My Running Year Review: 2014

I’ve been seeing a lot of running year reviews from several fellow running bloggers and I thought what an awesome idea! I didn’t recap 2013 but I feel like I grew so much in 2014, so how could I not recap my running year?

Miss Zippy is hosting a link up for the Year of Running Reviews and I wanted to join in. However, I love the format that Erica at Erica Finds used for her running year review so I tailored mine after hers. I’ve always said that I’m a numbers girl, so I definitely like seeing my total numbers of mileage and races.

2014 races

So here goes my 2014 running year review…

# of Miles Run: 757.3 miles

# of Races Run: 17 races; 5 – half marathons, 3 – 10ks, 6 – 5ks, 1 – 4 miler, 1 – 8.11k and 1 – 1 miler
[Not counted: 4 virtual races – 5 miles each]

# of Miles Run in Races: 114.34 miles

# of Age Group Awards: 2 – one officially (1st in my age group for the Empower 10k Run) and one unofficially! The unofficial placing was for the SCNG Suicide Awareness 5k. And I say unofficial because this was a free run. No awards were provided. No bling was given. It was merely a run put on to promote awareness of a topic that is so hush-hush in our society — Suicide. This run was very moving and even with the hiccups, I was glad to have participated. When the results were posted, I ended coming in as 1st in the female division (there were no age group divisions), merely 30 seconds after the 2nd overall female.

Fun Race Destinations: Nashville, Virginia Beach and Philly

Coolest Non-Race Runs: Fleet Feet weekly pub runs and Team RWB weekly group runs


Best Race: I’ve had a couple of great races for varying reasons but if I had to choose, it would be the Palmetto Half Marathon. After I sprained my ankle 3 weeks prior to my first half marathon in November 2013, the Palmetto Half Marathon was the first half that I ran the whole distance without stopping and injury free.

Worst Race: Hands down – Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon. A half marathon in August heat in Virginia?1 It was my worst half marathon time and the worst struggle to finish a race.

Personal Records (PRs): 3 – [Palmetto] Half Marathon at 2:20:01; [Keep the Lights on 811 Run] 8.11k at 51:42; 1 Mile [on the Sand] at 13:51 (I should mention that the 1 miler was run on unpacked beach sand…it sucked!)

Number of Sidelining Injuries: 1 – that pesky Achilles pain that I had after the Nashville half marathon. I was out of commission for about a month.

Best New Running Product I Tried: I’d have to go with the WIN Detergent. I fell in love with it from the first wash cycle! No residual funk and my running clothes smell soooo good!

2014 races

Best run? I can’t choose just one. We have our good days and we have our bad days. And I’ve had several awesome runs this year both with Elijah (my running dog) and by myself. I appreciate every run, whether it’s the best one at that moment or not.

Best new piece of gear: Funny that I think the best new piece of gear is actually something I bought for my running dog — his vest/backpack. Thanks to his vest, he can carry his own stuff and even my keys! Best investment ever because I was getting tired of carrying all the stuff for him! Haha!

Best piece of running advice you received: from my coach Laura at Mommy Run Fast regarding my (1st) marathon training – all your long runs should be slow, focus on getting the time on your feet rather than pace! That definitely took some mental pressure off me.

Most inspirational runner? There are so many that I can’t choose just one. This year I featured several runners on the blog. Each and every one is an inspiration to us in their own way. They each have their own reasons and motivation for running. Feel free to go check out some of these inspiring runners!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Freakin’ awesome. Nuff said.

Team RWB

I wanted to say thanks to Team RWB for supporting me through an awesome year. I’m proud and thankful to have met and gotten involved with such a wonderful organization. It’s given me the opportunity to meet and connect with several people (aka Eagles) across the US, many of which I’m friends with and still in contact with today. The support and motivation that I’ve received from each and every one of them is priceless and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. To every Eagle out there that has crossed my path this year…Thank You!

See you on the road!

8 responses to “My Running Year Review: 2014

  1. You definitely had a busy year- I love how you run with Team RWB and it seems like you’ve found a great running family through them. Good luck with marathon training!

    • Thanks Amy! I’m feeling good about my training so far…but I’m only half way through and haven’t gotten in to the long-long runs yet. Fingers crossed! 🙂 Thanks for always being so supportive, motivating and inspirational to me!!

  2. Wow, Maria! Awesome year and great post. Thanks for the shout out and for sharing all of the great details! Here’s to an awesome and injury free 2015!

  3. Awesome year and great recap! I hope 2015 is great for you! 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  4. Gotta love coaches advice.
    I really have no idea how many miles I ran this year. Maybe 2015 is the yera I count.

    • Somehow it’s much easier to take in when it’s coming from a coach. If I didn’t have a coach, I’d probably be so hard headed and try to do too much. So glad that I decided to go with a coach for my marathon training. 🙂 Takes all the mental worry of planning my calendar off of me and I can just worry about getting my prescribed workouts done!

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