Is tomorrow really New Year’s Eve? It feels like 2014 just started! Its been quite a year, with lots of accomplishments, milestones, and just like last year, lots of changes.
I kicked off 2014 with a whirlwind trip to Illinois to surprise my mom for her birthday. Three days after getting back to Virginia, Preston and I headed to Disney World for Marathon Weekend, where he completed the inaugural Dopey Challenge and I ran my first half marathon. And at the end of January I launched the From Dancing to Running Facebook page.
February was the first month that I started setting specific fitness goals for myself in order to hold myself more accountable with my training, as well as to help keep me motivated. Every month since then, I’ve continued the practice of goal setting and goal reflection, and I truly believe that this practice is part of the reason for the fitness progress that I made this past year.
In February I also started blogging five days a week. Prior to then, I had been a “blog on the spur of the moment” kind of blogger. With my increased writing also came an increase in my readership. Despite the excitement from blogging, February unfortunately ended with me in the hospital for 24 hours after I had a TIA. This was the wake up call I needed in order to slow down and make sure that I better managed my stress.
Ten days after being in the hospital, I was cleared by my neurologist to resume most of my normal activities. He also cleared me to run Rock ‘n’ Roll USA the following weekend. Although the race didn’t go as I had originally hoped it would, I’m proud of myself for crossing the finish line just two weeks after being in the hospital. The day after I ran/walked my second half marathon marked my one year runiversary, and the end of March marked my one year blogiversary.
I kicked off April by running my fourth race of the year – the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. This race didn’t live up to my expectations, and I’m hopeful that when I run it in 2015 that I’ll have a much better experience. In April Preston and I also started house hunting, and I ended the month by kicking off my training for my third half marathon.
May was full of lots of excitement. Back in May I noticed that I was starting to significantly pick up my running speed. It was also in May that Preston and I had an offer accepted on a townhouse that we had been looking at for quite awhile. And we closed out May down in the Outer Banks for my sister-in-law’s wedding.
Preston and I kicked off the month with a whirlwind trip to rural Kentucky for a friend’s wedding. It was a super busy month, but by the end of the month I finished my sixth year of teaching. I also ran my first sub-31 minute 5k.
On July 2nd, Preston and I became homeowners! We spent much of the month cleaning and painting our new house, and packing and moving out of our apartment. And on July 30th, Preston and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary.
At the beginning of August, I logged my 1,000th mile on RunKeeper. In just 16 months I ran, walked, and ellipticalled over 1,000 miles! One of the other highlights from August was the belated anniversary trip that Preston and I took to Charlottesville. Mid-August, I ran my first 20k, the Leesburg 20k. Despite the heat and humidity, it was one of my strongest races to date. And I closed out the month by running my third half marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach. It was incredible to close out the summer with yet another strong race.
One of the highlights from September was being selected to be a FitFluential ambassador. Through this ambassadorship, as well as my SweatPink and Girls Gone Sporty ambassadorships, I’ve received numerous opportunities to review products and interact with other fitness enthusiasts. My speedy running streak continued with a PR at the Dulles Day 10k on the Runway, followed by another PR just a week later at the Clarendon Day 10k.
Mid-October I ran my last major race of 2014, the Army Ten Miler. While the race wasn’t easy, I did manage to PR. I enjoyed the remainder of the month by not being “in training” for any particular races, and during that time Preston and I volunteered at the Marine Corps Marathon.
After about a month off from training, I kicked off my Shamrock Half Marathon training mid-November. While the break felt great, I was also excited about being back “in training” again. Preston and I also enjoyed an extended Thanksgiving vacation in Illinois with my family, which included my first ever Turkey Trot and attending my ten year high school reunion.
During the first weekend of December, I ran my 15th and final race of 2014, the Christmas Town Dash 8k at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Preston and I also enjoyed five days at Disney World with his side of the family, and then continued our Christmas celebrations with them in New Jersey.
2014 was quite a year! I crossed the finish line of 15 races (3 half marathons, a 20k, two ten milers, three 10ks, an 8k, fours 5ks, and a three miler). I ran over 530 miles, 130 miles more than I ran in 2013. I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my other 2014 recaps:
QOTD: What accomplishment from 2014 are you most proud of?