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Looking back at 2014, ready to run 2015

I usually look back at the end of the year to see what I’ve accomplished and where I am in life. Mostly, I focus on the general stuff — career, relationships, health.

2014 has been a good year for the general stuff — I’m happy with my career, my relationships are healthy, and I am healthy (well, I think… annual physical is in a month, so we’ll see for sure then). I’m very thankful for the current state of all three.

2014 has been a good year for specific stuff as well.

I ran my first half marathon (plus a few more), trained for and ran my first full marathon, visited two new U.S. cities (Ashville, NC and Dallas, TX), committed to yoga (great cross-training for running), started barre classes (another great cross-training activity), and completed a few smaller, fun races in the D.C. area, including The Color Run with little sister, Scarecrow Run with the family, and Turkey Chase with a former co-worker. And to cap it all off, earlier this month, I spent a week surfing in Nicaragua. It was amazing. I’ll have a blog post up about it soon.

2015 has a lot to live to up to, but I think it’ll be great.

Here are some of my (fitness-related) goals for the New Year:

1. Complete at least 12 half marathons — Sounds crazy, I know. But I want to pick up the speed on the longer-term goal of completing a half marathon in all 50 states. I figure, the more races I can complete early on, the better, because who knows what life and scheduling will be like a few years from now.

2. Be more consistent about tracking runs — It’s good to keep track of all runs (time, pace, location, condition). It helps measure progress and can show areas of weakness. In 2014, I started off strong in doing this, but got lazy around March. I’ll be better in 2015. Hopefully.

3. Work on hill running — Ugh, I hate hills, which is why I need to work on them. I plan to add hillier routes to my training, and maybe devote a day during the week to just hills.

4. Spend more time surfing — This may seem like an odd one, but surfing requires paying attention to the surroundings (wind, waves, tide, people and objects in the water). It also requires a little bit of endurance and good balance. These are all useful for running, too. It’s a cross-training activity that I would love to do more of. I’m about a two-hour drive from the ocean though (and even farther for decent surfing waves), so getting in surf time is challenging. I’m hoping I can squeeze it in during a running trip. We’ll see. Fingers crossed.

What are your goals for 2015?

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