2014 was quite a year of fitness! I ran 2 marathons, 2 half marathons, a 10k trail race, 3 5ks, and a 15k for fun, along with a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon. I almost finished P90X3, but all of the aforementioned races got in the way. I did a lot of Pilates and some yoga, but mostly this was the year all about running.
And I did get faster. I PRed at the marathon, the half marathon, and the 5k. I took 1st place woman in a 5k and 2nd place in my first trail run (both small races but a win is a win!). Despite a lot of progress, I didn’t achieve my biggest goal for the 2nd year in a row – qualify for the Boston Marathon.
To review, my goals for 2014 related to running were:
1) Qualify for Boston
2) Run a sub 1:40 half marathon
3) Run my first trail race
I almost qualified for Boston. As we all know, I collapsed within yards of the finish line and ended up walking over it with help of my husband and volunteers to finish in 3:35:26.
I almost ran a sub 1:40 half marathon. I came in 1:40:03 at San Diego Rock n’ Roll.
At least I did run that trail race!
Am I disappointed that I didn’t achieve all 3 goals? Of course. My ankle sprain in January set me back for the Phoenix marathon and my body decided to call it quits within seconds of qualifying at CIM. The 3 seconds that stood between me and a sub 1:40 half marathon don’t really bother me – although I”ll still chase that goal, I’m satisfied with how close I am to it. But of course, I’m sad about falling short of Boston again.
In the days following CIM, I went through a range of emotions. Disappointment. Anger. Comfort. Doubt. Fear. Pride. Respect. Love. I’m disappointed in the outcome, angry at my body for the way it reacted to the circumstances, comforted by the kind words of family and friends (including all my virtual blog/twitter/instagram friends!), I’ve doubted my body’s ability to finally achieve my goal, I’ve feared trying again and failing, I’ve been proud that I stayed mentally strong during the race and that I didn’t give up, I respect the marathon distance and those who have successfully conquered their goals for it even more, and probably most surprisingly and also importantly, I’ve fallen even more in love with the marathon.
One thing I’m not feeling is regret. Yes, I think there are probably some things I could have done differently that may have caused an alternate outcome, but I don’t regret the choices I made or how I trained. I have no idea if going out a little slower, doing more hill work (specifically downhill repeats to get my quads used to the 1,000 or so feet of descending we did over the course of the race), listening to my body’s protest and slowing down just a little bit more in those last 2 miles, or drinking more water or eating just one more Gu (but not electrolytes – I took 3 salt pills and also drank nuun on the course so I don’t think this was an issue) would have helped. I’ve even wondered if I had calmed down could I have somehow forced my legs to work!? Could I have rolled or crawled to the finish line? The answer is probably no, but all of these things bounced around in my head in the days following the race.
Despite these thoughts, the truth is, the joy of running is in the journey, not the outcome. I loved training for CIM. The beautiful sunrise runs, the adrenaline producing speed work sessions, the breakfast training brainstorming sessions with Mike, the satisfying exhaustion of my legs after a successful long run. I learned more about what works for me as a runner, and I am now faster for it. I walked away with a nice marathon PR and I had a great year. I didn’t achieve all my goals but I did make progress. I made new friends along the way and I enjoyed the ride. And for that reason, I’m happy with 2014.
Thank you to everyone for the incredibly kind words following my unexpected and heartbreaking day at CIM. You all have made the day much easier to swallow and I’m thankful for that.
Cheers to 2014 and Hello 2015!
You say “your body” gave up seconds before the end of your Boston qualify attempt, but I think it was a mind thing. You put do much into it mentally, you literally had a breakdown. I have pretty much the same approach to running as you,and I see the same in myself. For 2015, I’ve pledged to not put all my eggs into the marathon basket,as its so fragile. I’ll still run a marathon this year, but try not to obsess too much about it.
I disagree – I think it was physical.
Liv @ Healthy Liv
If 2014 was the year of almosts, I bet 2015 will be the year of getting some of those awesome goals! You’re so close to BQ-ing AND to breaking 1:40. You got this!
Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
I absolutely disagree with Steven and know you mentally WANTED to cross that finish line. No one “mentally” gives up at the finish line. We can control our thoughts – the body, on the other hand, can do things we can not control at times. You showed more heart in those last few steps than some people do their entire lives. I was at CIM. I raced CIM. And I just stumbled upon your story. You had me in tears. I would honestly give up my BQ for you to have that opportunity … you represent what running in Boston is all about.
Aww thank you Kristin! That made my day – you are so sweet! Congrats on your race!
Leslie @ Triathlete Treats
Great year!! You were so close to the half goal and BQ you will definitely have a stronger 2015 and crush those goals!! Wishing you lots of fast miles in 2015!! Make it your best yet!!!
That’s what it’s all about… the journey! Keep moving forward, and I have no doubt… you WILL smoke that next marathon and get that BQ (I also disagree with Steven)! Congrats on a solid year and PRs, fun and progress!