In line with last year's 2013 Year in Review, I wanted to do something similar for 2014, but with a separate new year "goals" post to follow.
2014 began on a good note with a marathon PR at the Clearwater Marathon
|A happy finish with my adorable niece running behind me!|
and then quickly declined after injuring my foot.
|I got to wear leggings like every day.|
After taking six weeks off, I felt recovered enough to run an "easy" Iron Girl half-marathon in April
|Just happy to have made it through uninjured!|
and then moved through highs and lows as I began summer training for the Marine Corps Marathon and transitioned to a new job in September, after more than 12 years of working at USF.
|My good-bye picture as I drove away on my last, sad day.|
I trained through some still-lingering foot pain for 15 weeks, but in the end, I successfully completed the Marine Corps Marathon in October, exceeding my goal.
Things got hectic right after the race. I went on my annual family trip to Ohio, which coincided with Halloween.
|Very cold Floridians in front of our rented country house in Yellow Springs.|
|Me with "Dorothy," trick-or-treating in Yellow Springs.|
Then birthdays and holiday events rolled in one after another, and through all that I went through more major changes in my personal life. At the very end of the year, though, I felt firmly on my feet and content with where I was in life, and that's saying a lot.
2014 Year Running Totals:
|Not as good as last year, but I took a couple months off total due to injury.|
|Though slightly, my pace is coming back down!|
In addition to running, I hope to incorporate more of this:
|I recently returned to boot camp after way too long of a hiatus!|
as well as biking. I traded in both my cruiser and road bike for a more suitable (for me) hybrid. I bought one that I really loved
and then decided I wanted to upgrade to a slightly better version (on order)--just in case there are any triathlons in my future ;-)
I have no idea what 2015 will bring me, but if 2014 has taught me anything, it's that I know I'll be able to handle whatever comes my way. Late last year, I rediscovered a necklace that a USF friend had given in a prior year, and it couldn't have been more timely and relevant:
|The inscription says, "All the strength you need is right there inside you."|