2014: YEAR IN REVIEW

2014. SUCH A BIG YEAR. It really went far better than I could have imagined. This time last year I was gearing up to start running again and feeling SUPER nervous about getting back to it and unsure of how long it would take to get back my former speed and then some. 

Here were some of the highlights and lowlights:

- FIRST BOSTON QUALIFY

- FIRST TIME WINNING DOLLAA BILLS (JK- it was PESOS!)

- FIRST TIME FALLING OFF A MOUNTAIN INTO A BOSTON QUALIFY WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY FALLING SO SHORT OF MY GOAL

- FASTEST HALF MARATHON/OLDEST HALF MARATHON

- GETTING INTO BERLIN (LUCK)... AND BOSTON (SKILLZ)

- MEETING MY RUNHERO AND HAVING A CRAZY RUNSPIRATION WEEKEND

This has been a pretty amazing year and I feel super blessed to have hit those highs- and have hopefully learned some lessons in those lows. Here are some of my favorite life/run takeaways from this year:

1. Don't be so focused on the present, that you miss out on the big picture. Sure- a run or a day may suck and be not ideal- but ya know what- your life is pretty great- and your running and fitness is on the up. So don't let one off day mess with your head. 

2. SAY YES! This was one of my biggest takeaways this year. Say yes to putting yourself in situations outside of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to new adventures and exciting opportunities. You never know what may come your way. 

3. Don't be afraid to deviate from your schedule. Life is about memories and if you're so focused on a schedule and maintaining a training plan that you don't allow yourself some flexibility- you will end up 1. being resentful towards your running/schedule, 2. missing out on cool opportunities. 

4. Your words and dreams have power. Craziness that at the beginning of the year I wrote down two numbers for my half and full marathon and I came within SECONDS of those goals. I am more convinced that our words are so powerful and I will only speak positively about my life and running. Besides- who wants to be around a Negative Nancy?!

5. Change it up. Don't be afraid to change up your training. Shaking it up can be just the thing that pushes you on to new progress. I completely changed everything about my training this year- and it worked for me. Gotta be willing to be open to new ways to train. 

6. Success is best shared with people you love. I had amazing friends who were there last year when I had a rough going and they were around this year when things made a turnaround. Their genuine happiness for my success melted my heart and made the actual event that much more special to me (i.e. coming into the finish line at Mountains 2 Beach for my first BQ was all the more sweet with my cuz jumping up and down crying as I was running in/crying). 

THANK YOU to all of the amazing people who impacted my life this year with your kindness, generosity, support, & love. This year was that much more special because of you. My prayer is that I was able to positively impact your life on some level as well. It's a bittersweet goodbye to a special 2014- and a warm welcome to 2015- it's gonna be a good one. See ya on the other side!