Friday, December 19, 2014

2014: Year in Review

2014 has been a pretty amazing year. I've traveled a lot and run in nine different races. I've proved to myself this year that I'm capable of far more than I ever imagined. With a positive attitude and determination anything is possible.

The Goals I set for 2014
Complete the Maryland Double   A+
Make more intention to stretch and foam roll   A+ I attribute this to a lot of injury prevention
Run at least a 2:25 half marathon   A+ New PR 2:00:49 at Reach Half in April
Try new recipes more frequently-  F: I definitely failed at this goal, I think I've tried maybe 4 new                 recipes this year
Read 6 books on my Nook-  D: I read 3/6 books on my Nook and started a fourth book.

Half Marathon Success: If you would have told me last September when I started training for the 2014 WDW Half that I would end up running five half marathons in 2014 I would have thought you were crazy. I also would have never believed I would be in training for the Goofy Challenge right now. One of my proudest moments was when I was 50 seconds away from running a sub-2 half in my second half marathon of the year back in April. I truly love the half marathon distance and don't find it overwhelming anymore like I once did.

Two 5K PRs: This year I had a PR in the 5K distance in July and then again in November. In July I wanted to PR, but wasn't going to be disappointed if it didn't happen. The course ended up being flat and it was perfect weather for a PR: low temps. In November at the Turkey Trot I had no intentions of trying to PR. I picked what felt like a fast pace in the beginning and just tried to stick with it and it ended up being a PR!

Two years of Nursing Experience: In October I celebrated being a nurse for two years. I've been on a medical-surgical (med-surg) floor since I started. In the nursing world I've reached that golden amount of time on a med-surg floor that will pretty much carry you into any path of nursing you want to go for which is exciting. My patients still tell me almost everyday that I look way too young to be an RN which always makes me laugh.

Travel, Travel, Travel: I started out 2014 traveling to Disney World for Marathon Weekend. In June Em and I went to LBI for a short beach trip. In July my parents, aunt, uncle, Cam and I went to our beloved Outer Banks, NC for a week at the beach. In August we went to Baltimore for a wedding. In October we went to Charlottesville for a concert and then went back to Baltimore for the Baltimore Half Marathon. In November we traveled back to Disney for Wine and Dine Half weekend. Whew! That's a lot of traveling, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

I've already started pondering goals that I want to set for 2015, but more on that in another post.
What was one of your favorite moments in 2014? Did you accomplish any goals?

That's all for now!


  1. Congrats on crushing your half marathon goal! Looks like you had a good year ~Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run

    1. Thanks so much, it was definitely a year to remember! :)