Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The 2014 Run Recap + Up Next

Where does the time go? It really seems like only yesterday I was writing about my plans and goals for 2014. And now here we are, wrapping up another year!

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!

New friends!

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! 

- ST

14 comments:

  1. Sun, congratulations on a great year! That is amazing that you PR'd your 5K, 10K and half marathon races. I have no doubt that 2015 will bring more great accomplishments. Hopefully we'll have a chance to reconnect next year too.

    All the best for 2015 and happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks Leana - congrats to you as well for all you've accomplished in 2014! It was fantastic meeting you at Bird Camp and I agree, it would be great to reconnect next year :)

      Best of luck with Goofy - I'll be cheering you on through the internets!

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  2. You had such an amazing year! PRs for three distances is no joke! I enjoyed reading about all of them and I can't wait to see you tackle the shorter distances this year too! I'm also going to be taking on those distances! While I did a ton of 5ks (not my favorite ha) this summer, I hardly geared any workouts towards them, since my ultimate goal race was a half marathon, but I'd love to break it up this year and focus on each one individually. I'd love to say I ran three PRs in one year! Seriously, that is AWESOME!! :)

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    1. Hailey, you are such an inspiring runner - I loved following your journey this past year as you recovered from your injury, built miles and training in a smart way and then kicked butt in your races!

      I think 2015 will be a great year for us both :)

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  3. What a great year! This year I ran a 50K and in February, I'm running a marathon that I'm looking forward to doing.

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    1. A 50k is quite an accomplishment - congrats Tina! Looking forward to hearing how your marathon goes - it sounds like your training has been going well :)

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  4. I wanted to run more marathons in 2014 and did 5.
    I'm starting with 2015 with an ultra.

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    1. What a way to start the year! :) Excited to hear how the ultra race goes for you!

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  5. I love 5ks too! They really are one of my favorite distances. :)
    You had such a phenomenal year and I know there are big things ahead of you for 2015!!

    I consider anything running related to be a huge accomplishment for 2014. I never thought I'd be here!

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    1. You're right - everything running is an accomplishment :) You had a phenomenal year, too - Great racing and big PRs! Can't wait to see what happens in 2015!

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  6. Congrats on your year of PRs! I can only imagine what 2015 has in store for you :D

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    1. Thanks Alicia! I hope 2015 has PRs in store for both of us ;)

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  7. You've had a great year with PR's and all. I can only imagine what this year is going to bring you:)
    The marathon is my favorite, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I didn't enjoy an occasional 5k or 10k. In fact the 10k, might be my 2nd favorite distance:)

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    1. Thank you! I like the 10k distance a lot but it's harder to find - at least where I live. But it's a nice way to do something a bit longer - while still getting to incorporate speed :)

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