In my mind, 2014 was a success. Although there were several "wins" in my mind, the following really made the year special:
Working with Coach Matt - It was great working with an expert and doing new workouts specially tailored to my racing goals. I'm sure it was Coach Matt's guidance that led to the next item on the list!
New 5k, 10k and Half Marathon PRs - Awards are great, but PRs are better!
Wearing buns = Running a PR!
Bird Camp!!! - I loved meeting my wonderful Oiselle teammates and visiting the incredibly beautiful Bend, OR. It was so fun dedicating five full days to running, learning about running, talking about running, meeting other runners, etc. And we still managed to do plenty of non-running activities, too!
Look at that sea of beautiful Oiselle singlets!
The best roommates :)
Joining the YMCA - I had the unique opportunity to partner with the YMCA Milwaukee to do a series of blog posts. Over several months, I went to the Downtown Y location and quickly fell in love. The best part is the wonderful class selection with Y-Blitz, Y-Fuse and Y-Kettle Bell Intervals being just a few of my favorites!
So what's next in 2015? Well, some of you may be surprised to hear that I'm not going to run a marathon. Instead, my focus will be on improving my times in shorter distances, mostly 5ks (my favorite!!) with a few 10ks and half marathons sprinkled in.
While I love marathon training, I think taking a year off to get stronger will be key to racing a faster marathon in 2016. But don't think I'll be slacking on mileage or workouts - I plan on getting back to 50 miles per week this winter and building from there throughout spring, summer and fall!
My questions for you:
- What 2014 accomplishment are you most proud of?
- What's on your list of goals for 2015?
Looking forward to another fantastic year of running!