A (belated) annual recap is in order. I really like looking back on years’ past and I think I deserve it to myself to recap 2013. This is more for me than for anyone reading so you really shouldn’t feel obligated to read :) (Because, let’s be serious–enough annual recaps are floating around out there!)
2013 was more like a rollercoaster. A lot of good things happened and a lot of unexpectedly sad and frustrating things happened.
BUT, there are accomplishments to celebrate and setbacks to learn from so that 2014 is the best year of running and racing yet.
In 2013, I…
improved my 5k time by 33 seconds.
improved my half marathon time by 2 min, 30 seconds.
improved my marathon time by 3 minutes, 10 seconds.
ran 1,622 total miles (annual personal distance record).
ran a monthly mileage high of 202 miles in March.
ran an average of 31 miles per week and 135 miles per month.
successfully trained through a Chicago winter and raced my first Boston Marathon.
ran my first relay– Hood to Coast with Nuun!
raced 6 times, with PRs in the 5k, 10k, half, and full.
bonked…hard. Ya live and ya learn, ya know?
trained hard for a fall marathon that didn’t happen. It can’t all be sunshine and rainbows.
was reminded that the ‘little things’ make a big difference (and that acupuncture and ART are my friends!).
and placed in my age group a few times! (it appears my fears of placing in this competitive age group were a bit dramatic):
- Wacky 10k: 2nd place overall female, 1st age group
- Chicago Women’s 5k: 2nd place age group
- Bastille Day 5k: 2nd place age group
So, there ya have it. All in all, it was a year of accomplishment with a few setbacks. What doesn’t kill ya makes you stronger. I’m looking forward to a fun year of racing and running in 2014!