I’ve seen a bunch of running-related year in review posts on other blogs but I’d like to make this an “everything” year in review instead. So I’m going to recap my favorite things about 2013 in general, then take a look at goals and plans for 2014 for both life and running.
In 2013, I completed three chapters of my PhD dissertation and the end of the year marks roughly halfway through this whole PhD process. Getting so much done this year is definitely my biggest accomplishment of 2013 and I hope everything continues to go well so that I can get that degree in hand sooner rather than later!
We also had Joe’s parents come out to visit for about 5 weeks this summer and my parents were here over Christmas so we got to show both families around and spend time with them which was great, especially now that we live so far away from everyone.
In November, I traveled to Ireland to visit a friend from my master’s program and had an awesome weekend in Dublin with one of my favorite people 🙂 Claire is awesome and you would all love her. And she totally indulged me walking around for 40 minutes all over these little alleys because I had heard there were burritos. There were in fact burritos, and they were delicious.
We also traveled to Greece so I got to see the Acropolis (which I’ve always wanted to see but particularly after a Greek architecture elective I took in college) and play on the beach in Mykonos
On the same trip, we visited Croatia over Joe’s 30th birthday and now I can say Croatia is definitely one of my favorite places I’ve been. Plus, we were lucky enough to travel with our good friends who we hadn’t seen in 9 months so it was definitely an incredible trip.
And we managed a tiny trip to Venice but it’s a city I’ve loved since the first time Joe and I went there back in 2006. It was fantastic to be back and of course, I had pizza, and it was AMAZING.
Those are my highlights 🙂 Progress on my PhD, lots of time with friends and family, and four new countries! (Ireland, Croatia, Greece, and Switzerland…I had already been to Italy)
I had no PRs in 2013 because this year marked my comeback to the sport after much time off, mostly due to injury. So 2014 is ripe for many PRs (hopefully!) and I intend to go get them. My goals for 2014 are:
-Consistent running aka NO MORE INJURIES! That means being safe with mileage increases, stretching, and strength training and I really need to work on those last two. I’d like to aim for 300 days of running this year but I hope it will be much more, just a safe estimate if I can remain healthy.
-Half-marathon under 1:30!
-A good showing on the track in what will be my first outdoor track season
-See more of the world! I really like to travel and have so many places I’d like to see. I’d like to see at least one new place in 2014.
-Finish my dissertation 🙂 This would be huge and my goal is to finish in December 2014.
-Get better at photography. I really like to take photos, especially when I travel but I have never taken the time to learn much about it and I’m not very good. I’d like to get a little better this year so I can do some of these amazing experiences justice– I really loved the view of the sun/castle in that photo above in Dubrovnik and it’s my favorite picture I’ve taken but I know in the hands of someone experienced it would be a million times better. I’m hoping to get only maybe 10x better 😉
And for those of you, like me, who didn’t have PRs this year thanks to injury, life taking over, or any reason at all, I leave you this from professional runner and general awesome lady, Shalaya Kipp:
What were some of your 2013 highlights?
Biggest running-related goal for 2014?