With the end of 2014 approaching I thought would reflect on some of the changes this last year has brought to my life…
Running has become a passion
Technically I started running again at the end of 2013, but I really didn’t start getting serious about it until this year. I didn’t make a new years resolution to become a runner again, but it just sort of happened. During the first part of the year November Project definitely pushed me, and once moving back to NH I found inspiration to keep going through the online running community. There are a lot of really great people out there that I’ve never met in person, but have still inspired me to continue pushing myself further than ever before.
I ran my first 13.1 and 26.2
This year I ran my first half marathon as part of a two person relay during the Vermont City Marathon, and then my first full marathon at the Maine Marathon in Portland. At the time these two distances were the farthest I’d ever run before. The best part about that is that they were both PR’s! I’m glad that I accomplished both of these goals, even if the marathon basically broke my body (still recovering). I’m looking forward to new types of races, and distances next year.
I’ve learned all about running injuries
Although I’ve had some rough spots along the way, often times feeling as if I’m moving from one injury to the next, I have learned a lot more about the human body and how it responds to training. I’ve had to deal with ITBS, a stress fracture, and now some PFPS that I can’t seem to shake. Today I actually had an appointment with a sports medicine doc who put my mind at ease by reassuring me that I hadn’t permanently injured myself. He was able to prescribe a PT/Chiro that he thinks would be a good fit for me, and then I’m going to follow up with him again in 6-8 weeks. This is the first time I’ve ever been excited to start PT and I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on next season even if right now I’m going stir crazy. This year I’ve learned the importance of rest and recovery. Hopefully I can use this knowledge to help me start next year as a stronger smarter runner.
Completed my 1st Semester of Nursing School!!
I feel kinda dumb saying this since I have friends completing Medical and Dental Schools, but I never thought nursing school would be so hard. I’ve put more time and effort into studying and staying on top of my work this last semester than I ever did during undergrad. It hasn’t been easy but I can happily say that I gave it my all. I finished the semester with good grades even getting an -A in my hardest class Patho/Pharm. Bring on the next semester!
I started this blog
This was the first time I’ve ever consistently blogged, and the first time I’ve really spent reading other blogs. I’ve learned a lot about running, fitness, and diet this year and a lot this is due to my time spent writing and reading running blogs. I still feel self-conscious/nervous every time I push the “publish” button on wordpress, but it’s something I like doing and has kept me motivated/accountable more than anything else. It’s nice to get my thoughts out there, and sometimes just the act of writing things out whether I publish them or not has helped me focus my brain a bit. Putting so much time and energy into school has been the main reason I haven’t updated my blog as much but I’m hoping next semester when clinicals start I’ll have more time to stay up to date. No matter what 2015 throws at me I feel ready for new challenges!
[PS I plan to put out a post about my goals for 2015 soon so stay tuned]