I know you have probably read a few of these already – but my blog, my rules! Time for the 2014 in Review Post. 2014 was a pretty good year, mostly because of running and track coaching. Work is a totally different story, but that isn’t anything new. So, what did I do this year?
This year was definitely a different year for me. I worked small part-time contracts at four different schools, had to supplement those contracts with supply teaching, including going into elementary schools. To say work has been frustrating is definitely an understatement, but part of me doesn’t really care anymore. Second semester of the 2013-2014 year was at a school across town and the commuting was a nightmare. I went on a field trip with the class to Question Period at the House of Commons, which was a highlight. I also taught an online course during the summer, which I enjoyed – mostly because I could work my 7 hours whenever I wanted (students were given that option too), which left lots of time for running and doing other activities. Normally summer school is an 8-4 job with tons of work after, so online teaching felt like a mini-vacation. I did not coach track and field and that definitely sucked. I ended up taking an unpaid day to go to OFSAA and cheer on the athletes. Definitely well worth it, as I saw one of my athletes from the school-team (and club) win a medal.
What a year!
I tried many new races this year – all new to me except Army Run.
MEC Race #1 – Cold One – 5K
Around the Bay – 5K
Manotick Miler – 5 Miler (Pacer)
Ottawa Race Weekend – Half Marathon (not new to ORW – but new to the Sunday races!)
Bread and Honey – 5K
Yorkville Run – 5K
Ottawa Beer Run – 13KM of beer-drinking fun?!?
Army Run – Half Marathon
NYC Marathon – 42.2KM of glory (and bathroom stops….)
I did not PB in the 5K this year, but was 3 seconds away from my PB in the Yorkville Run. That race felt easier than the other 5Ks, so I know I can PB next year. Because of marathon training, I wasn’t pushing for speed at that point. The biggest change was my experience with the half marathon. I ran a half in 2012 and it was like a death march for the last 5K. For the ORW half, the heat was intense, and I struggled towards the end but it was an improved effort with a 8 minute PB. The Army Run was even more awesome because I was in the middle of marathon training. I went in feeling sick and just wanting to have a good long run – but it ended up being a solid, perfectly executed race where I negative split, technically PB’d the 10K and had a 6 minute PB. The biggest part is that I actually enjoyed the half and look forward to running more half marathons in 2015
Pretty obvious that the biggest running story of 2014 is the NYC Marathon. I started marathon training fresh off a 4-week “no running” break because of a stress fracture and no knowing if I would make it through training. The NYC marathon training plan was pretty much the only training plan I have followed through with. A couple of changes here and there, but I really stuck with it. The marathon itself was an amazing experience. Although I had some GI issues that meant 40 minutes of “stop time” (Thank you Garmin for that embarrassing data), I had no other issues – never hit the wall and never felt like I couldn’t do it. I do want to run another marathon so that I can have a massive 40 minute (or more) PB, as long as I eat a stupid bagel before the race and hopefully not have “monthly woman issues” that require bathroom stops.
But – with all the positives, there were some negatives. I had my first big running injury with a small stress fracture. Since then, I’ve had a running assessment, some personal training sessions and lots of coaching to improve my running form and become stronger. There is no way that I can get faster without taking the time and effort to fix my form and strength train.
– I went skiing at Tremblant and finally went down the very steep part at the end. I also bought the lift tickets for only $7 each 🙂
– I went on my first road trip with the competitive track team. So much fun! In my coaching, I am learning more and more – and finally being able to see the small things that happen super fast when the athletes run/jump. Before the more experienced coaches would ask if I “could see that” and I couldn’t. Now I can. I’ve also gone from kind of taking a back seat to leading some of the practices.
– I finally finished my masters! I took an online course from January-March (learning differences – which was an easy course for me) and my last course (big paper writing course), which came with the “you must come to class 2x a week” surprise. I graduated with an A average (no surprise…) and missed graduation because I was kinda running a marathon…..
– I’ve started to cut back on the caffeine – going from 3-4 cups a day to 1-2
– I discovered that one of the roots of my stomach issues is from sorbitol. Having cut that stuff out from my diet meant barely having any problems for the rest of the running season. Other than NYC – darn it…
– Made some new running friends!
All in all – it was a fast, interesting year. The end of 2014 has jump-started some new goals for 2015 (which is another post). I said last year that 2014 was the year of the marathon, and it was. Marathon training is no joke, especially when you are new to the marathon distance. I do think that marathon training has made me a better runner and sparked more interest into becoming stronger/faster. I had to look at my Daily Mile profile to see my mileage over the year, and just looking at this month compared to January/February of 2014 – I have already run double what I usually run in the winter. I need to keep up with this momentum with running and hopefully my spring season will be that much better!
I am also hoping for more stability with work in 2015 – one can only hope, right!?
I hope your 2014 was just as exciting!
What new things did you accomplish in 2014?
What did you wish went differently in 2014?