These review posts are always so hard to write and tend to be long and rambling. I'm going to try to keep this one shorter than 2013's!
This year was really huge for me, both in running and personal aspects. It was a year that ended up teaching me lessons about what I'm made of, my personal worth, my strengths, and my mettle. I think I'll always look back on 2014 fondly.
In no particular order, here are some of 2014's highlights:
I finally broke my half marathon PR by four minutes.
|The Paradise Coast Half was my birthday race, and it ended up being the perfect gift to myself.
I ran Ragnar with an amazing team of women, many of whom became invaluable friends.
|Ragnar showed me that I am so much stronger and more capable than I ever thought!
I took my commitment to positivity seriously and renewed my love of running through it.
|Sometimes just enjoying the run and smiling through it makes it magical.
I ran my first full marathon.
|And finished smiling.
Matt and I bought a house.
|We still have a lot to do, but it's really starting to feel like home.
I was selected as an All Star Teacher and got to enjoy three days of celebrity treatment, including being on the field with the players for the All Star Game.
|For three days of recaps, go here, here, and here.
Those events alone are enough to call 2014 a success. Now, it's time to take a look back at my goals/resolutions for the year, some of which had to be adjusted or outright abandoned.
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1. While I did do quite a bit of cross-training early in the year, including T25, yoga, and Pilates, once I began training for Space Coast I let this fall by the wayside. Had I stuck with it, I think I would have seen better results throughout the year. I'm not happy with my commitment to this one and I think I'll need to revisit it next year.
2. Regarding training, I played it really cautious. I definitely think training smarter helped me avoid injury during marathon training this time around. I was better about putting my foot down and getting sleep when I needed it. But as usual, I wasn't very consistent in eating well. Damn my sweet tooth!
3. I purposely changed this goal once we bought the house this summer. It just wasn't feasible to spend money on a bunch of races; plus, it was more important to me to race/train according to my plan for Space Coast. So I only ran eight races this year, and I'm perfectly happy with that.
4. I totally nailed this one. I really made sure to focus on enjoying myself and avoiding burnout. Even in the midst of hard races, I just stayed positive. In 2013, I had made a lot of time-related resolutions and I wanted to take a break from that in 2014. I think my commitment to being positive is what got me through Space Coast. This was a good year to relax and train a touch easier. That said, I'm excited to get back into working on my speed in 2015.
Where does that leave me? Well, I need to take some time to carefully craft my 2015 goals, and that includes researching future races and such. But one thing is certain: next year has some big acts to follow.
Did you accomplish your goals for this year?
Are you excited for 2015?
Do you make resolutions at the new year?