2014 – Runs, PR’s, Celebs, Concerts, Tacos & Sexiness (Mostly in Photos)

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.

The 6 Dopey Challenge Medals.

The 6 Dopey Challenge Medals.

Day 1 – Thursday – 5k (3.1 miles)

Medal 1/6 gotten!

Medal 1/6 gotten!

Day 2 – Friday – 10k (6.2 miles)

Medal 2/6 got.

Medal 2/6 got.

Day 3 – Saturday – Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

Medals 3/6 got.

Medals 3/6 got.

Day 4 – Sunday – Full Marathon (26.2 miles)

Medals 6/6 (includes Dopey & Goofy bonus medals)

Medals 6/6 (includes Dopey & Goofy bonus medals)

All in all, it was a magical 48.6 miles.

Running at Disney World.

Running at Epcot, waving to my fans.

Included in the weekend was the Kids’ Race, where the soon to be 5 year old rocked it!

Medals for everyone!

Medals for everyone!

Oh, and did I mention my sis and ma also did the Dopey?

At Magic Kingdom with our medals.

At Magic Kingdom with our medals.

Shortly afterwards though, I was going for a run, tripped, felled, and Nancy Kerriganed my own knee.

Put me out of commission for a little while.

Put me out of commission for a little while.

I was able to eventually get active again by doing a lot of yoga in a retail store.

Cat, cow, what difference does it make?

Cat, cow, what difference does it make?

I really think yoga is important for everyone – including runners. So I do a lot of it. And besides…

#NotCreepyatAll

#NotCreepyatAll

Another part of my cross training is lifting weights. And besides…

Dumbells make you smart...and sexy.

Dumbells make you smart…and sexy.

I also like to mix up my runs with track work. And besides…

Track work makes you sexy.  Here's the proof!

Track work makes you sexy. Here’s the proof!

Trail runs are also great. And besides…

#truth #obviously

#truth #obviously

Eventually my knee felt better and I got back on the roads with some of my fave people. Like Thursday Night Social Runners.

TNSR, Representin

TNSR, Representin

And also my crazy early morning elfen crew.

Pre Run Pic

They like to run at like 5am. They cray cray.

I also made a few Luke’s Locker social trail runs.

Some of the group, but not all of the group.

Run trails, eat pancakes. Repeat.

And the White Rock Running Co-op, who really helped me to become a better runner this year.

WRRC. Good runners.

WRRC. Good runners.

To help fuel my workouts, I ate lots of tacos. Lots.

Legit, son!

Legit, son!

In between training, I also got to see some of my fave bands…like at this FREE concert – The Killers!

About 30 rows deep, my mouth a gasp with excitement.

About 30 rows deep, my mouth a gasp with excitement.

And the Old 97’s.

Seen this band countless times.

Seen this band countless times.

And I was super thrilled to see the traveling Broadway show, based on the movie – Once!

I wish I could see it twice.

I wish I could see it twice.

And I got to make my annual Jimmy Buffett concert experience…TWICE!

Just call me Front Row Joe.

JB concert #1. Just call me Front Row Joe.

JB Concert #2. Things get wild at the tailgate parties...trust me!

JB concert #2. Things get wild at the tailgate parties…trust me!

I also got to hangout on stage during a Graceland Ninjaz concert.

On stage open mouth selfie.

On stage open mouth selfie.

As well as Pentatonix.

I liked to imagine they were all cheering for me (they may have been).

I liked to imagine they were all cheering for me (they may have been).

They were amongst the Celebs that got to hang out with me this year.

They asked me to join the group based on some of my youtube karaoke videos.

They asked me to join the group based on some of my youtube karaoke videos.

And my model friend Brooke Becker.

She's kewl.

She’s kewl.

And long time friend, fashion blogger, and TV host, Hilary Kennedy.

We had to wear our shades because of the flashes from the paparazzi.

We had to wear our shades because of the flashes from the paparazzi.

And all around media star, and long long time friend, Ashley Kamrath.

At the Emmy's. We didn't win this year, but we'll get again next year!

