Dusting off the blog…a look back at 2014.

It’s been months. Months. As time passed I found that writing about Boston 2 Big Sur was no longer relevant and New York, well, that too has come and gone. There is such a small window of time to recap a race and once it’s missed that’s it. People just aren’t interested. So much changed in 2014 and sadly I just couldn’t find the time to fit in blogging. After long days of work travel and family fun I just didn’t have the energy to stay up late and write. Lazy? Maybe, but sleep has become more of a priority these days.

My love of running (and yoga, strength training and good eats) hasn’t changed but racing in 2014 just didn’t happen. My training became more of a run-when-I-can-and-or-feel-like-it-plan which is not conducive to running a strong race. Weird right? 🙂 Next year is going to be different. As I start to goal plan I am going to go back to basics and focus on what motivates me. What can I do to get myself back on track? Where do I need support? I find that writing these things down is helpful so that I can remind myself of where I want to go. This applies in life, work and athletics.

So with that I will recap my year as I prepare to ring in 2015 with all of you. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store!

January:

Happy 2014! I ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon to start the year. This is a local race for me so it was a no brainer really. I have run both the half and the full and highly recommend both.

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February:

4 weeks into my Boston training and I just wasn’t feeling it. Weekly mileage was low and the thought of running a 20 miler made me want to poke my eyes out. I just remember feeling exhausted for all 28 days. Coffee, however, never sounded better 🙂

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March:

Birthdays galore. So many family parties in March makes for an awesome month!

Carlsbad 5000- All day 20k. This used to be a 25k so kinda bummed that they removed a race and didn’t decrease the entry fee. I get that they want people to stay for the elite race, but throw us a bone!

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April:

How did I celebrate turning 35? By taking a week and a half long family vacation to run 2 marathons on 2 coasts.

Boston- Emotional x1000. You’ve seen the video. There aren’t words. I worked my butt of to qualify and will be back there again one day.

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Big Sur- Beyond beautiful. I ran this 5 minutes faster than Boston. Backwards, I know. If you haven’t run this race is a must. So many different distances but the marathon and the 20 miler get to experience all of the beauty. Do it. Now.

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May:

A transitional month for me. My baby turned 7 and I was contemplating a career change that had landed in my lap. It was also the one year anniversary of Mama Kay earning her wings so it was tough.

June:

Started my new job in a totally different field within my industry. A very scary and rewarding leap of faith!

July:

I took my first work trip across the country and did some exploring in New York. Spent the 4th of July with family and celebrated summer!

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August:

Back to school. My littlest started Kinder this year and my big guy is in 2nd grade.

September:

September was a blur. I was all over the place. From SF to Chicago my bags pretty much stayed packed.

October:

Can you say ORANGE OCTOBER?! I went to the World Series and celebrated my Giants winning their 3rd in 5 years. It was incredible.

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Off to NYC for Halloween and the NYCM. There is nothing more fun than family vacations. Or dressing up like a banana. Just because.

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November:

NYC has my heart. I had a bad race (worst marathon time since the beginning of 2012) but I loved every minute of it. I would do it again in an instant. Love, love, love New York.

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Disney Avengers Half. What can I say? Windy conditions and a whole lot of fun!

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Turkey Trot 5 mile race. Determined to redeem myself I finished in 36:xx. While not a PR (not even close) I needed to find proof that I could get back to where I was in 2013. This was it. If I can run 7:20s with no training/speed work I will be back in the high 6’s for short distance in no time.

December:

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Filled with lots of love and family fun (and one last trip to SF). I ran the SD Holiday Half and surprised myself with a 1:42 finish. That was all heart as I had not run a distance longer than 6 miles during a 3 week span. The race organization started out wonky (bag check disaster and a 30!! min late start) but once we got going all was well. It has a lot of fast downhill (net loss of 711 feet or so) and is a PR course for sure. Well, not for me this year but for those who train for it should smash it!

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So there you have it.  Sayonara 14. It’s been fun. Here comes 15 and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. I can feel it.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9

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14 thoughts on “Dusting off the blog…a look back at 2014.

  1. What a year it’s been for you Nicolie. You’re such an inspiration to me and I’m sure many others. Simply put, beautiful inside and out. I’m so proud to be your Mama! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

  2. So glad you are posting, and nice to receive an email from you 🙂 You seem like you have had the same year as i have, i have wanted to complete a few marathons this year but it just didnt happen, work, family, i run (offcourse) but the milage tapered and i become ‘i will run when i can’, next year will be different for me also. I wish you and your family all the best for 2015, God bless xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Gosh, yes! There were times when I just felt so frustrated and defeated. The reality is we do so much and don’t give ourselves the credit for it.

      Blessings my friend! Here is to an awesome 2015!

  3. So happy you are back! This is a great post and it looks like you’ve had a fantastic year. 2014 was definitely a transitional year for me. Some difficult changes but I’m hopeful and excited for what 2015 will bring. One thing I’m certain will happen is my return to Runner status. Already registered for the Shamrock’n in March. Welcome Back! 🙂

  4. Sounds like we are both ready to say goodbye to 14 and hello to 15! Hope all is well with you!! Shamrock’n is one that I still haven’t done. I should just bite the bullet and sign up and then spend time afterward in my hometown!! I have work travel scheduled for the following week which would be the only thing really holding me back. So glad to hear that you are back at it too. Let’s do this!

  5. I have the sister verse to Prov 16:9 on my wall at work. Psalm 19:21 Many are the plans in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s pupose that prevails. It is a good reminder.

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