctly and playing it safe this time around, following a plan and taking my time. Hopefully the result will be a great race in New Jersey!
Here are my top 5 faves from the past year:
TOTAL MILEAGE FOR 2014: 1,302
I started out this year with the goal of running 1,500 miles. It didn’t happen and I’m okay with that. Honestly, 1,300 is far more than I thought I’d be able to manage all things considered. Which brings us to…
I went to the doctor this year almost as many times as I went in 2012. And in 2012 I was pregnant.
Injury #1: February. A nagging little pain in my right ankle blew up into a case of peroneal tendinitis so severe that I could barely walk at the end of our otherwise-very-fun Florida vacation. I can only blame myself for this. It hurt and I ran on it anyway. I’m a dumbass who learned a valuable lesson:
If something hurts, DON’T RUN ON IT.
If I hadn’t made that rookie mistake, maybe I wouldn’t have been sitting down on an exercise bike for pretty much the entire month of March with a May marathon looming on the horizon. I did attempt a rosy approach at this injury here.
Injury #2: June. This time it was much worse. After visits to multiple podiatrists, a sports medicine doctor, my chiropractor, and an acupuncturist, the diagnosis that stuck was deep peroneal nerve entrapment. (I HATE ANYTHING INVOLVING PERONEALS!) Likely brought on by all the 5Ks I raced in the wrong pair of shoes, which just so happen to also be one of my favorite pairs of shoes because I was wearing them during all of my short distance PRs. I was told I needed surgery and resigned myself to it because at the worst point I would have rather someone cut my nerves and make my toes go numb forever than feel the dreadful pain that I was constantly feeling.
For all of you that continued to read my blog while this was all going on…thank you. I was trying to not be depressing, but looking back on it I was depressed and not fun to be around either on here or at home. It was REALLY hard to be a coffee bean.
I got a bunch of needles in my foot for diagnostic tests, plus cortisone and I know I was probably judged by people for getting it, but I think it was instrumental in my surgery avoidance. I switched to the Baltimore half due to inability to train for the full and wrote off Dopey until 2016 because there was just no way. And now? It’s actually better. Dr. No-BS was RIGHT. I never, ever thought it would get better without surgery and it did. I do stretching exercises with my foot regularly and whenever I can I warm up and cool down before and after my runs and so far this has kept my foot feeling pretty healthy. I would say that it’s about at 98.3%. It’s pain-free, but it still feels a little weird from time to time and to this day slightly discolored. That bruise was OMG.
2014 has been one of my best years ever. Full of fun times with my girl, family, friends, great new opportunities (including a new job!), lots of races (18!), and even when things got rough lessons were learned.
AND YOU GUYS! Thank you for making my first full year of blogging such an incredible experience! 2015 has some stiff competition.
What were some of your brightest moments of 2014?