Thursday, January 1, 2015
2014 In Review
I want to take a moment to review how 2014 was for me. I started off the year with some goals for myself. I met most of them. All but the getting back down to my goal weight. When 2014 started, I had a goal to run at least 900 miles throughout the year. To help me make sure I hit this goal, I did up a list of total miles I'd need to run every month throughout the year. This is what I came up with:
• January: 50 miles
• February: 57 miles
• March: 62 miles
• April: 69 miles
• May: 75 miles
• June: 80 miles
• July: 85 miles
• August: 85 miles
• September: 85 miles
• October: 85 miles
• November: 85 miles
• December: 85 miles
It started off great. I ran 50.5 in January, 60.2 in February, 68.5 in March. Then, it all started to go a little wrong. I only did 54.6 in April. May was just 55.8. June dipped down to 43.8. My all-time low was just 19 miles in July. There was no way I was going to hit my goal of 900 for the year. But then, I registered for the Dallas Marathon and started training like crazy. August's miles were 54.5 and that was pretty much all in the last 2 weeks of the month. September I really started hitting the pavement and racked up 148.4 miles (my second highest monthly mileage ever...highest was September 2013 with 148.75...just missed it!). I was set to do over 160 in October when I hit a speedbump and strained my calf. This forced me to cut out some runs and drop the mileage of others, leaving me with 135.95 for the month. November I cranked out 131.75.
In December, I ran my very first full marathon. I trained for it all on my own with a training plan created completely by me. I found a few marathon training plans in books and online and used those as guides when I was creating my own. I will be up front and say that I did NO speedwork, NO repeats, NO tempo runs. All I did was straight running...just logged the miles. I did gradually increase my long run mileage each week until I hit that final long run of 22 miles that was just hell in running shoes.
But I made it. I ran my first marathon. And I didn't just run it. I rocked it! Granted, 5:14:59 (official) isn't exactly a fast time, but when I tell you that my goal was to run it around 5:30:00 and that I was convinced I'd be lucky to finish in under 6 hours, then it puts it into perspective a little.
On top of organized events that ran this year (19 races), I also ran a number of virtual races. These are races that you sign up for, pay a small registration fee for, run on your own and then turn in your time on the website, and then they send you a medal. The proceeds of these races go entirely to a charity. I participated in 6 virtual races. 3 I did as a 5K, 1 I did as a 10K, and the other 2 I did as half marathons.
I worked a good amount of overtime at work this year, which paid for my trip home to Oregon to visit friends and family. It was a wonderful trip and I got to see my maternal grandpa for the last time as he passed away in August. I was so happy to see him and, although he was very tired the whole time I was visiting, he looked well and happy to see me. While in Oregon, I ran the Helvetia Half Marathon and it was gorgeous. It took us through Oregon wine country and was very scenic. If I'm in Oregon in June again, I will run this race again...hands down a great race.
My adorable VW Beetle died and I replaced her with a brand new Kia that I named Dori (after the blue fish in Nemo). This car is everything I ever wanted in a car and then some. I am very happy with the purchase.
As I mentioned, in August, I lost my beloved grandpa. He had a long battle with blood cancer and kidney failure and he finally succumbed to it. When I ran the Hot Chocolate 10K on September 6th, it was the same day as his memorial service, so I ran the race in his memory.
In 2014, I actively started paying attention to my credit rating (I know, I know, I should have done this YEARS ago) so that I can build it up and hopefully get approved for a good home loan in a couple years. I started paying off credit cards to help with this and hope to pay off some more in 2015.
I tested for promotion in my career. I did well on the test (especially when you consider I didn't study one bit for it), but not well enough to proceed to the next step in the promotional process. I plan to test again in 2015 and I plan to do well enough to get to that next step. While I did not promote, they did give us a very small pay raise. It amounts to about $1300 a year before taxes. That's like $55 before taxes a pay check because I get paid twice a month. Ugh. Almost not even worth it.
To wrap up this summary of my year, I want to say that I really did have a pretty good year. I'm very happy with it as a whole. I blew my goal of 900 miles in one year out of the water with a total of 960.75 miles! The only thing I'm not happy about is how I conducted my attempts at weight loss. I am ending this year weighing about 8 or so pounds more than I started it weighing.
Here's some fun stats from the website I use to track my mileage, dailymile.com: