Goodbye 2014… you’ve been a good year.
We got off to a slower start, as I’d only been allowed to run for a couple of months and was still getting my ‘sea legs’ back. But, we did accomplish some pretty amazing things.
We completed the Goofy Challenge in mid-January on minimal training and not really being allowed to run the two days in a row we had to. But we made it happen anyways.
In fact, we finished three marathons, a 20-mile race, 5 half-marathons and several smaller races, including our first obstacle race.
We took back Boston.
We set a marathon PR in Falmouth.
We added some serious weight to the medal hanger this year. Some pretty impressive bling of all shapes and sizes.
We commemorated our achievements with a marathon hummingbird tattoo. As a reminder that we can accomplish anything we set our mind to, and come back from serious injury and be better than ever.
We got a new Garmin, a shiny purple one, so help us on our quest for speed and distance. One that syncs immediately and easily with the iphone to help us brag and commiserate quickly. One that gives us awards at the end of runs for speed and distance. And we earned a lot of those.
We killed a few pairs of sneakers along the way. RIP to the ghost 6’s, the glycerin 11’s, the gtx 5’s. And to the glycerin 12’s that are on life support, we’ll miss you too.
We worked hard and rebuilt some speed. In fact, our long runs at the beginning of the year were between 11 and 11:30 paces. And we got them down to 10 – 10:15 paces. Our short runs got faster too. We set Garmin records of an 8:04min mile and a 56:23 10k.
We learned the value of running with friends, at their pace and helping them achieve greatness. The best gift you can give as a runner is encouragement to another runner. We all started as beginners once.
And sometimes, we need friends who are willing to do that for us.
We logged 1,460 miles. And we earned every single one of them.
So hey, 2015 – are you ready for a challenge? Because as amazing as 2014 was.…I think we can do better. Wanna try? 🙂
Happy New Year’s everyone. And happy running!!