At the Emmy’s. We didn’t win this year, but we’ll get again next year!

And I made another video with friend & TV host, Emily Reppert.

On the set with my actor friends.

On the set with my actor friends.

And I made a new BFF when I interviewed Olympic gold medalist, Jennie Finch.

See, told ya we were new BFF's.

See, told ya we were new BFF’s.

And my Dallas Half Marathon Champion friend, Logan Sherman.

Mustachioed.

Logan, Me, Patrick. Mustachioed.

And model/actor buddy, Shane Land.

We have played brothers in two movies. Can you see the resemblance?

We have played brothers in two movies. Can you see the resemblance?

And a Dallas Cowboy – Charles Haley.

A couple of legends.

A couple of legends.

And the wife and I got to re-meet Old 97’s. Solid dudes.

Lead singer Rhett Miller. His hair is glorious.

Lead singer Rhett Miller. His hair is glorious.

Anyways, back to running. I ran a bunch of races. Starting with Abby’s Run 5k, where I won my age group!

Yay! I got a photo with Abby (who the race is named for) and her mom.  Ann photobombed us.

Yay! I got a photo with Abby (who the race is named for) and her mom. Ann photobombed us.

Then came the Rock the Block 10k. New PR – 46:00!

And we're off!  -Photo from Dallasnews.com

And we’re off! -Photo from Dallasnews.com

During the months of Texas heat, it was really hot, so I only ran a few unofficial races. Like the Boston Marathon virtual run.

fc-12164And the America, F**k Yeah 4th of July 10k.

Censored Bling.

Censored Bling

And the TNSR Beer Mile.

This was a bad idea.

This was a bad idea.

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???

He's grown about 5 times his size. Based on that growth rate, I figure he'll be about 80 feet tall by his 20's.

He’s grown about 5 times his size. Based on that growth rate, I figure he’ll be about 80 feet tall by his 20’s.

I even volunteered to coach his soccer team. That was a lot of fun!

Landsharks on three!

Landsharks on three!

And the little girl just keeps growing too!

Stop looking at me swan.

Stop looking at me swan.

Fall also saw a lot of PR changes. Starting with the Oktoberfest 5k – 21:33. When you PR, you have to celebrate…

They love me.

They love me.

Next up was the Dallas Mavericks 5k. Another PR!

They asked to have their photo taken with me. I obliged.

The Mavs Dancers asked to have their photo taken with me. I obliged.

Not only that, but the wife got to run this race too!

The after race party.

The after race party.

Speaking of which, my brother ran his first half marathon this fall! And my dad is running his first half in January 2015!

Dad, Bro, Me.

Dad, Bro, Me at an FC Dallas game this fall.

The next PR to fall was at the Dallas 13.1 – 1:42:59!

Bottle opener medal.

Bottle opener medal.

Next was the annual Halloween fun run.

Our costumed group.

Our costumed group.

Of course, Halloween isn’t just for adults…

Two ninjas, Dorothy, and a cowgirl walk into a bar...

Two ninjas, Dorothy, and a cowgirl walk into a bar…

One sad change was that we lost our oldest doggy this fall. She was such a great pup.

sweet Bailey girl

sweet Bailey girl

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.

Stop looking at me turkey.

Stop looking at me turkey.

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!

Last year's race was cancelled due to ice. So I got two medals!

Last year’s race was cancelled due to ice. So I got two medals!

The final race of 2014 was the Dallas Half marathon. No PR this day, but still got my 2nd fastest half – 1:45:01.

Big state, little medal.

Big state, little medal.

And as part of the Dallas Marathon festivities, I got to meet MEB!!!!!!

Me n Meb

Me n Meb

The end of the year was spent with friends and family for the holidays.

Batman PJ's mean it's finally almost bed time.

Winding down on Christmas.

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.

5 g's over the past few years.

5 g’s over the past few years.

Here’s hoping 2015 will be even better! Happy New Year, y’all!

Today’s only question: What’s your top 2014 highlight?

