As 2014 draws to an end, I’ve put together my running/racing year in pictures…

My goal this year was to run a race each month, but by the time I set my goals, the local January races that I was interested in running were already filled to capacity.  January ended up being the only month that I didn’t race, but it was a milestone month, none the less.

In January, I was invited by my Cruisers friend Amanda to run with our local MRTT (Moms RUN This Town) chapter for the first time.  An hour into our run, we swung back by the parking lot and picked up the Cruisers for part-two of our run.

CruisersMRTTJanuaryJointRun

In February I joined my Cruiser buddy and long time partner-in-crime, Beth, to run the Run Your Heart Out 5K at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA…  RunHeart5KBethDebStartx

Bill, Beth, and I returned to Reston and South Lakes High School in March to run in the Reston 10 Miler, a race I hadn’t run in since 2001…

RestonTenMilerBethDebRunning

April found Bill and me running in two races.  First up was our very first trail race, EX2Adventures Spring Backyard Burn Ten Mile Trail Run in Fountainhead Park in Fairfax, VA.

EX2AdvenDebDownhill

And second was the first annual Loudoun Half Marathon; where we ran with our Cruiser friend Jerome…

LoudounHalfDebTrail
In May I returned to run the TKO Melanoma 5K, a race close to my heart. It also marked the first of many races that I ran with my new MRTT friends…

TKOMelanoma5KMRTTWinners

I served as a race ambassador for the first time in June at the Fit Foodie 5K in Fairfax.  It was a weekend long runner and foodie’s dream come true.

FitFoodieMRTTMeetUp

Bill and I started July Forth off with a bang by running in the Firecracker 5K at Reston Town Center with our MRTT friends and their families (not pictured)…

Firecracker5KMRTTFriends

August found us running through the beautiful countryside of Loudoun County, Virginia in the Leesburg 20K.  The post-race activities seemed like a runners’ reunion to me because I saw so many runner friends!

Leesburg20KDebbieFinishLine

September took Bill and me slightly out of our comfort zone, and into a van with five other runners and a driver for the weekend for our first Ragnar Relay. I finished the weekend asking when I could do it again!

RagnarTeamFinishPhoto

In October, and on a very rainy day, Bill and I met our friends Meagan and Barry for the Hokie Half Marathon in Blacksburg, VA…

HokieHalfGroupPostRace

November found me running my first race dressed as a pilgrim in the Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K.  I ran a great race, so perhaps there will be more costumed races in my future!

AshburnFarm5K10KMRTT

December found my MRTT friends and I back at Reston Town Center for the Run With Santa 5K, and just an amazingly fun day of racing!

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  • Questions:
  • How many races did you run in 2014?
  • Have you planned your 2015 racing schedule?
  • Have you finalized your fitness goals for 2015?

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb