2014 Highlights

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I don’t know about anyone else, but the year flew by for me, and it’s hard for me to pick out my person 2014 highlights.  I still struggle with not writing 2013 on paperwork and suddenly I’m going to have to write 2015?  Life so hard.

In January, I ran another marathon.  It was a good accomplishment, but not something I particularly enjoyed.  Then I got a mole removed and reminded everyone to wear sunscreen.

In February, we caught a mouse in the office.  It’s a story we still tell.  I ran another half marathon and my parents ran a 10k in costume.

In March, TriColumbia disbanded and it sent us all into a panic about our upcoming races.  And I worked on my swimming.

April meant that everyone in the running community was paying attention to what was going on in Boston.  Also, I ran back to back half marathons.  Yikes.   I volunteered at a race.

May started with another half marathon.  I struggled through an open water swim and it freaked me out a bit.  But the month ended with some quality open water swimmingSwimFest was exactly what I needed.   Also May was insane work-wise, so I didn’t blog a lot.

In June, I started working with a coach and it was the best decision I made all year.  I did my first tri of the season and ended up on the podium!  I got a professional bike fit and Ethel and I are so much happier now.

In July ,I paid a stupid amount of money to have my closet professionally designed and it was the second best decision I made all year.  Columbia Pedal and Paddle was one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long time, but I’ll do it again.  One of my fall races got cancelled, which meant I was probably going to register for something else.

August was insane.  I raced a hilly triathlon at Fort Ritchie.  I went to Vegas, kayaked near the Hoover Dam (and never wrote about it, apparently), then”ran” a midnight half marathon.  I did the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon and improved greatly from last year.  I ended the month by doing 24 Hours of Booty, and I will be back again in 2015.

September was less busy.  Though I didn’t write about it eloquently, I was honored to attend the Flight 93 Memorial events on September 11.  I ran a local ten miler as a training run.  I finished the month with my first olympic distance triathlon.  And I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been on my bike since.

I started October at a Notre Dame football game.  AWESOME.  I ran the Army Ten Miler.  And, of course, everyone freaked out about Ebola.

In November, I was glad to not be marathon training.  I announced that I’m one of the 2015 Cherry Blossom social runners.  I sang with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (well, my choir did).  And the month ended with the best half marathon I’ve run in a long time.

And so we reach December.  With no races, I slogged through my training plan.  I got jock itch and blogged about it, but not in great detail because ew.  I petted many doggies on holiday break.   And I wrote this post for you.

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