January - no races, just running. I ran a whopping 27. Brad changed jobs from working the weekend shift to Monday-Friday (that was simply amazing) & we spent some time painting the top half of our kitchen cabinets. I was also wedding planning! We planned to be hosting our wedding reception at Grandma's house.
|The oak color up top was being painted|
the espresso color down below.
|Gasparilla challenge (pre-toenail)|
March - I ran 17 miles this month. Surprisingly, this month was more stressful and crazy than the previous. My sister threw me a bachelorette party, I was wrapping up my volunteer efforts in the BeTheMatch 5k walk/run in Tampa and I had a melt down over wedding planning. So, we decided to get married on Saturday, March 22nd; 6 weeks before our actual wedding day. It turned out amazing and it was one of the best days of my life! Oh yeah, and I chopped 7 inches off of my hair.
|Downtown Orlando with lady friends|
|My best friend and I on our wedding day <3|
My biffle Katie hosted my bridal shower, Brad and I did some skeet shooting in St. Pete and I was selected in the lottery for the CHICAGO MARATHON! I had decided that I wanted to run another marathon (Brad decided that he was not going to run another marathon) and I was SO FREAKING EXCITED that I was picked for the lottery. I think I jumped up and down for weeks with excitement that we were going to Chicago! That changed quickly in the summer training months.
May - 40 miles ran this month - wooomp, wooomp, wooooomp!
We finally had our wedding reception at Grandma's house; our decorations and setup turned out exactly how I envisioned it. Then, we went on our 2,000 mile honeymoon road-trip through Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina - 8 days of pure bliss! When we returned, we finished up our cabinet painting!
|Cake cutting at our reception|
June - 122 miles ran! This was the start of marathon training for Chicago and I was ready to get down to business. This may have been the most miles I ever ran in one calendar month (to date) & we were back at it with our running group! I also took a girls weekend trip with my sister-in-law and some girlfriends, super fun! And Brad put up our new pergola on our back porch!
|Florida Country Superfest in Jacksonville|
August - I ran 101 miles. I remember having some calf pain early on in the month and feeling like my marathon training was about to be derailed. I was supposed to be increasing mileage and I was actually decreasing and slowing down. Somewhere around mid-August I got back on the plan and was seeing a lot of improvement and pain-free running! Our family welcomed its newest cousin a few weeks early and I visited with my Uncle and his wife in South Florida.
|I fell in love with babies when I met Khalessi <3|
We vacationed to Utah where Brad ran in the X-terra Nationals Half Marathon and we celebrated his 33rd birthday. We spent a week between Park City (north of Salt Lake) and Moab (4 hours south). It was amazing trip with beautiful, natural scenery! Brad is now convinced that he wants to live there but I don't think I could handle the winter snow or living across the country from our parents.
October - Hello Chicago! I ran 78 miles this month (including my race and my lack of running post-race). As always, I was extremely nervous going into the race I felt like I could puke. Brad cheered and supported me through my 3 days of craziness.
We did some shopping, we stood on the observation deck at the John Hancock tower, ran to the famous bean and ate more food than I could remember. It was a jam packed 2 days prior to race day. On race day, I ran my heart out and hit my goal by finishing in 4:30:33. The race was everything I dreamed about and my heart was full.
|Post-marathon smile :)|
December - I ran 62 miles, started a book club with my sister and learned how to poach an egg (amongst other things I cooked in the kitchen). We ran Best Damn Race in Cape Coral where I PR'd! 2:01 baby! Our running club put on one-dang-good holiday party where I won the PR award, thats the biggest bling of the year! ;)
Best Wishes && Happy New Year!
I hope your 2014 was as spectacular as mine! I can't wait to see what 2015 will bring :)