January - March: Training was in full force for the Shamrock marathon, where I set my eyes on a new PR. During that time, I reached new mileage highs, topping out in the low 70s for a few weeks. Never did I think I'd be able to handle that kind of volume, but I proved myself capable of it through consistent training and a gradual build up over time. Many of those long runs were joined by an awesome crew of running buddies. Seriously don't know how I would have gotten through all of the training without the company.
|The best running buddies|
|Leading our unofficial pace crew|
April - May: With my race in the books, it was time to focus on Rebecca, who was training for the Nike Women's Half. I spent a number of weekends logging some stroller miles with her on her long runs. To this day, her longest run of that training cycle remains our longest stroller run - 13 miles.
|The view from the stroller|
|The support crew|
June - August: After a few weeks of downtime following Brooklyn, it was time to get back into the swing of things with training for the NYC Marathon. To my shock and amazement, I managed to get into the race through the lottery after trying for a number of years. I was both excited for another go at the marathon distance, but also intimidated by the huge spectacle of the race. As a result, I got caught up in the minutia of it all and felt stuck in my training. However, I resolved it all by just taking things one day at a time and by focusing on the little things to get me through.
It was also during this time than Jamie reached out to me about being included in an article about running blogs in an upcoming edition of Run Washington. I happily accepted and couldn't wait to get my copy when it was finally published. Have a read - lots of great blogs to read from!
September - November: With NYC nearing, I raced the Perfect 10 Miler as a tune up and fitness indicator of where I was before heading into the final few weeks of training. Similar to those races before, it resulted in another PR and clear sign that I was ready to rock NYC.
|Jess and I crushing the hilly 10 miler course|
|My favorite shoe and my favorite marathon|
This month also brought me a first - my first time being featured in an article through Active.com (also written by Jamie), an online resource I've been reading for years since I started runner. It was pretty cool to see the final product and I couldn't be more proud.
So what is my takeaway from 2013? Consistency is the name of the game. Always has been and will hopefully continue to be in 2014. I don't have many specific goals for 2014 other than to enjoy running as much as possible and keep inspiring others to do the same, whether through coaching, writing, and/or doing. If I do that, then I can pretty much guarantee success everywhere else. And in order for that to happen, I just need to keep running and set the example. And I'll do just that - for 2014 and beyond.