My Year in Running – 2014

Last year, I linked up with Shoelaces and Bibs for a My Year In Running 2013 post. Being the last day of 2014 and seeing as I should probably try to concentrate on my accomplishments this year rather than wallowing in my failures, I’ll do a re-write for this year.

2014 was a doozy of race year for sure.

1. My main goal for this 2014 was:

To complete a half marathon. Finished that one up within the first 2 weeks of 2014 with the Walt Disney World Half Marathon.

2. My Running Shoes:

  • Road runs – Still in Altra Intuition 1.5. I’m scared to death of the Intuition 2.0s that came out this year because they felt extra cushion-y when I tried them on. Mr. Frosting just bought me a pair of Altra’s The One 2. They have less cushioning than Intuition, so they may be my short run shoe now.
  • OCRs/trail – I’m still wearing Inov-8 X-Talon 190 for the really muddy and/or harsh terrain. Altra Lone Peaks work well for drier terrain and get ate by the really deep mud, as I learned at the Dirty Girl Mud Run.

3. Favorite running gear item of 2014:

I don’t think I have any favorite gear for this year. This year brought Yurbuds into my life and those have been great. My regular iPod earbuds stopped cutting the mustard during Lap4Life when they fell out of my years and sweat kept them from going back in.

4. Playlist screenshot:

umm… still a dork listening to books. I also listened to podcasts. Serial was a serious addiction, but mostly my runs were being voiced over by Neil DeGrasse Tyson on StarTalk Radio.

5. Number of races: Break it down:
5k – 6 (including 5Kish Vintage Runs)

4Mile – 1

8K – 1

10k – 1

Marathon Relay – 1

Half Marathon – 4

OCR/mud runs – 6

Virtual Runs – 15

6. Most difficult race & why:

I think it was actually that damned 8K. I don’t think I have ever wanted to stop so badly in my entire running career. The course itself wasn’t particularly difficult- hilly, for sure- but it was the heat that was beyond brutal.

7. Favorite fun run:

This is a tough one. Tough Mudder was a blast. Savage Race was a near-perfect example of what a fun mud run should be. The final verdict: The Dirty Girl Mud Run. I don’t think I ever laughed so much in my entire life.

8. Favorite course:

I should probably say the Walt Disney World Half. I mean, it was in the Most Magical Place on Earth, for Flying Spaghetti Monster’s sake. We ran through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Does it get much better than running through Epcot?  Although running through theme parks was fun, we ran- in Florida humidity- through a lot of highway and parking lot, too. Those parts were bo-ring.

The Frozen Bonsai was in Central Park- the architecture, the horse-drawn carriages, the wackadoodle people that inhabit the island of Manhattan… Even though we did 2 loops of the same route, it never felt like I was passing the same scenery. Plus, there was only 1 real hill and the weather was beautiful.

9. Race I want to do again next year:

Frozen Bonsai. I know I can do that one much faster than I did. There are actually a lot that I want to repeat, but after 20 races this year, I seriously need to cut back. My budget demands it.

10. Best bling/shirt from a race:

Disney had Donald Duck on it! It wins! But check out all this bling!

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Donald! Surftown was pretty spiffy, too!

obstacle, mud, and zombies

obstacle, mud, and zombies

Virtual run medals (minus 2 that haven't come in yet)

Virtual run medals (minus 2 that haven’t come in yet)

11. PR/PB:

5K in 29:46 at the Maybrook Autumn Classic.

Half in 2:30:45 at Surftown

Spartan Sprint in 2:17:38. The fastest time and pace of any of the Spartan Sprints.

12. Longest run:

According to iSmoothRun, 13.6 Miles, but that was during half marathons.

13. Out of state runs:

4 in Pennsylvania, 1 in Connecticut, 1 in Rhode Island, and 1 in Florida.

14. Total miles ran:

422 according to my Excel spreadsheet of training runs and races, 433 according to MapMyRun. I may need to do an audit, there.

15. Favorite motivational/inspirational quote of 2014:

Not so much running motivation or inspiration.Thigh gaps are for flamingos. Eat a cupcake. You'll survive. (Promise) It might actually be counter-motivational, but you know what? There’s more to life than running, Crossfit, Insanity, P90X, whatever. Live. Have fun.

16. Lessons I’ve learned:

I don’t have speed, but I do have endurance. I can finish. It may not be fast. I may be one of the last people to cross the finish, but I will finish.

17. Injuries I battled and overcame:

I’ve been serious injury-free. Random pains during and after runs or races and gnarly blisters on the tips of my toes were pretty much my only problems. I did get my very first black toenail.

 

18. 3-5 Most inspiring people: List their blog, twitter or instagram-wherever you follow them:

My 3 most inspiring people are the 3 other Running Mamas. Christina at The Table Still Has Shoes, Tiffany at Mama on the Run, and Hannah (the only one of us not crazy enough to try to add blogging onto training, working, and mom-ing.)

Even when I go into a complete shame spiral, they drag me out. I’m pretty sure there is no way in hell they’d let me NOT do that 2016 marathon.

19. Favorite place on social media to connect with runners:

Facebook. I’m a loser and it’s the only way I manage to connect with anything lately.

20. 2 goals for next year:

  1. Get my shit in gear and start training for a full marathon.
  2. Spartan Trifecta within the Tri-State area.
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