February: Where the craziness continues, before it has ended
I signed up for my 2nd Chicago Marathon (3rd overall marathon in 12 months!!). I was going to sign up for Marine Corps, but this one came up and I did! This year, I am hiding my credit cards in February.
March: Where I run my near perfect Marathon
New Orleans Marathon - THE race I'd planned for and executed to perfection. A 30 minute PR from Chicago 6 months ago. And the whole race was amazing.
April: Where I am a Mother Runner
I was carrying my NOLA fitness into summer and feeling very confident about starting a good training season for Chicago. I was doing 11:30 - 12:00 mile runs of 6-8 miles with ease (on flat, at least).
I met Sarah and Dimity, the moms behind Another Mother Runner . I had read their books, and meeting them was absolutely awesome ! (In December, Looking back at the ease of interaction that we now have on twitter, I am amazed that I met them *just* 8 months ago!!)
May: Where I Chill and Pack in lbs
An India Trip!! And an extra 5 lbs weight put on.
June: Where I Face my First Running Injury
A roller coaster of emotions - I start running after I get back from India and I'm "diagnosed" with Stress Fracture , which later turns out to be severe shin splits caused by tight calf muscles . New shoes and I'm on my way to training hard for Chicago. But not before I've spent a miserable 2 weeks in crutches and tears.
July: Where I meet the Man behind Yasso800s
I enjoy some good running as I ease back, some good advice , good friends as I wait for my family to come back from India, and some great initiation into the world of cycling at the Tour De France .
The highlight was meeting Bart Yasso , who was awesome enough to come down to our interval sessions and stay for dinner.
August: Where I have a Crazy Running Adventure Day with Becca
We run the Vinings Downhill 5k in the morning, where I PR at 32:16 by 35 seconds (they weren't joking when they named it "downhill"!), and then do the Alien Haf Marathon in the night, where I have the worst time of my halfs. But we stayed together and had a super fun time.
September: Where I gain Confidence and am itching to get to Chicago
Nothing remarkable about the month, except that I have great long runs leading to Chicago. I am v ery very pleased with my 21 miler and I am confident in meeting my goals for Chicago marathon. The season might have had its ups and downs, but I have still put in the effort and looking forward to Chicago.
October: Where I ran a Marathon when I shouldn't have
I fell sick a week before the marathon, with what I thought was common cold. It slowly morphed into something bigger, and I woke up the day of the marathon with chest congestion, cold and high fever - the classic Influenza patient. Instead of DNS and resting, I quack myself up to the neck in over the counter medications and run the marathon. An emotional wreck after the race, I proceed to embarrass myself and cry buckets on shoulders.
Needless to say, I don't reach my goals .
November: Where I battle Sickness and DNS Philly Marathon
The effects of running a marathon with flu carries over and the flu now becomes bronchitis. I am weak and tired and in no condition to run Philly Marathon, my plan B race. I am still stubborn and don't want to give up (having paid for airfare, hotel and race), but getting Streph 2 weeks before Philly is the final nail in the coffin.
I write off Philly and I am secretly swearing to no marathons until I get my act of staying healthy together again.
December: Where I am Drawn into the Endless Cycle Again
I am determined to just run because I love it and not get burnt out/bogged down by miles. I start back on swimming twice a week and take up trail running, thanks to initiation by the Big Peach Running. Taking advantage of the warmer than normal December weather, I explore the trails in my backyard , never knowing that they existed.
And inspite of swearing off marathons (secretly!), and struggling with IT band issues, I succumb to peer pressure and the lure of a HUGE bling to sign up for Little Rock Marathon in March.
And so the cycle continues into 2014....
How was your year? Do you have a month-by-month recap?
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