2014 – A Year of Firsts

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. After my two week break in October, I hit the ground running with some great workouts focusing on technique and building my base. I ran the Turkey Burnoff 5-miler over Thanksgiving weekend,  which has become an annual tradition to celebrate my best friend Sara’s birthday. Going into the race, I thought for some reason I had lost all of my speed because I hadn’t used it since mid-October. I was pleasantly surprised, and ran my way into 3rd place! My fiance Marc ran his first race since high school!

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Winter break hit, and I was able to get in some more training hours since I wasn’t working. I decided to be ambitious and run a 5k on New Years Day! My training still didn’t include speed workouts, but I thought it would be a nice and refreshing way to kick off 2014. When racing 5k’s I always go out too fast. I followed my coaches advice and had one of my smarter races. I did not get a PR, but it was the perfect way to ring in the new year, and set the tone for 2014. It was a hilly course, and I ended up being only 9 seconds off my PR from last fall.

I’m naturally a very motivated person who loves the thrill of a good workout.  Between teaching, tutoring, and training my lifestyle is pretty hectic. I wake up most mornings around 4:15-4:30 to get my training in before work, but I absolutely love it! While most think I am crazy, there is nothing better than completing a kick ass workout and showing up to work with tons of energy. I might scare some of my students with my enthusiasm while they are barely awake, but its all good! 🙂

This year will be one of firsts.  I joined Ignite Endurance, and I am so pumped to be a part of this awesome team! Everyone that I’ve met has been really friendly and welcoming!  I will be racing my first half marathon in March. Over spring break I will be traveling to Puerto Rico to race my first 70.3, and a month later I’ll be racing the Kinetic Half.  Over Memorial Day weekend I am getting married to the love of my life in Mexico!!!  I anticipate 2014 being epic!

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