2014 – What a year! It was filled with great running moments, disappointing setbacks and also valuable lessons learned. Here’s what my year in running looked like:
- Started a running blog – In January, I started this blog: Run Now, Pancakes Later. This blog has provided me an outlet where I can share my experiences in running; the good, the bad and ugly. I met some awesome runners who also share their passion in running through social media (blogging, Twitter, Facebook and #RunChat). Your comments, advice, encouragement and friendships have meant a lot to me. I do hope to run with you or meet you all someday! Thank YOU for reading and for your support!
- Volunteered at a race – I volunteered for the first time at the Double Road Race. It was a learning experience and a great way to give back to the running community. It made me appreciate all the hard work that these people put into a race. I hope to have more opportunities to volunteer in 2015.
- Ran more than 50 miles in a month – This was HUGE for me. I had never run so much before and I made it a goal to run at least 50 miles in a month. I exceeded my goal in March: 69.9 miles.
- Placed in a race – This year was the first time I placed in my age group! It was totally unexpected! I came in 3rd at Brazen Racing’s Nitro 5K trail race and earned double bling!
- Trail Running – I did more trail races this year and it has made me want to delve deeper into the world of trail running. These races are challenging and has made me face my fear of running down those steep hills!
- Ate LOTS of pancakes: After all, my blog is named Run Now, Pancakes Later! I ate plenty of pancakes after my races and runs! I also wrote a post about my favorite post-run meal.
There was also some setbacks and lessons learned:
- Wardrobe malfunction – I didn’t blog about this but at my first race of the year, the Rio Resolution Run, I suffered a major wardrobe malfunction. Long story short: I wore brand new compression pants for the FIRST time for that race without testing them out. BIG mistake. I spent the majority of the race holding my pants up instead of enjoying the picturesque views of Carmel. Lesson learned: Don’t wear new workout clothes to a race without testing them out!
- Getting lost – I got lost for the first time running Brazen Racing’s Bear Creek 10K trail race! I was upset but it was definitely a learning lesson. Lesson learned: Always study the race course and carry a map!
- Injured – I suffered a slight calf injury and had to halt my running and my plans for completing my first half-marathon. Lesson learned: Always stretch out and foam roll! Listen to your body and don’t run. When you’re a runner, you’re going to suffer some sort of injury. It’s OK not to run and get plenty of rest.
The BIGGEST setback of the year?
Race to 35 – When I first started this blog, I wanted to chronicle my journey to completing my FIRST half-marathon for my 35th birthday. It was going to be my 35th race. I was excited and trained for a few weeks. Then things happened. My enthusiasm faltered and I started to feel the pressure. I started to dread the long runs on the weekend. I started to skip runs and had some sort of (lame) excuse. I even tried to cram a 12 week half-marathon training program in a month so I could run it in December. I also gained a new ‘winter coat’ (AKA excess holiday pounds!) that I can’t seem to shake off. Then IT happened: I stopped running.
Am I disappointed? Of course. It took a while to get over the fact I wasn’t going to run a half-marathon. I still have my moments and question myself as a runner. It seems like ages ago since I’ve gone on a run. I know I’ll get back out there and I am hopeful for the upcoming year! Don’t worry, I plan on making an even BIGGER and BETTER comeback! Stay tuned…
RUNNING GOALS FOR 2015:
- Run a half-marathon
- Train smarter
- Do more trail races
- Stay healthy and injury-free
- Run a race in a different city, state or country
- Volunteer at a race
Here’s to a prosperous, healthy and successful 2015!
How was your 2014? Any running goals for the new year?
See you at the finish line!