What a crazy year of racing this was! 2014 had me running more races than any year previous with 22 races total for the year. It was a year full of training for my first ultra, breaking through three PRs and becoming one very Dopey runner. Here’s a quick look back at my year in running:
January: Nothing starts the year off like 48.6 miles through Walt Disney World as I took on and successfully completed the inaugural Dopey Challenge. While waking up early four days in a row was a challenge, it wasn’t enough to keep me away as I’ll be back to do it again next month.
February: While it might be the shortest month, it certainly wasn’t the case mile-wise as I found myself back in Disney World, this time taking on the inaugural Glass SlipperChallenge – a 10K and Half Marathon combination filled with a LOT of tutus.
April: Since I skipped completely over March for racing, I took on a quarter-marathon/half-marathon weekend at the start of the month with the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and inaugural Hartford Marathon Legends HalfMarathon, and ended the month with the Cheshire Half Marathon.
May: May was a month full of running, as it started with the awesome Redding Road Race, followed next by Ragnar Cape Cod and then ending with the extremely challenging Hamden Hills Road Race.
June: June slowed the racing pace down for me as I only took on one race – the Lime RockPark Half Marathon – where I was joined by my son in the stroller for the race and still ended up placing third in my division.
August: After sitting out July, I jumped back into racing with the Falmouth Road Race, an amazing experience through one of the most spectator-packed races I’ve ever run.
September: September took me to a place I hadn’t been in four years – Half Marathon PR Land! After 4 years of struggling and coming up short, I was able to break through my old half PR and land with a new 1:38 PR at the Gulf Beach HalfMarathon that will likely take me at least another four years to break. I also ended the month with the Live Like Renee 5K where I placed second overall.
October: October was no doubt my biggest month of running. Weeks of training had led up to this month which started with the Hartford Half Marathon, a cold and soaking wet run. That was followed the next week by the Bimbler’s Bluff 50K Trail Race which while it kicked my ass, I was still able to complete and secure myself as an ultra-marathoner.
November: As the year wound down, one more trip to Disney World was in order for the 5th Anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, as well as the Jingle Jungle 5K. While it was another cold and wet race, it was a really fun trip! It also saw me take on the Run Santa Run 5K which put me in 5K PR Land which I hadn’t seen in three years!
December: Closing out the year was my absolute favorite race of the year – A ChristmasStory Run. This 10K race was just so awesome, and so was the entire trip with my family. Plus, this race also saw me breaking my 10K PR while getting my favorite medal to date!
2014 was an absolutely amazing year, and it has me extremely excited for what 2015 will bring. My race calendar is already growing, and I can’t wait to dive into a new year of races!