2014: Year in Review

I guess you can’t look forward without looking back.  Making my goals post the other day made me feel very retrospective.  2014 will always be remembered as the year I became a runner.  I had dabbled in the past, running a handful of 5 k’s and putting in a few treadmill miles each week.  But 2014 was really the turning point.  The year I learned to love running.  The year I wanted to run.  I pulled off a couple of great PR’s, tackled distances I never had before, and ran some great races.  And while 2014 was a great year for running, it was also a great year for several other reasons (hello, wedding!), so I wanted to do a sort of broad review of what I got up to this year.  I’m sure you all may not care so much, but it’s nice for me to look back and see how far I’ve come.

RUNNING STUFF:

Total Mileage:  326 miles

To me, this is an impressive number.  I know I’ve got friends out there who ran 1000 miles this year, but this is my  number and I’m proud of it.  And I intend to do better next year.

Races Run:

Four 5ks

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Light the Night 5k in April

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Jiggety Jog 5k in May

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Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge in May

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The Color Run in September

Two virtual 10ks, and two half marathons

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First Half-Catamount Half Marathon in June

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RaceVermont Half Marathon in November

PR’s Accomplished:

I finally hit a sub-30 5k, a sub-60 10k, and at my second half marathon, beat my first half marathon time by 23 minutes!

Notable Injuries:

My feet have been giving me issues this year.  Back in the spring, my right foot was wonky for a few days, but after getting new shoes, I didn’t have a problem for a few months.  Then, after my second half marathon, I was out of the running game for 6 weeks due to what I thought might have been a stress fracture, but I guess I’ll never know…

Highlight:

My 23-minute half marathon PR, even though I was flying totally solo–nobody came to cheer for me and I ran the whole thing by myself.  It felt AMAZING to accomplish my goal of hitting a sub-2:30 half marathon only a couple of months after my very difficult first half.

Lowpoint:

Being sidelined by injury for 6 weeks.  I was REALLY down on myself, and it took a lot to get back into a positive head space without running.

LIFE STUFF:

Got engaged… and married!

We went from engaged to married in about 7 months.  While that might seem quick to some, we’d been together for 6 years and knew we were ready, so it wasn’t that crazy.  It was fun and awesome, and I’m so happy to be able to call Ben my husband.

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Moved in with my in-laws

People are never quite sure what to say when I tell them I live with my in-laws.  I can see their brains working, trying to determine if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.  Trust me, it’s a good thing.  It’s allowing Ben to pursue his teaching license, which is something that he’s good at and actually likes.  And my in-laws are amazing people and great roommates.

Got a full-time job at a company I love

I’ve gushed about my office multiple times before, but I’m so incredibly lucky to work here.  After we moved back from Vermont, I had no idea what I wanted to do and was having a hard time finding full-time, permanent work.  Right at a point where I was feeling incredibly discouraged, I got a Facebook message from a long time friend about an opportunity at her office, and 5 days and 2 interviews later, I was hired!  The people are great, the pay is great, the benefits are great, and I’m happy.

Co-Chaired a Charity Fundraising Campaign

This was a TON of work, and was also super stressful at times, but let me tell you, it feels awesome to know that I directly contributed to raising $122k to contribute to my community.  And now that I (sort of) know what I’m doing, I’m excited to be part of the committee for next year’s campaign.

2015, you’ve got a lot to live up to!

What was the high point of 2014 for you?  The low point?

What are you most excited for in 2015?

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11 thoughts on “2014: Year in Review

  1. charissarunning says:

    I love seeing how far you’ve come in your running! You’ve accomplished so much this past year and I think 2015 will be great for you too. All that life stuff is pretty exciting too – it makes life a lot easier when you have a job you like and wonderful co-workers. I know that’s made a world of difference in my life too! And having great in-laws – that’s icing on the cake. I’m glad you all get along so well 🙂

    High point for me: Finishing my second marathon!
    Low point: Finding out about how some people don’t care about me as much as I thought. BUT, this has helped me figure out who I ultimately can trust in my life so there’s that 🙂

  2. txa1265 says:

    ” this is my number and I’m proud of it.”

    Exactly – and you SHOULD be!

    Nicole (at the Girl who ran everywhere) wrote about ‘a better runner’ … and the key to all of it is setting YOUR goals and working towards them. I love all of your pictures and think you have had a freaking amazing year, and am so happy to have gotten to know you through your blog this year, and so happy for you and your husband beginning your married life together on your own terms!

    Yay – great 2014, let’s hope your feet cooperate for an even better 2015! 🙂

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    So proud of your for all that you have accomplished, and the leaps of faith that got you there. It ain’t always easy, or pretty, but you have all that you need to make it through with shining colors!

  4. Lily says:

    My husband and I got engaged and married in a 6-7 month period too! We had also been dating many years so we were ready to do it. Congrats on a great year, and cheers to 2015!

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