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My top five running moments of 2013 (and an announcement!)

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In terms of life, 2013 brought lots of ups and downs (including ones I haven’t been brave enough to share here yet, but probably will one day) and to be honest, I’m SO READY for 2014. Running was kind of the same story also. 2013 brought PRs in almost every distance (it didn’t hurt that I ran 19 races over the course of the year) but it was also the year that I dealt with more injuries than ever before. So here’s my top five running moments of 2013:

1. The Marathon

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2. Chicago!

The Big Ten 10K was a lot of fun (got to show off my U of M gopher pride!) and it was a 10K PR for me, but the entire trip was also a blast — Andrea and I ate our way through Chicago and I got to finally meet Hillary in person!

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3. Witnessing my husband BQ!

No words can express what it felt like to see my husband achieve something he had worked so hard for — he didn’t just qualify for Boston, but absolutely crushed that qualifying time.

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4. Making the Oiselle Volee team

This was definitely the highlight of my year and if this list was in any particular order (and if I weren’t too lazy to go back and rearrange it) this would be #1.

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5. Hiring a coach

Yup — this is my big news! I officially have a running coach! I’m THRILLED to be working with Coach Kevin Granato and join the Granato Racing Team. I love everything about the GR training philosophy (in three words: purpose. quality. PRs.) and the results his racers achieve are incredibly impressive.

So what’s in store for 2014? I’ll definitely be focusing on quality, not quantity (in terms of racing) this year. With Coach’s help, I hope to set some new PRs; but more importantly, take my running and racing to the next level. And of course, I can’t wait to cheer on my husband at Boston!

What did your 2013 look like?

What does 2014 look like for you, fitness-wise?

(I wrote a similar post, linking up with Miss Zippy over at We Run This Blog if you wanna check it out.)

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8 thoughts on “My top five running moments of 2013 (and an announcement!)

  1. Fantastic year, friend! Nineteen races is incredible! And, so awesome you hired a running coach! I cannot wait to see your progress and watch you smash your PRs! BQ in your future 🙂

  2. You have a coach?!? I am very jealous! Some day I will invest in one, but I want to get in a little better safe first. I can’t believe you did 19 races, I did 13 this year and my wallet couldn’t handle any more! I’m not planning on racing quite as much in 2014. Mainly because I want to train for certain races a little harder. I’m signed up for the TC Loony Challenge, the 5k, 10k, and 10 miler. They have so many challenge options this year, have you checked them out!?

    • I agree! Races are so expensive. Two of the races I ran were virtual races and a few I was fortunate enough to have comped entries; otherwise, I don’t think I could have done it! It sounds like we’ll be taking similar approaches to racing next year 🙂 Yes — I’m considering one of the challenges, but haven’t made up my mind yet!

  3. Great year! Making Oiselle team was one of my highlights, too!

    I was also at the B1G Ten 10k! So much fun – maybe if I do it again this year, we can do an Oiselle team meet up!

  4. I’ve got plans for a post similar to this too! I think it’s such a good idea for you to concentrate on quality over quantity, it’s too bad it took numerous injuries to come to that conclusion. Good luck running smart in 2014 and with your new coach!

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