Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Year In Review

This past year has been an incredibly rewarding one for me, both running-wise and non-running wise. One thing it obviously has not been, however, is a great year for blogging. If you count this post, if posted only six times during the calendar year! That's a big decrease from my 30 posts in 2013 and a massive plummet from 2012's 126. So, given that I haven't posted much, how did the year go?

Running Achievements

2014 turned out to be a pretty good year for PRs. After a couple years in which Boston didn't go as planned, I ran my second fastest marathon time for a new Boston PR. It helped that I had my fiancée, my aunt, and a ton of teammates cheering me on. 

I also realized much later in the year that just two weeks before Boston, I PR'd in the 10k. I haven't had too many non-marathon PRs over the past several years so this was a great surprise. What's even crazier is that the PR happened during a race in which my shoelace came untied around mile 2. Somehow--after stopping and trying unsuccessfully to retie it--I managed to avoid tripping.

Of course, my biggest running achievement of the year was an almost two minute marathon PR in Chicago. I was thrilled with my time and the whole experience. I think the takeaway from Boston and Chicago is the same--I run best when (a) I've had a solid training cycle and (b) I seriously watch what I eat and drink the final weeks before the race. 

Perhaps the biggest running achievement, though, wasn't about speed. I had been planning to run the 2014 New York City Marathon with my fiancée to celebrate one year of being engaged (I proposed at the finish of the 2013 race), but the day before I got a call asking me to be a guide for a visually-impaired runner. After clearing it with my fiancée, I said yes and ended up having an incredible time helping my running achieve a NYCM PR. It was truly inspiring to watch his determination and to help him achieve his goal.

2014 Races

I did a fair number of races in 2014. I did three marathons, four half-marathons, two 10ks, four 5 milers, two 5ks, and one road mile. This year also included my new favorite destination race, the Covered Bridges Half.

Non-Running Events

Lots of great non-running events happened this year, but I'm going to focus on the best one: my fiancée and I got married! On December 6, we tied the knot in Stonington, Conn. It was easily the greatest day of my life (of course, I started the day with a rainy 10 mile run), and I'm very excited to see where 2015 takes us, both in terms of running and in terms of our life together. 

Hope you all have had a great 2014 as well. See you back here in 2015!