Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesdays on the Run: 2014 in Pictures

As 2014 comes to a close, I'll be doing a few posts that will wrap up the year.  One of the big things for me in 2014 was running.  I set a goal to run 14 races in 2014, so running certainly took up a lot of my time!  When I saw that this week's Tuesdays on the Run link-up was 2014 in Pictures, I thought that'd be a great way to recap all my running this year.
Tuesdays on the Run
Big thanks to Erika from MCM Mama Runs, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere for the theme and the link-up!  Head over to their blogs to see their 2014 in pictures, as well as the years of other running bloggers around the web!

My running in January focused on training to run two half marathons two weeks in a row.  I did so by doing back-to-back runs on the weekends, one being a "medium" distance and one being a long run.  I also discovered that watching movies or TV shows while running on the treadmill makes the time go by so much faster!
The big accomplishment was successfully running the Daytona Beach Half Marathon and the runDisney Princess Half Marathon in back-to-back weeks!
I'd never done that before and was able to do so with minimal issues!  I was really proud of myself!

I really didn't do too much running in March, but Joe and I did enjoy running together on Sunday afternoons on the beach.
The weather was perfect, it was a great way to spend time together, and running with Joe always helps me to push myself to run faster.  Hopefully we'll be able to do this again some when the weather's nice!

April brought about an unexpected half marathon PR in the Lake Minneola Half Marathon!

My running in May focused on breaking in our new running buddy!  After getting Tequila in late March, we had to train her to run with us.  She wasn't very good to run with at first (particularly in the summer time, poor thing!), but now she's able to go about 3 miles when the weather is more mild.

This was about the time when I started hitting a running and workout rut.  However, getting my Fitbit in June definitely helped to motivate me to stick with my running!  Hitting that step goal was so much easier when I'd go for a run, so I wound up running more frequently toward the end of the month.

I set out to PR at the 10K distance in July, but I wasn't successful.  I still had a great time running the Suck It Up Buttercup 10K!
I was still in a rut, though, and didn't run very frequently.  Now I know it was because I was pregnant during July and seriously lacked the energy to keep going!

I went on my first race-cation to run the ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon!
Little did I know that this was Baby Fish's first half marathon.  No wonder it was a struggle!

I found out I was pregnant late in August, which gave me an excuse to go light on my running into September.  Mid-month, though, I decided to get back to it.  I knew that it would be healthy for me and the baby to exercise and made a point to do so at least once a week.  My first run back at it wasn't very good, but any run is better than no run!
I started getting more energy once I entered the second trimester and was able to run the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon at the end of the month.
This was the month of races!  I ran one just about every weekend of the month, which was a lot of fun. I did adjust my pace due to the pregnancy, but I feel really accomplished getting in all of these races during the month.

I started to see just how much the pregnancy was affecting my running this month during the Ed Root Memorial 10K.
After that race, December has been about focusing on listening to my body and doing what I can do.  That's meant a lot more walking, but I need to do what I need to do to keep myself and Baby Fish healthy!

2014 was a busy year for me as far as running goes, but overall, it was a great one!  I met some goals, set a PR, and had a great time doing it!

Question for you: What did 2014 look like for you on the running front?


  1. Congratulations on all your races. Back to back half marathons...Great job! -L

    1. Thanks! It was my first time doing that, and I'm so glad it worked out!

  2. Congratulations on a great year and on your pregnancy! So exciting and best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery!!

    1. Thank you! I'm praying for that as well :)

  3. Way to keep running during your pregnancy! Hope the rest of the pregancy and the delivery go smoothly and uneventfully. What a great year it was for you!

    1. Thanks! I'm so thankful that I can still run :)