I have been mentally writing this post in bits and pieces for the last few weeks, yet, it didn't happen.
Not that I didn't want to, or that I didn't have a lot to say, duh, I always say too much.
It's that 2014 was a pretty awesome year in running for me. I am not going to recap my races, because that is what my posts already are.
Instead, I'm going to say a few things that I am grateful for (in no particular order)
PR's every marathon I raced I cut a little time off. My half-marathon, a PR I have been chasing for what seems like forever.
Running peeps-from the my Twitter friends, to race friends, running partner, random strangers along the road or race-I get all kinds of happy when I am surrounded by these people. The energy and support that this group gives is amazing. The motivation in November when I was a total slacker. I love every time that I get to reconnect with old running peeps and know that I will get to meet many more along the way.
*newbie runners- I had a few friends accomplish many firsts this year, rock on!!
Injury-free-I have had the same pain in the same area for a while, but no injuries that have left me sidelined. I am thankful that I have the ability to do what I do, every.day.
Pacing-Again, I got to pace this year, it is such a fun experience and a great way to give back and share an awesome event with people.
Coaching-The running club at my school is small, but I love working with my students who range in levels. We did one race this year, and my heart does a happy dance every time I think about my one student who told me the day before she didn't want to finish last. We talked about how there is nothing wrong with being last, but on race day she came in near the end, but she was not last.
Family-Although the hubs doesn't always want to come to my races, he supports me when I go, puts in double time when I am gone, and knows I am doing what I love. My girls participate with biking with me, did a track race back home, and one race. Hope they continue to find their passion as they get older. My parents also drove over 2 hours to watch me finish my fall marathon. I love their support through the years.
Friends-Although many of my non-runner friends don't always "get it" they support me and ask about upcoming events. When one of my non running friends told me how much she enjoyed reading my blog, I was surprised, and happy to hear.
You. Grateful for you. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Now to touch on 2015....
Knowing that 2014 held a lot of good for me, one of my better years in running. I don't want to stress myself out by focusing on time, time, time.
My goals in short:
Prepare as best I can for Boston, enjoy every moment, walk away unicorn loving and happy, whether my time is my fastest or slowest.
Run the Inaugural Milwaukee Running Festival Marathon. Yay Milwaukee, so excited for this!
Throw my hat into the lottery for Marine Corps Marathon...
Run Summerfest Half, Madison Mini, Crazylegs. PRobably Tyranena...
Eat a little healthier, drink a little less.
Continue to find ways to give back...share the passion.