Later, 2014!


I’m a little behind with the recap–but bear with me, I haven’t been feeling well.

Writing about 2014 is kinda strange… I don’t really want to look back. I want to look forward but, as history goes, we have to learn from the past to move forward and not make the same mistakes. Here are the crappy things I want to forget and something positive I took from it.

I got injured (strained soleus) and had to drop out of a marathon the night before the race. I learned not to push through an injury and make things worse. I’m becoming a much smarter runner because it.

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I took a manager position at the gym even though I was hesitant and nervous about how well I would do. I learned not to be afraid of taking risks or trying new things, especially when the risk isn’t life or death.

My wedding was called off. I disappointed a lot of people, including myself. I learned (and am still learning in weekly therapy) that I need to work on communication and not to be afraid to ask for help.

I didn’t qualify for Boston which was the Big Goal for 2014. <—I attribute this to the above issues, so I don’t take this one entirely to heart. Stress messed up this year. This made me realize I won’t always meet every goal I set out to accomplish, and that’s okay!


I guess I just pictured 2014 a little differently, but that’s what a New Year is for.  It’s not just a time to make promises to your waistline that you can’t keep. It’s a time to reflect, adjust and focus on changes that will make you a better, happier person during the next 365 days which are sure to pass all too quickly. Enough with the sap. I promise i’m not that down about 2014.

I just needed to get the bad out so I can make room for the good stuff.

2014 PRs

2/22/14 Have A Heart Hoffman-Boston Elementary 5K 21:21. I only PR’d this one by one second, but in a 5k, seconds are everything.

The 5k!

The 5k!

I consecutively PR’d #9 & #10 half marathons, keeping The Streak alive! The first PR was in March at the USA Rock n’ Roll DC 1/2 (1:39:57) and I just barely squeaked in a PR during September, in the midst of marathon training and returning from injury. It happened at the Rock n’ Roll Philadelphia 1/2 1:39:25, my current PR.

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And finally the marathon: 10/12/14 Chicago Bank of America Marathon 3:50:10. This is only my 2nd marathon, but with familiar territory and a 37 minute PR it was a huge boost! And even if Boston isn’t in the future yet, it’s within arms reach now. 🙂

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The final count for 2014 was 1125 miles (about 56 more than last year) yet I trained well for a marathon and set PRs all year long! Super stoked that I didn’t have to increase tons of mileage to see results and still an overall PR on annual mileage!

I hit a few specific resolutions last year that I was proud to cross of the list: I ran a half marathon in between clients at work on the treadmill, I climbed and I went SUP’ping.

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I’m hoping this next year will bring lots of travel and injury free running! Stay tuned for my actual resolutions in the next post!

Last Week (*i wasn’t feeling well from Wed-Sun, hence the rest.)

Monday: 5 rounds: 10 pushups, 15 Kettlebell overhead swings (20lbs), 20 TRX rows, 20 off set lunges (20lbs)

Tuesday: 4.5m easy 8:30/pace

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5m easy 9:30/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 9.5

Anyone else sick over the holidays? 

Tell me one resolution you completed last year!

Author: She's Going the Distance


5 thoughts on “Later, 2014!

  1. You DID have a stressful year! Me, too, with two surgeries and all… here’s to better years for both of us 🙂

  2. What a year its been! Stress definitely has a huge impact on everything, and you did awesome despite everything you had working against you! 2015 will be the year of the BQ, I just know it!

  3. Stress is such a killer. You have a really great attitude about all the bad stuff that happened, and here’s hoping 2015 is much better for you!

  4. I think that when you look at everything, you had a great year … even if it doesn’t feel that way now. No need for the MMM 🙂

    You got injured which sucks, but you learned a lot from it, and hopefully that will work in your favor in the future in everything you do.

    And your wedding was called off and you are in therapy – let me actually pause to give you a short ovation … ok, done.

    See, while I have been married since before there was a real internet, and am a total hopeless romantic … I am also a realist, and through my many years of marriage have seen way too many end in divorce or just go on too long in general (some have now ended, others continue to linger). The important thing is to do it with full intent and mindfulness, an open heart and open eyes, and without reservation or hesitation. If you couldn’t do that, then the wedding shouldn’t have happened … but stopping is still very strong and courageous. And now in therapy – which is sadly still stigmatized in our society … is a great sign of strength, in spite of how you might feel. Give yourself some credit for being the strong woman you are.

    And yes, all of the rest of your life will DEFINITELY impact your running … I truly believe that mental, emotional and physical health are all linked.

    As for me in 2014 … I stayed healthy, thought I would have no races but got one for charity and crushed a PR, had phenomenal times with my wife and kids and had one accepted into NYU on a Film scholarship. Freaking awesome year 🙂

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