2014 had its fair share of ups: a 10K personal record, traveling out of state to races………..and downs: a dog bite and the flu. The beginning of the year started out great. I was coming off of my half marathon personal record and having great training runs and race times. I broke my 10K personal record in April. During the summer I participated in Varsity Sport’s Hot 100 series and got to try new exciting work outs like boxing and TRX. My summer ended with a nasty dog bite on my right calf, right in the middle of half marathon training. The bite really set me back. I was still able to run the Gulf Coast Half Marathon and the Las Vegas half marathon in the Fall, but my times were not great. The flu bug got me around Thanksgiving and slowed me down yet again. Now at the end of the year I am upping my miles and preparing for an amazing 2015.
Here are my top 5 running moments from 2014:
5. The Race For The Fallen
This race was exciting because it was the first race for the newly formed Mandeville Police Runners. We traveled to Bay St. Louis, MS to participate in this event. The race raised money for the families of fallen police officers. The half marathon and 5K had special police categories and awards. I got 2nd overall for the 5K, and 1st police officer.
4. The Crescent City Classic
My friends and I run this race every year but 2014 was extra special. Instead of just the top 500 runners getting the coveted CCC poster, the top 500 males and 500 females would get the poster. I set my goal to win a poster. Not only did I get one (151st female) I also walked away with a personal record 48:24.
3. The NYPD 5K
I traveled to New York in May to visit my best friend who resides there. I decided to see if there was a race happening that weekend and sure enough there was! The race was held in honor of NYPD officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. I finished 2nd police officer overall. It was amazing to start and finish the race at the World Trade Center and meet the brave men and women of the NYPD.
2. Gulf Coast Half Marathon
I have done this race several times but this year was slightly challenging. I decided to run the race in full police uniform to raise money for the Special Olympics. It was tough and I questioned my sanity several times throughout the race but I finished in 2:11:58. It was my worst half marathon time but I did have 25 pounds of gear on. All the pain and sweat were worth it because we did raise money for the Special Olympics athletes and the community support was phenomenal.
1. Las Vegas Half Marathon
It was cold, windy, and crowded but this race was truly the experience of a lifetime. I placed this race on my bucket list earlier this year. An opportunity arose to take this trip and I jumped on it. The husband and I made a long weekend trip out of it and got to see the sights of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. It was truly magical to run on the Las Vegas Strip at night.