I honestly can’t even believe 2014 is almost over. It literally feels like it was just this time last year!


2014 brought a lot of changes. Some of which I could hardly anticipate, but I’ve become a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason.” I don’t stress about things I can’t change, and don’t waste time dwelling on “what could be,” or “what if.” That being said I also read 3 sources of horoscope weekly (Refinery29, Free People blog and The Cut) hahah.

Life is great, and I’ve been the happiest I think I’ve ever been (while at the same time I never thought I was unhappy). I feel so at peace with everything in my life, and just enjoy each and every day and what it brings.

Enough about me, on to my year of running:


Best race experience? The Chicago Marathon was the best first marathon experience I could’ve asked for. And I’d have to say, in terms of half marathons, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with Finish Line was an unforgettable weekend experience!

Best run? Any of my 20 mile marathon training runs. I approached them like explorations and literally enjoyed the journey. Or any of my runs out my door lately—I love where I’m living now and every run out the door is a great reminder of that!


Best new piece of gear? Just in time before the cut-off of 2014, I’d have to say my new HOKA running shoes I got from Graham for Christmas. And Injinji running socks (also via Graham).

Best piece of running advice you received? “Never outrun your joy of running.” – the Seaside Striders Running Club motto and a constant reminder from my coach Jim, who always pushes me to do my best, while reminding me that I never want to deviate from my goal to always keep running fun.


Most inspirational runner? Seriously, anyone on my running team. From Justin who ran a 3 hour marathon his first marathon, to Gary who just completed his first Ironman, to Trina and Z who climbed ++++ feet at the Hoover Dam Marathon (also their first marathon), the number of people who inspire me on my running team is endless!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Change, growth, and friendship (for all aspects of 2014 — not just running).

In just a few words, how would you sum up your year of running?



My year of running from 2013

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