Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 - Year In Review

Today I am linking up with my pal and fellow DisBroad Patty and her pals for Tuesdays on the Run.  I figured with the new year looming it would be a nice trip down memory lane to take a look at the races I ran this year and a few highlights from each!

This race was my "make-up" race from the cancelled St. Jude Half marathon from 2012.  The course was FLAAAAT as all get out and I set my then-PR of 2:19!  

My family joined me for a long weekend at the most magical place on Earth as I participated in all of the races for Princess Half Marathon weekend - the Royal Family 5K, Enchanted 10K, Princess Half Marathon, and Kids Races.  I gave recaps of that weekend here, here, here, here, here, and here.  By far one of my favorite runDisney weekends to date!

This race was in its second year and has quickly become a local favorite of mine.  It is put on by my alma mater, the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  Part of the proceeds benefit the Pat Summit Foundation and part benefit the Academy of Student Pharmacists Chapter at the school.  The route takes you right by the school and I think I just loved supporting my school doing something I loved.  AND I set a 4 mile PR at 39:00!

I had the incredible pleasure of serving as a Rock 'n' Blog ambassador for this race and I have to say - for being in the hilly city of Nashville, this race was rather enjoyable!  I definitely liked the course more than the Women's Running Half Marathon course and the crowd support was amazing.  I didn't go in to this race with any major goals and managed to finish in 2:30, which I was pleased with.  The highlight of my weekend in Nashville was attending the St. Jude Heroes Pasta party Friday night!

The Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and the Tower of Terror 10 Miler were my runDisney start to my family's week-long Disney vacation, and I can't think of a more awesome way to start a trip than that!  Check out my 5K recap here.  Sadly I totes missed doing a recap of the 10 miler - just know that it was an awesome run and I hate that they are not holding this race next year!

After a whirlwind Disney vacation I hit the road to St. Louis!  I went in not expecting much from this race since I had just been on vacation for a week but surprised myself with my current half marathon PR of 2:18!  

AKA - the race that didn't happen.  I talked all about it here but one thing I didn't really talk about was how I still went down to the race and cheered for all my friends running.  Race spectating is a FINE art, my friends - and I truly have an appreciation for all the folks that cheer for me each time I run because it's not easy!  Honestly though, I can't imagine NOT going down there to cheer; it was a truly awesome experience.  Especially manning the bull horn at mile 17 - that was AWESOME.

Well, there you have it!  A lighter year for me race-wise, ending on a dull note unfortunately due to my injury but that just gives me all the more reason to start 2015 off with a bang!  I look forward to hitting the pavement again VERY soon!

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