What An Awesome Year!

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I have been really enjoying reading everyone’s end of the year reviews.  I’ve left a few comments on other blogs and was asked several times if I would be doing a year end review.  I have been thinking about doing this for awhile but last New Year I decided to count my mileage for the year and since it isn’t quite over I have been waiting to do a year recap with my final mileage tally.  But I couldn’t resist.  So here it is:

I started a blog!  That’s right just a little over a year ago I started this blog.  It has been a huge learning experience.  I have made some really wonderful friends from all over the world.  I had no idea what would come of this little thing but it has definitely grown and turned into something I am pretty proud of.  It is without a doubt a work in progress but not bad for one year old.  I can’t wait to see what I learn and what changes are made in the coming year.

I got the opportunity of a lifetime!  My husband and I took a little honeymoon to Aruba.  While we were there I was checking my e-mail and saw that I received something asking if I would be interested in a coaching job with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s charity program.  I was so excited when I got that e-mail.  It was all I talked about for weeks.  And then I got the job! My goal all year had been to start a blog and hopefully find some work coaching runners in my new hometown.  I kind of hit that goal and then went beyond it by like oh 135 runners!

I got injured!  I did a doozy on my Achilles last spring while we were working in New York City.  It got to the point where I couldn’t even walk and then I was hobbling so badly that I caused further injury to the top of my foot from compensation.  Lesson learned was not to mess around with different models of shoes and if you do there is a correct way to do it (this will be an upcoming post).  I learned the art of sitting on my butt, a lot.  I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to start running with my new team that I took healing that injury pretty seriously.

I got to write 135 marathon training plans and train alongside athletes of all levels and backgrounds.  You know the deal.  I am a running nerd.  I like writing training plans, I like talking running, and I like to run.  So getting the chance to train all summer for half and full marathons that I wasn’t actually racing in was a really incredible experience.  I got to share my love of running and help people find their own passion for the sport.  My biggest goal was to show people that marathons are attainable for athletes of all levels and running long distance can truly be a fun experience.  I think it worked because rumor has it we will be seeing a lot of repeat performers this coming season.

I PRed in a half I wasn’t planning on running!  I flew to Boston to watch my husband as he coached 13 year old Zach as members of Team Momentum.  I had originally planned on running with the boys but quickly realized that I would be the third wheel and an old lady third wheel at that.  So the week before I signed up to run the race “just for fun.”  As I got going I felt great and the rest is history.  My only gripe is that the official clock says I ran a 1:45 but my trusty Garmin clocked me in at 13.3 miles and 1:44.  Hmmm.  Of course I have to take the “official” time but in my heart I know what happened.  Wink, wink.

I ran a 34 mile Chicago Marathon!  This was totally the highlight of the year for me.  As coach of 135 athletes on the course of the Chicago Marathon I wanted to be there to make sure everyone made it to the end.  I needed a bib to do that and I was afraid I would get stopped if I tried jumping in half way through.  So I ran the course and after mile 14 started finding athletes to run with for a half mile or so.  Then at mile 20 I started going back and forth to help my team.  It was by far one of the best and most exciting days of my life.  I was so proud of everyone.

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I ran two races just for run.  This is a big deal for me.  I am so Type A and competitive.  But I signed up for a 15K that was held right after the marathon and a Thanksgiving 10K.  Both races I ran well but didn’t push myself and just had fun.  Sometimes it is nice to not worry about the clock or placing in your age group.  Heck I even forgot my Garmin for one!

I signed on for another year with Team Momentum.  Yes that’s right.  We are doing it all again next year and we have a half marathon too.  And we are the official charity for the half!  Can you tell I love this program?

Drum roll…..We got a running dog!  This is a big deal in this house.  My husband has never had a dog and this was a big commitment for both of us.  But we fell in love with Louie (aka Louis Zamperini) and our lives are changed.  Rock has started taking him for full mile runs and my heart melts to watch those two together.  I am truly blessed.

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What are the highlights of your year?

34 thoughts on “What An Awesome Year!

  1. Running with a dog will change your running, you will run more, do more intervals, tempos, stop to investigate something and be smiling more at the end of the runs that you ever have. There is just something special about running with a 4-legged running partner. 🙂 Especially when they can run circles around you, yet deign to stay beside or more likely slightly in front of you :-).

  2. Love all of it (except the injury of course)! What a great year! So cool about your team! If you want to write one more training plan…I’ll take it! 😉
    Enjoy the pooch – take it on lots of runs please!

  3. I can’t believe your blog is only a year old! It’s one of my favorites and I hope you continue to write forever. I have gained so much great knowledge over here! Congratulations on a fantastic 2014 and I just know that 2015 has even more amazing things in store for you, friend!

  4. What a great idea! I love your year, except for the injury bit of course, but well done on a cracker of a year. So looking forward to see what you get up to next year. I hope it brings you even more joy 🙂

  5. What a great year! Don’t forget to add your mileage total at the end of the year. I am working on my year in review, and trying not to post anything until the final tally is in (I don’t think I can wait that long)! You have done some incredible things in the last year. Great that you were blogging the whole time so you can see how far you have come! Congrats!!!

    • Thanks! Both were equally fun. I knew going into the season that I planned to run the full with the athletes and as I got to know everyone I knew they might need some help. So I purposed was running 200+ mile months to prepare for what might lay ahead!

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