2014: The Year of the PR

Running in 2014 turned out to be pretty fantastic, even though I spent the last couple of months dealing with an injury. I could also call 2014 The Year of the PR, I’ll focus on that and not the injury! I discovered while going through races for this post that I set personal records in 8 of the 13 races that I ran this year! I know I’m probably not supposed to say it (because it’s about me…) but, that’s amazing!

 

Johnston's Half Marathon | amotherspace.net

 

I set my 5K PR in January and then broke it again in May. It now stands at 25:38. I set my 4 mile PR in March with a 34:04 time. In April I PR’d in the 10K with a time of 52:35. Then I made several half marathon PR’s. The first was in May (2:04:21) then again in August (2:02:37) and finally I broke the 2 hour barrier with another PR in September (1:57:02.) I ran my second full marathon in October and set a 40+ minute PR with the time of 4:22:54.

That’s most definitely a fantastic year! In fact, it makes me a little nervous about 2015 because in no way is it going to compare to how great 2014 was for my running. I’m okay with that though!

 

Chicago Marathon 2014 | amotherspace.net

Photo Credit: Photogenic Chicago

My goal race for the year was the Chicago Marathon in October. I spent the entire year preparing for it, even before training started. I wanted to make sure that I had a good base heading into training. The marathon turned out to be the best racing and possibly running experience of my life. Yes, it was that incredible. Did you miss that recap? You can read all about it —–> here. If you are contemplating running a marathon and the Chicago Marathon is one you are considering…sign up for the lottery or run for a charity, like the Ronald McDonald House. I can’t recommend it enough.

My year in numbers.

 

1,261.89: number of running miles

2014 blew away my past mileage high of 622 miles. I set my Run This Year goal way back in January to run 2,014 kilometers throughout the year. I exceeded it last week and went on to run a total of 2,030.82 kilometers for the year.

 

Run This Year | amotherspace.net

 

165.44: highest mileage in one month

12: number of running months

16: number of days with no running due to Plantar Fasciitus after the Chicago Marathon. (It felt like forever so I’m surprised to see that it was only 16 days!)

13: number of races (Frosty 5K, 3 5 by the 5th virtual races, St. Patrick’s Day Party and Run 4 miler, Easter SunRun 10K, World Run Virtual 10K, Spring Prairie Fire Half Marathon, Get Your Rear in Gear 5K, Southside Scorcher 10K, Run for Your Momma Half Marathon, Johnston’s Half Marathon, Chicago Marathon)

One of my goals for 2014 was to race 14 races. (#14in2014) if I had added them up before this week and found out I was only one race short I might have tried to squeeze one more race in this year!

4: number of virtual races (Spring 5 by the 5th Series + the World Run)

2014 in Review | amotherspace.net

6: number of medals

2: Age Group Awards

0: number of DNS (did not start) races

4: number of states I ran in (KS, IA, OK, IL)

4: number of people in my (immediate) family that supported me every step of the way. I couldn’t have had the running year that I had without their understanding and support as I went out on all my miles this year.
Family | amotherspace.net

So, I kinda feel like I was bragging a lot in this post. I’m proud of my running improvements over the year (and shocked by them) but I don’t mean to share them to brag.  I’ve had a good year and I always like to keep all these numbers in one nice little post at the end of the year. If you’ve made it to the end, thanks for reading!

Are you a numbers geek like me? 
Do you like to look back on all the running numbers of the year?
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8 comments

  1. Tina muir says:

    Love the numbers, that is a good idea, I should go back through! All these great new years posts, and heres me with a regular one, should have thought that through a little more haha! You did have an amazing year! That is incredible to run that many PRS, and your injury problems will make you even more determined in 2015!

    • Thank you, Tina! It’s amazing how much I was surprised by putting all these numbers together this week. I can’t even imagine the mileage that you have racked up this year with all the miles you run each week!
      Oh, and your ‘normal’ post was great today and is nice to read in between all the end of year posts!

  2. michelle C says:

    I am so a numbers geek so I love this post! It was an epic year! I am like you, even with the injury, I don’t know how I am going to top 2014. We so have to run a race together. Maybe you could help me beat my half PR. Shooting for a 2:05 and then maybe a 2 so if you ever have a race you are just using for training and not racing, let me know and we can run together!

    • Thanks, Michelle! 2014 was a great year all around! That would be fun to run a race together. I’ve never paced anyone before but I would be up for the challenge. I haven’t decided my racing plans for the year yet (I’m thinking about focusing on speed a bit more instead of distance…5ks and 10ks) so we’ll have to touch base again later on in the year.

  3. It’s been fun following you and I’m hoping we get to meet up at a local race this year! Let me know what you’ve got planned! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for both of us!

    • Thanks, Wendy! I’ve enjoyed following your running journey this year as well. I haven’t decided on my races yet…are you in the Chicago area? I’m actually from Kansas but there are several Chicago races I would like to run in the future. My sister lives there so we travel to Chicago often. You’ll have to share your favorite races so I can add them to my ‘must run’ list. Happy New Year!

  4. Angie, you have every right to go ahead and brag! I am blown away by your mileage for the year (1200+ miles) and had to look up what that distance would be if you drove… Kansas City to Reno (you live in/near KC?)

    Anyhoo, congrats on your running numbers, I am a numbers geek (I love collecting data — I’m obsessed with my Fitbit)… and loved ths post!

    • Thanks, Marnie! I live about 3 hours away from KC but I still can’t believe that my mileage would have gotten me all the way to Reno! What a fun way to look at it. :) I would love a FitBit…but I haven’t gotten on yet.