Welp, we’ve dun it. Anuther trip around the sun. Looking back, 2014 was a pretty decent year. Let’s take a peek at a few hightlights, shall we?
It kicked off with a BANG! In January I ran the Disney World Dopey & Goofy Challenge. That’s 4 straight days, 4 straight races.
Day 1 – Thursday – 5k (3.1 miles)
Day 2 – Friday – 10k (6.2 miles)
Day 3 – Saturday – Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Day 4 – Sunday – Full Marathon (26.2 miles)
All in all, it was a magical 48.6 miles.
Included in the weekend was the Kids’ Race, where the soon to be 5 year old rocked it!
Oh, and did I mention my sis and ma also did the Dopey?
Shortly afterwards though, I was going for a run, tripped, felled, and Nancy Kerriganed my own knee.
I was able to eventually get active again by doing a lot of yoga in a retail store.
I really think yoga is important for everyone – including runners. So I do a lot of it. And besides…
Another part of my cross training is lifting weights. And besides…
I also like to mix up my runs with track work. And besides…
Trail runs are also great. And besides…
Eventually my knee felt better and I got back on the roads with some of my fave people. Like Thursday Night Social Runners.
And also my crazy early morning elfen crew.
I also made a few Luke’s Locker social trail runs.
And the White Rock Running Co-op, who really helped me to become a better runner this year.
To help fuel my workouts, I ate lots of tacos. Lots.
In between training, I also got to see some of my fave bands…like at this FREE concert – The Killers!
And the Old 97’s.
And I was super thrilled to see the traveling Broadway show, based on the movie – Once!
And I got to make my annual Jimmy Buffett concert experience…TWICE!
I also got to hangout on stage during a Graceland Ninjaz concert.
As well as Pentatonix.
They were amongst the Celebs that got to hang out with me this year.
And my model friend Brooke Becker.
And long time friend, fashion blogger, and TV host, Hilary Kennedy.
And all around media star, and long long time friend, Ashley Kamrath.
And I made another video with friend & TV host, Emily Reppert.
And I made a new BFF when I interviewed Olympic gold medalist, Jennie Finch.
And my Dallas Half Marathon Champion friend, Logan Sherman.
And model/actor buddy, Shane Land.
And a Dallas Cowboy – Charles Haley.
And the wife and I got to re-meet Old 97’s. Solid dudes.
Anyways, back to running. I ran a bunch of races. Starting with Abby’s Run 5k, where I won my age group!
Then came the Rock the Block 10k. New PR – 46:00!
During the months of Texas heat, it was really hot, so I only ran a few unofficial races. Like the Boston Marathon virtual run.
And the TNSR Beer Mile.
Then came the Fall. Autumn is always a time of change. For us, a big change was the boy starting kindergarten. Where does the time go???
I even volunteered to coach his soccer team. That was a lot of fun!
And the little girl just keeps growing too!
Fall also saw a lot of PR changes. Starting with the Oktoberfest 5k – 21:33. When you PR, you have to celebrate…
Next up was the Dallas Mavericks 5k. Another PR!
Not only that, but the wife got to run this race too!
Speaking of which, my brother ran his first half marathon this fall! And my dad is running his first half in January 2015!
The next PR to fall was at the Dallas 13.1 – 1:42:59!
Next was the annual Halloween fun run.
Of course, Halloween isn’t just for adults…
One sad change was that we lost our oldest doggy this fall. She was such a great pup.
But in happier times, I set another PR at the North Texas Turkey Trot 5k 20:04. Bummer was the course being .1 miles short.
Next up was the Rudolph Run 5k. And yet another PR – officially 21:29, but my watch had the course being long. According to it I came across at 20:50-something. Either way, I got 2nd in my age group!
The final race of 2014 was the Dallas Half marathon. No PR this day, but still got my 2nd fastest half – 1:45:01.
And as part of the Dallas Marathon festivities, I got to meet MEB!!!!!!
The end of the year was spent with friends and family for the holidays.
Looking back, it was a pretty good year. Lots of tacos, shows, good times, and running. In fact, I went over 1,200 miles on my feet. I even surpassed 5,000 miles total with my Nike+ watch – starting when I got it a few years ago.
Here’s hoping 2015 will be even better! Happy New Year, y’all!
Today’s only question: What’s your top 2014 highlight?