What made BackatSquareZero tick this year?
Here are my Top 10 experiences from 2014.
2014 Top 10 List:
10. Setting a new 5K PR.
I was able to chop almost a minute off my 5K time from the previous year and wrap 2014 up with a sub 28 minute 5K which was a goal of mine this year.
9. Running a 2:10 half at Kiawah.
Hitting a 2:10 half was my biggest (time related) running goal this year and I ran what I felt was the perfect race at Kiawah. It was tough and I was running hard, but I always felt like I was in control and I even had a bit of speed left for a finishing kick.
8. Traveling for races.
I was able to visit New Orleans, Virginia Beach, and Savannah this year to race. I know I will be back in Savannah next year, but cannot wait to see where else I get to go. I dream of doing the Rock ‘n’ Roll races in San Diego, Seattle, and Chicago; however, my dreams are bigger than my budget so we will have to see where 2015 takes me.
7. Hiring a running coach.
After almost three straight years plagued with injury I finally broke down and hired a running coach in February. It has been one of the best decisions I made. I used to think coaches were only for elite athletes, but for about the price of a Grande Starbucks each week Laura personalizes my training plans to make sure I am running injury free.
6. Working with amazing companies.
I was blessed again this year to be an Ambassador for Mizuno Running which is a wonderful company that treats me fabulously – love the shoes, the people, everything about Mizuno. I also joined up with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger and had an great time representing them at races.
5. Joining Weight Watchers.
I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting in July and while I have had some ups and downs I am so glad I did it. I feel like this program will help me to finally get my eating under control and it feels good to take charge of that. Food and nutrition have always been a huge downfall for me and I hope to continue to improve.
4. Finding two new running buddies here in Charleston.
I tried to meet new running friends through local running groups and had been unsuccessful. Who would have guessed my blog’s social media channels would bring two amazing running buddies into my life? Funny how things work out for the best.
3. Meeting all the #HotMessExpress girls in person.
The 7 of us (female running bloggers) talked for a long time before the New Orleans marathon, but meeting them all in person cemented what I hope will be lifelong friendships. These ladies are the best! I still talk to them on a regular basis through social media and texting. (I always feel like I need to PhotoShop Dani, the 7th member, in to this picture. I guess that is what happens when she is way up in the front with the speedsters.)
2. Getting to go with my mother to visit my Oma (grandma) in Monterey, CA.
Not only was it amazing to see my Oma as it had been two years since my last visit, but running along the Pacific Ocean in Monterey was by far my favorite run route of the year and hiking Big Sur was amazing.
1. Spending a week in July with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nephew.
I love having my entire family together and getting to have a week off work to spend with them all at once was absolutely wonderful.
What would go on your top ten list?