2014 Year End Review

What a great year it’s been!  There were many great races (and a few PR’s!), but I think for Jason and I, 2014 will be remembered as the year we decided to make a major change in our lives, leave our jobs in New York and move to Cape Cod!

Here are some of my highlights from 2014!

In January I completed the Inaugural Dopey Challenge

Dopey Medal Photo

…and in February Jason and I went on our first Disney Cruise where I ran the Castaway Cay 5k!

Castaway Cay 5k Medal with Jason

March brought a new half marathon PR of 1:54:42!

New York 13.1 MedalIn April I spent a great weekend in Washington DC with Daniel and Patrick to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and and do some sightseeing

DC by Bike

…and in May I took a bit of a running break and spent more time on my yoga mat.

Thoughts From My Yoga Mat

In June I tackled my first triathlon – it went, ummm….ok.

Pre-Tri

July was a great month!

Jason and I came up to Cape Cod (just for our few weeks of vacation at the time!) and began running with the local Marathon Sports Run Club where we met some of our great new Cape Cod friends!

Marathon Sports Run ClubWe also spent a lot of time paddle boarding and on the beach (where we came up with Jason & Danielle’s Guide to Beach Etiquette)!

Cape Cod AlohaClearly we had a great few weeks on Cape Cod in July, because in August we decided to pack up life in New York and move up to the Cape full time!

Cape Cod - Home

In September Jason and I took a trip to California for the Disneyland Half Marathon, we ran the 10k together and I ran the half marathon with my friends Daniel & Tana (and I had my first mid-race face plant!).

IMG_1253Through October I struggled with my training for the New York City Marathon and stressed about a lot of the logistics of the race…

NYCM Ad

…but come race day in November everything went smoothly and I even managed a marathon PR!  (Followed by a trip to the medical tent!)

Danielle on 1st

But November wasn’t quite over…the weekend after NYCM I was off to Florida for my 4th Wine & Dine Half Marathon!

Post Race Medal

And finally in December Jason and I got in our last few long training runs for runDisney Marathon Weekend and enjoyed some of the fun activities in our new town, like the Jingle Jog!

Danielle & Jason Jingle Jog

To finish up 2014, tonight we’ll be celebrating Madison’s anniversary – 8 years ago on New Year’s Even Madison came to live with us!  (You can read Madison’s full arrival story HERE in a post I wrote last New Year’s Eve!)

Beach in November

 

Other Fun Stats from 2014:

Races Run – 15 road races & 2 sprint triathlons

(2 marathons, 5 half marathons, 1 ten miler, 1 seven miler, 3 10k’s, 3 5k’s)

The Year of PR’s – full, half, 10k & 5k PR’s!

Favorite RaceWalt Disney World Marathon

Full Darkwing Duck

Most Popular Blog Post26 Things I Learned During Marathon Training (again!)

Fun Surprise – my picture in Runner’s World!
Runners World Picture

Total Blog Views – Over 70,000!  THANK YOU!

I love having my blog to look back on & see all I’ve done in a year!

Here’s to 2015 – Happy New Year!

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11 thoughts on “2014 Year End Review

  1. Wow, you had a fabulous year getting PR’s in 4 race distances. The photo with Madison is adorable. Our pets seem to age so quickly though….I can’t believe Lulu turns 5 this year. It seems like yesterday that she was a tiny puppy getting up to so much mischief!

    • Haha, well honestly, the 5k & 10k PR’s don’t really count because I’ve never really “raced” a 5 or 10k – I’ve only done the Disney ones! This year I’d love to really race one and see how I do!

  2. Hi Dani, I loved reading your year in review! When we all look back it has been a good year! Amazing how time flies….can it really be 8 years ago that Madison arrived? What a great joy she has been (disregarding her first few months as she got used to us)!! Happy New Year and good luck in all your new ventures. I am so proud and happy you were able to make the changes in your life and go for what would make you happy. Love ya tons , Mom

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