I love End of the Year Retrospectives. I love watching the tv specials, listening to the radio's top 20 songs of the year, reading the top news stories, etc. I also enjoyed reading other runners' blogs. They have inspired me to write my own running retrospective.
2013 was the year I started this blog! I really didn't (don't) know what I was doing. All I knew was that I loved running, I loved talking about running, and I loved to write. I cautiously dipped my toe into the blogosphere. I hoped people might read what I wrote, but wasn't sure how. First, I told a small group of friends, then eventually announced it on Facebook with a virtual bullhorn. I looked up other blogs to get ideas, but also to get advice. I was shocked to learn how many other running blogs were out there. Too much competition, I initially worried. I came to realize these fellow bloggers would become helpful teachers, faithful readers, and in some cases, great running friends and compadres (Yo! Shout out to my Musketeers!).
I ran 13 races in 2013. I got shut out of some races: Marine Corps 17.75k, the Marine Corps Marathon, and the Sayville Run to the Brewery. However, I made it into other races, the Hood to Coast "Mother of All Relays" and most notably, the Boston Marathon (whoo hoo!). I PR'd in all of my distances, but at the same time failed to meet many of my goals. I am coming to terms that I am not as fast as I think I am. My most memorable races were the Sacred Heart 5k because I ran my first race in a sub-7 minute mile pace; the Jamestown Half Marathon simply because of the beautiful scenery and rolling hills (yes, hills!); and of course my one marathon for the year, the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon.
As of this evening, December 30th I ran a total of 1742.85 miles since January 1, 2013. This is considerably more than my 1117.26 in 2012. I had no serious injuries (thank you, whoever is in charge of not injuring me!) despite spraining some toes, losing some toe nails, an unfortunate incident or two of nasty chafing, and faceplanting a couple of times. It was a good year.
Looking forward, I'm not sure what my 2014 goals are, other than completing Boston and ending this Runner's World streak. I might try another fall marathon depending on how I feel after this next marathon cycle. I'm just thankful to be healthy and able to run out the door ready for the next adventure.
Here's to age group awards, overall awards, The Stick, clean porta potties, plenty o' toilet paper, BQs & PRs! May at least one of them, if not all, find its way into your life in 2014. Happy New Year, running freaks!!! I couldn't ask for better company.