December is typically a time to reflect on the year, what went wrong, what went right, and what you want to do differently in the next year. This is true in all areas of life and running is no exception.
For me, 2013 was the year of pain and injuries. I had am amazing first two months and then after my marathon in early March, I completely fell apart. One injury after another had me either sidelined completely or running in pain for the rest of the year. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I felt completely healthy again. I’m happy to report that I am now back on the endorphin high of running and once again am reminded why I love it so much and why it should never be taken for granted.
So my goal for 2014 is simple: have fun, don’t take running so seriously, and embrace the adventures that running can take you on. In fact, I’ve already got most of my 2014 running adventures planned out – so I better not get injured again!
For the first 4 months of the year I am going to train for the Vancouver Marathon. I’m giving myself one last attempt at a BQ, but this time I am not taking it so seriously and am going to simply enjoy the training process. If it happens, I will be elated. If it doesn’t happen, at least I’ve chosen a gorgeous marathon in a beautiful city and I will enjoy the journey no matter what. With a route that is almost entirely along the water, how could you not enjoy it? And to get me there, I’ve hired Stephanie Bruce to be my coach! I’ve been a fan of hers for a while now and I am beyond excited to get to call her “coach!”
My next adventure after Vancouver is the Oiselle Team running camp in Bend, OR in August! Spending 4 days running, learning, and chilling with over 100 other Oiselle teammates in gorgeous Bend sounds to me like an adventure yet to be topped.
But wait – then it is going to be topped! In September, my husband and I are going to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary by running (on single-track trails) down the Mediterranean coast of Spain. We found a running adventure tour company in Spain to organize the whole adventure for us – we just get to show up, run, eat, drink, kayak, and travel from town to town on foot. My husband and I met through running, so to us, having a trip centered around running is the perfect way to celebrate our marriage and we couldn’t possibly be more excited!
And finally, up in the air is the NYC Marathon. I entered the lottery again and while I am not counting on getting in, there is always the possibility. If I did get it, it would purely be for fun and with no time goals attached. The NYC Marathon has always been on my bucket list, so while I say that I will retire from marathons forever, I have to make an exception for this one.
And if more adventures come my way, I am ready to embrace them! Ragnar Relays, trail races, running with friends – if it involves running and fun, I will be prepared. Here’s to 2014 – let the adventure begin!