2014 was quite the year. I once again started out the year with the gusto. On January 11-12, 2014, I ran in the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge for the second time in as many years. This challenge was be run the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday for a total of 39.3 miles in 24 hours. It was quite warm for the half marathon, and I ended up just over the two hour mark. However, the next day, the marathon, was quite exciting as I set a new marathon PR at 4:51:10. Now that could be much better; however; I always enjoy the marathon at Disney.
When I completed the Walt Disney Half Marathon on January 11th I also crossed off another goal which was to acquire the URANUS status in Half Fanatics. I accomplished this completing 8 half marathons in 365 days. This goal was a compilation of half marathons in 2013 & 2014. As of the end of 2013, I have completed seven (7) half marathons, so the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on January 11th completed the goal.
In March of this year I joined the Fifty States Half Marathon Club. This is a group of others attempting the same goal of completing a half marathon in all fifty states. It is an awesome group, and we all try to do a meet up at each of the races run.
In February I started chiseling away at the half marathons toward the fifty states goal. On February 16th, we traveled to Birmingham, Alabama and ran the Mercedes Benz Half Marathon. You can click on the link to view the race recap.
In April, we traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to run the Nashville Country Music Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon on the 26th. This was a great race, but very hilly. I did train for the hills so they were not too bad for me. This was my first race in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, and I was thoroughly impressed.
In August, we traveled to California for the first time ever. We spent 12 days out west. During our time, we visited Disneyland, San Diego, Los Angeles, & San Francisco. At Disneyland, on August 31, 2014, I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon to complete my 7th state half marathon.
On November 8, 2014, we went down to Savannah with my friend Rachel to run the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Rachel and I ran the entire race together. It was a great race in the historic city. On race morning, I got to meet up with about 10 members of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club for a pre-race photo. This race in Georgia completed my 8th state.
The following week, November 15, 2014, I ran the inaugural half marathon in our town with the Summerville Sweet Tea Half Marathon. This was a small race of about 500 runners, but it was in my town, so there was no travel or hotels required! I ran it with Dan, another training partner. It was a neat little run, that was pretty successful for a first go at it. I would recommend it if you are in the area.
My final race of the year was the Space Coast Half Marathon on November 30, 2014. This was the 2nd year (of five) of the Big Bang Series in which they are awarding a medal each year of one of the shuttles. In 2013 I received the Space Shuttle Columbia medal, and this year it was the Space Shuttle Challenger. The excitement this year was that at the finish line party, I got to meet Bart Yasso.
Here are the first two medals in the Space Coast Half Marathon Big Bang Series Challenge.
So I made a pretty good medal haul in 2014. I think 2015 will be a little less, but more focused on races toward my 50 By 50 Challenge.
To wrap up my review, I set a goal for 900 miles in 2014. Unfortunately, I did not quite make this goal after getting 1000 miles in 2013. I came up about 50 miles short of my goal at just over 850 miles. I accomplished 121.0 miles in races, and approximately 730 training miles. At the beginning of each year I built my running training plan for the year. For 2014, I am excited to say that I only missed 5 scheduled runs, compared to 13 in 2013 (mostly from the hand injury).
For Christmas I got two new pair of wheels for 2015. I love the Brooks Adrenaline, and was able to get a super deal, so I have options! I got a blue/black pair and a neon green/gray pair.
Finally, I helped some friends with a new running website that you can sign up for and log your races and recaps to help runners be able to go to one central location for race recaps. It is called Race Raves, and here is the post on more information.
2014 was a pretty successful running year. I remained injury free while I completed the Goofy Challenge (for the 2nd time), a marathon, 7 half marathons, and one 5k. Thank you for continuing to follow my blog and my endeavor to run a half marathon in all fifty states. God Bless you and hope you and I have a safe and happy 2015 running year!
Stay tuned tomorrow for what I am planning for 2015!