Year of Running – 2014

year_of_running_2014buttonRecently Amanda posted for her annual look back on the year of running and invited others to join in and answer a few questions about their year:


Best Race Experience?

Ah well, if you’ve been around here for a bit, then you know there wasn’t a lot of racing for me this year. But I was lucky enough to race two races through the streets of Boston – always a good thing! So yep I’m picking two experiences 🙂 Up first in April was the BAA 5K – the kickoff to an amazing, emotional Marathon weekend in Boston. Made better by being a family affair as both J and our oldest son also ran it.

RTR medal

Then in May I returned to one of my all time favorite races, Boston’s Run to Remember, running the 5-miler for the first time. This is a big race with a local feel, and it’s always a good time.

Best Run?

My running this year was really all over the place – at times feeling like such a battle with my body. So, honestly, I’d say any run that was pain- and frustration-free was a good run!

Best new piece of gear?

Wave RIder 2This is a tough one but I think I have to give the nod to my Mizuno Wave Rider 18s.  Any shoes I can run 9 miles in straight out of the box are going to end up high on the list. They’ve quickly become my go to shoe since arriving on my doorstep.

Best piece of running advice?

Came from Coach Bennett – to let go of the watch and run by feel.

Most inspirational runner?

I’m going to go with two here also — Meb and Kara Goucher.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Frustrating. I had had such high hopes for this year, but unfortunately the running gods had other plans. This was definitely my most challenging year since I’ve started running. But, that won’t stop me from setting big goals for 2015.

So how would you answer any of these questions?




  1. my best experience? ZOOMA NAPA!!!!!!!
    by far by far.
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  2. Someday I will get down to Mass. for a race and hopefully get to see you and yours then. Although you struggled a lot in 2014, you maintained a positive attitude and did what your body allowed you to do, instead of walking away. which is all we can do sometimes. I have a feeling that 2015 will be a big year for you in the WR18’s 🙂
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    • I guess this year taught me how much I’ve come to love running, because I really never wanted to walk away from it. And yes I hope you come south for a race soon 😉

  3. I’m sorry the year was frustrating for you. I’ve definitely had those! But it can only go up, right? I DO like the coach’s advice–it can be so good to do that.

    Thanks for linking in!
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  4. You know how jelly I am that you get to do those awesome BAA races. The pinnacle of my running year was NYCM at last for sure. Running ebbs and flows. Here’s to 2015 being better for you!
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  5. my year picked up but it was definitely frustrating in the beginning after injury. I always forget about BAA 5K. I already signed up for a race that weekend but one of these years I’ll run it!
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  6. your running year sounds a lot like mine! Here’s to more injury free runs for both of us in 2015!!
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  7. I love these retrospectives. The B.A.A 5K was an incredible experience – I would agree with you on that. Wishing you a healthy and happy end to 2014 and to 2015!
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  8. I love my Mizuno WR 18s and can’t wait to put more miles on them!!
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  9. Those Boston races look great. I did the BAA 10K…it was the first BAA race that happened after the bombings. It was pretty emotional.
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  10. I’ve admired how you’ve rolled with the punches. I hope 2015 is a good year!
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  11. Sorry that your year of running has been so frustrating, but it’s great you were able to have a couple of really special races! I hope next year the running gods are kind to both of us! 🙂
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  12. I wish for you a much better year of running! I feel your pain as I am now battling injury again too. Love the advice to get rid of the watch and run by feel, whenever I do this I always have amazing runs and it is so freeing. Here is to a great year of running and a pain free one in 2015!
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