Year of Running 2014

And just like that it’s over.

I don’t know about you but I’m in a complete fog. Did Christmas really happen? We all got hit with various stages of the crud on Christmas day. Not exactly the day we were hoping for but at least we were together! My parents have left town so it’s now back to the four of us and life as normal although Ron and the kids are still on vacation. Poor me is back at work today!

It’s that time of year again. Time to wrap things up and reflect on my year of running. For the past two years, I’ve done it (HERE and HERE). I actually just went back to read what I wrote. It’s funny how much my running has changed (and stayed the same – hello injuries!).

 Best Race Experience?

Two races come to mind for two different reasons.

In June, I achieved a 5k PR at a Father’s Day race even though I was sick and not in racing mode. I made it a point to change my attitude to I CAN rather than turning towards the negative. It was like an AHA moment of what the power of positive thinking can do.

Father's Day 5k @Margaritas |

The second was Reach the Beach Relay. I loved everything about this race even though it really wasn’t a race. The friendships formed, running at 2 a.m. and just the chance to have fun doing what we all love to do. I even didn’t mind the port-a-potties, the lack of sleep or showers. Team #islagiatt has it’s vans reserved for September 2015 and will be registering soon. I can’t wait!

Reach the beach finish line

Best Run?

It just happened recently. I was shocked when Ron asked if I wanted to go for a run while we vacationed in Hawaii after the Honolulu Marathon. Ron does not run. He hates it. I had told myself that I would take 2 weeks off with no running post marathon since I’m jumping back into Boston training the first week of January. But it was Hawaii, a beautiful day and an opportunity to run with Ron. I had to do it . And it was so worth it even if just for a few miles. One of the most marvelous runs of my life so far.

Hawaii Run |

Best New Piece of Gear?

I’m not a huge tech fan. Give me my Garmin and I’m good. But wearable gear that performs and does what it says? I’m all over it. I’ve talked about my love of the Saucony Run Mitt multiple times. It’s a game changer in cold weather running. The Saucony Vizipro jacket has also been perfect for keeping me dry and visible in what seems to be like the endless wet weather lately.

Winter Running Essentials

Best piece of Running Advice You Received?

Take chances. Don’t over think. Believe in yourself. Have fun. You can do hard shit. Fix your imbalances.

Track Workout Jump |

Most Inspiring Runner?

It’s hard to choose one. There are so many inspirations that I encounter everyday. YOU are my inspiration if you get out there, take chances, are having fun and doing what you love.

Zooma Cape Cod Ambassadors Starting Line

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Unexpected. I didn’t think I’d like the 5k distance. I never expected (or wanted) my first DNS.I never would have expected I’d be running the Honolulu Marathon in 2014.

A huge thanks to Amanda for prompting us to look back at the year in running.

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How was your year of running?

26 comments on “Year of Running 2014

  1. LOVE this Angela, I really do. This just shows that when that pressure is not there, when you do not have all these expectations on yourself, wonderful things happen. I love that honolulu was your best run, and of course I love that Saucony provided you with lots of goodies including those mitts. I am excited to see what 2015 brings for you!
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  2. Even though you had some struggles, you had a great year! This year was definitely a comeback year (after having baby in summer 2013) and year of new distances. PR’d in 5k, and ran everything from 4 miler to half marathon. Also got to experience track workouts for the first time with my running club. This year ended early for me (expecting baby #2 in spring 2015) but it was still great. I’m already excited for comeback #2 in late 2015/early 2016.

  3. 2014 has been my best running year yet! PR in 5K, 8K, half and full marathon… and finally, after all my hard work, I got a BQ! Super happy with my year. But on a very sad note, 2014 has really sucked for the last few weeks. My mother in law passed away on Dec 20th unexpectedly, and my father in law passed away 6 days later of a broken heart. They were married for 56 years, and he didn’t want to live without her 🙁 I’m looking forward to 2015 and some better days!!

  4. Love this so much for so many reasons. What a year you had! Unexpected for sure – good and bad and so many amazing experiences. I love that you included RTB too and that you all are going back next year!! And your best run? Definitely priceless. I had a similar run with Ed recently. We never run together anymore but the opportunity presented itself and it was great!
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  5. Looks like you had a great year ! So many things to be proud of.

    My running year ended strong with no more foot / Achiles tendon pain. I added in variety and my body thanked me for it.

    And I took Jeff G’s advice and did run/walk at times. It really helped.

    I didn’t race as much las I would like, but that’s ok… will do so in 2015 ! Happy New Year to you & your family.
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  6. Bummer to the family being hit with crud on Christmas – hope it was a short-lived thing for all.
    So cool that you and your husband ran together in Hawaii!!!

  7. I did the exact same blog post, and I love reading how different everyone’s run journey is.
    I know what you mean on the 5km, 2014 I revisited the 5km and I enjoyed it more than I thought. This year I plan to include a few more of them.
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