2014 HIGHTLIGHTS AND THOUGHTS
I completed 11 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 1 ultra marathon, a sprint triathlon, a duathlon, and a few other things (5k's, 8k's, helping friends train for their first marathon, etc).
I completed 11 half marathons. Wow. That is a lot. In my 2013 recap, I had done 6 and that had been the most in one year. This year I got a few free (maybe 5) and did a couple vacation half marathons and that's what really did it for me. My goal for my half marathons was to learn to "run happy". I know you have all heard me talk about it but the entire spring was dedicated to running happy, being consistant, shoving negative thoughts out and continuing to push on even when it was hard. I didn't care about time. I wanted to enjoy my runs, look around and take in the surroundings. It worked. Slowly but surely, I was able to remain positive even when I was tired, sore, or hot. One foot in front of the other. Keep moving forward. Smile. Slap hands of spectators. Take photos. Whatever I had to do to keep my thoughts positive.
1. Get Lucky Half Marathon, Chicago, IL (March 15) - I originally signed up for this race to keep me running through the awful cold winter months that preceded the race. (Recap Here)
|Me and Derek|
|Me and Becky|
|Me, Gayle, Nick|
|Marty, Ryan, Lynn, Julie, Melanie, Me, Derek|
|Susan, Kim, Violet, Melanie, Jill, Me, Meg|
|Me and Derek|
|Me and some of my fellow ambassadors|
|Me and the love of my life!|
|Karen, Becky, Carol, Me, Derek|
|Melanie, Me, Julie, Jimmy|
|Me and the FNRC|
Esprit De She Triathlon - I did this triathlon the day after the 13.1 half in June! (Recap Here). I dislocated my shoulder at the start of the swim, got it back in, and continued and didn't even do that bad! I was on cloud 9 when I finished and officially earned badass status!
|Me with my supporter!|
|So happy crossing the finish line!|
|Julie, Derek, Me|
|Don't let the smile fool you. I'm crying on the inside. I'm just happy I'm a few feet away from finishing!|
|Jan (first ultra), Melanie (Second ultra), Me (Second ultra) - They both had a great time, btw.|
I also did some barre classes too, and that was a nice cross training break! I need to strengthen up my core!
Before I forgot, I couldn't slack off the entire month of December because I also had a goal of achieving 1,000 miles for the year. And with about 60+ left for December, lack of motivation, and no big races left to run, it was a HUGE challenge to get it done. I finished with 1,000.04!!
So even though I didn't PR any of my halves or 5k's, it wasn't really my goal in 2014. I did PR the triathlon, duathlon, and my marathon! I also completed some of the longest bike miles ever! (I just keep adding on to this recap as I remember things I did! So sorry!)
4th of July Metric Century Ride - Recap Here. 62 miles done!
Venus De Miles - August. Recap Here - Not really a recap but whatever. I did 66+ miles because we got a bit lost at the end. Longest ride ever! Lots of hills too so it was rough at times. But still tons of fun!
|Me and Melanie!|
|Because this photo needs to be posted as often as possible. |
Me and Derek dressed for the Men in Drag Support Crew!