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36 thoughts on “2014 – Runs, PR’s, Celebs, Concerts, Tacos & Sexiness (Mostly in Photos)

  1. Looks like a great year! My highlight was crossing the finish line hand in hand with my hubby for his first half marathon, AND auditioning for MasterChef-even though they didn’t pick me, LOL

  2. Wow, what a great year! I’m very jealous that you got to meet Pentatonix. I’m convinced that Mitch and I would be BFFs. I don’t know how 2015 will top the great year you’ve had, but I’m sure it will! PRs all around?!

    • Thank you!! Ha, well if I ever get to meet them again, I’ll be sure to let you know ahead of time!And yes, PRs for everyone in 2015!

  3. Sweet recap! What an awesome year you had! So many famous people, but you’re famous so of course you hang with famous people. My 2014 top highlight was totally non running related, it was paddleboarding with Kobi. It only took her 20 minutes to get the hang of it and it changed our lives! Now we can do everything together (except yoga classes, she’s too wiggly).

    • Thank you!!! Ha, yeah, I’m totally famous. I do get heckled by a guy here who always calls me a ‘minor celebrity’ whenever I see him. Very cool about the doggy paddleboarding. I’m surprised the water was warm enough way up there. 😉 And Kobi should be a natural at the downward facing dog pose

  4. I’m sensing a seriously sexy theme! My best moment was chillin in Kauai with Jesse!

  5. WOW WOW WOW!!! What a spectacular year 2014 has been for you!! I loved the walk down memory lane!! Seriously exciting and amazing!! Happy New Year’s Eve!! Have a fabulous start to 2015!! XOXO

    • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I do like to do the year in review posts, it’s fun to look back. Happy New Year to you!! 2015 will rock! XOXO

  6. I would say it was an awesome year for you! Happy New Years! Looking forward to reading about all of your 2015 adventures 🙂

  7. Awesome year! Great pics and milestones! A good moment for me was realizing I cleared my goal of 750 miles. :). Best wishes in 2015!

  8. To one of my favorite bloggers….
    Thanks for all the laughs you’ve given me over the last year. I tried to be healthy with the corn shell tacos, but I relasped to the flour tortillas.

    • Wow, thank you so much! I try to be silly, I’m glad you get it. Come on, you gotta go with corn. Besides healthier, it tastes better (in my opinion)

  9. Congrats on a great year! I look forward to following your adventures in 2015!

  10. That Dopey Challenge is insane! I’m super impressed. How do you even train for that?! My 2014 highlights lasted six months when we traveled Europe, for sure.

    • Thank you! Dopey wasn’t so bad, just took a lot of training. Oh yes, I remember well your Europe adventure. I’m still jealous

  11. Epic year! Only you make yoga sexy

  12. Wow. What a year. Happy New Year! For some reason I want a taco right now.

  13. Ha! You started 2014 big and didn’t stop!

  14. ::standing ovation:: Holy crap what a year! I’m glad I found your blog, my friend. You are always entertaining and the running is nothing short of inspiring.

    Also I totally forgot about that time you fell until just now. That was awful. Let’s not repeat that in 2015, okay?

    • Why thank you! I’m glad you found my blog too, and that I found yours. Truly a favorite! I know you inspire sooo many people too!

      Yes, agreed, no more falling in 2015. It was not fun.

  15. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes

    Wow, just wow. How is 2015 going to live up to THAT?! Awesome post…dude you keep me laughing every time I read your posts. Did you really dress up as Alice in Wonderland for the half marathon? That is freaking awesome…and sexy, lol 😉 Happy New Year!

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you get my humor! And yes, I did dress up as Alice. That apron is my friends – she got it at Disney World at age 6, back in the day. I couldn’t fit in the dress, so the apron had to do. Someone asked me if I lost a bet. Ha! So sexy!!! Happy New Year!

  16. My running highlight was definitely doing the Dopey. I knew I would finish but wasn’t sure it would be in one piece! It was such a thrilling experience. Looks like a great year!

    • Yes, I wasn’t sure how my body would react either, but I knew I wanted to get through it in one piece. Success! Happy New Year!

  17. Wow, what a year! I feel bad for 2015, because now it has a lot to live up to.

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