2014 In Review: A Look Back at My Year of Running

runningreviewI can’t even describe what a crazy year it has been.  Not only did I start my blog (that’ll be a whole other post) which has allowed me to share my passion for food and fitness but I also went from running the occasional 5k to tackling my first half marathon.

In 2014 I completed four 5k races, two 10k’s, a virtual 10 mile race, virtual half marathon, a Ragnar Relay and ended the year with a Rock’n’Roll half marathon.  It doesn’t seem like a lot compared to some other runners but given the fact that it was my first real year of running and even happened to place in a few, I am still proud of myself.  Here is a quick look back: 

The first race I placed in was the Ride and Run 5k back in June.  This was my first real race of the season and not only did I PR but I also placed 2nd in my age group. Ride and Run 5k

I also got this sweet pint glass instead of a medal, which I was totally fine with! Definitely have put it to use since then 😉

The other 5k I placed in was the Arc of Onondaga 5k in September.  This time I placed 1st in my age group and but not without embarrassing myself in the process. Arc Race Recap

I was rewarded with TWO medals plus a $40 gift card to Wegmans (super awesome grocery store)- HECK YEAH! One of the best awards ever! 

I also placed in one of the two 10k’s I ran.  I was actually hesitant to run the Harborfest 10k because I heard how hilly and hard it was- come to find out, that was 100% true but I busted my little butt as fast as I could and ended up placing 2nd in my age group!Harborfest 10k Race Recap

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I think this is one of the races that I am most proud of completing not necessarily because of my pace, but because it was HARD and I had to work for it, pushing myself as hard as I ever have and it paid off.  Not sure that I will sign up for this race again since it was that hilly but I am really glad I went for it.

I also ran Ragnar Relay Adirondacks in September which is for sure one of the highlights of the whole year for me.  I had an absolute BLAST and really pushed ALL of my limits, proving to myself that I am capable of more than I think.  10671235_10203754506156710_255806814425892937_n

Aside from pushing limits, I got an awesome 22 mile tour of the Adirondacks on foot.  The beauty of the Adirondacks in the Fall is seriously spectacular! 

I also participated in two long distance virtual races in the comfort of my own back yard, one of them was the Skirt Sport #10on10 and the other was the #VegRunChat Half Marathon.  I ran both like I was in an actual live race and ended up placing first overall female in the half marathon! I got some pretty sweet swag as a prize for it too! #vegrunchat swag-pack

By far, my biggest accomplishment of 2014 was training for and finishing the Rock’n’Roll Vegas Half Marathon.  I trained months and months for this.  Literally trained my buttocks off.  I went into the race coming off an an injury, fighting a cold, feeling like crap. That didn’t stop me from giving it my all though and while I didn’t finish the race at my goal, I am certainly not complaining.  If anything, I learned some valuable lessons in the process. RnR Las Vegas Going into 2015, I am going to take the lessons I learned and train better, smarter and even take my goals to another level.

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I’ll be starting 2015 with the Chili Chilly 5k, but that’s just the warm up <—haha, get it?

I also signed up to run the Syracuse Half Marathon at the end of March, which will be my chance at redemption.  I was so close to my goal time of 1:45 at the Rock’n’Roll that I could taste it and I am going to do everything I can to get there.

I have already started to follow a training plan with prescribed runs as opposed to just creating my own schedule plus I will still continue to incorporate strength training into my routine to balance everything out .  I even have a new Garmin GPS watch so I can keep a closer eye on my pace.   

My biggest goal of 2015 isn’t just to crush my half marathon time though,  I will be testing my limits like I never have before- I’m officially registered for my first marathon! wineglass marathon

Yup- I’ve gone full crazy but I’m honestly excited about it.   I don’t have a time or a certain pace in mind, my goal is just to finish it.  I know that won’t be easy but if this past year has taught me anything, it’s that I am capable of accomplishing more than I ever thought possible.  

Girls Gone Sporty has declared this the year to push your boundaries, challenge your expectations (#PYBCYE) and as one of their ambassadors, I can comfortably say I will be doing just that.  

 QOTD: What are your 2014 accomplishments and 2015 goals? 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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