Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review

I love reading everyone's years in review, and I've been so excited to share my 2013 recap. This year has been epic in the true definition of the word.

In January I started the year off with the Disney Marathon. I hated it and immediately knew I wanted redemption on the distance, but I still did it and officially became a marathoner!
 
In February I ran the Best Damn Race 10k with friends as a 10k PR attempt. I was successful!
 
Also in February I ran the Princess Half dressed up with friends to take character pictures. I learned a lot of lessons about Disney character pictures during races, but I had a blast with my girlfriends!
 
I trained hard through February and March for a Half Marathon PR, and though I earned a PR in March at the Florida Beach Half, it wasn't a great race and I knew I head better in me.
 
In March, I bought a bike without any knowledge of what that would lead to!
 
And I went on my first ride. I went alone on the road without clipless pedals, I rode 22 miles, and I pretty much felt like I owned the world for that day. I was so proud of myself!
 
I then found out I had a stress fracture, which would derail my plans of running the Chicago Marathon or running at all for a few months. My butt spent a lot of those months sitting on the bike seat, and by the time I was able to run again I had already gotten up to 40 miles rides. I started pondering a Half Ironman (even though I hadn't done a triathlon at all yet...).

I went to see my sister Kacey graduate from law school in May.
 
And in June Tim and I spent a long weekend in the Keys with good friends. 
 
And then we celebrated our one year anniversary in Atlanta!
 
And I may have forced our trip a day short so I could come back to race my first sprint triathlon at Top Gun! It was a hard day.
 
In August I then raced an International Distance Triathlon at FD3 and got 2nd in my age group! I won't tell you how many were in my age group...
 
I did two organized charity group rides and conquered (for the time being) my fear or riding on roads and with groups. I'm going to need to shake that out again after a couple of months off the bike, but looking at these pictures reminds me of that success. 
 
And then all the hard training I put in paid off as I completed my first 70.3 distance triathlon at Rev3 Florida! It was an amazing day in every way possible, and my 5:54:25 was minutes faster than I had  thought possible.
 
And soon after I found out that I had made the first round of cuts to join Team Rev3! In December I found out that I made the team, and I'm already thrilled for what's in store in 2014 with the team.
 
And to put the cherry on my already amazing year, I ran a nearly 16 minute PR on December 29th at the Jacksonville Bank Marathon! It was a crazy race, but I felt like I really wrapped my head around the distance more successfully. 
 
Aside from the races, trips, and events in 2013, I felt like this year I realized I am truly happy

I have an amazingly supportive husband and am in a marriage that is constantly growing and evolving. We've learned a lot over the course of the year, and I feel like we continue to get better at this marriage thing. 

I have made new friends this year and developed strong friendships with them and friends I've had for more than this year alone. I can't explain how much this has made Tampa feel like a home to me, since I came here five and a half years ago without knowing anyone.

I've realized, finally, that being an adult doesn't mean giving up on having personal goals and striving for success. For a long time I thought that it all stopped when we finished school, so I went back to school and got my Masters degree. Now I've learned it's just about continuing to dream big.

And with that, I'll wish you a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is a year of big dreams, good friends, and happiness for you.

13 comments:

Amy @ A Balancing Act said...

Sounds like a wonderful year for you! Congrats on all of your new accomplishments! I'm so glad that in 2013 we were able to meet in real life and become better "blog friends!"

Amy said...

I just started reading your blog a few months ago, and really enjoyed this recap. You are such a fun athlete to follow, and I can't wait to follow your training in 2014. Happy New Year!

Amanda Elizabeth said...

Reading your recap makes me want to get back into running :-) Congratulations on all your accomplishments this year!

Katrina Elle said...

You've had an amazing year that'll only have you kicking BUTT in 2014 for sure! You're grown so much into an ATHLETE for sure!

Karen said...

I love how you embraced all the unexpected events this year and turned them into something positive.

Nichole said...

Looks like an awesome year for you, Meghan. Cheers to 2014!

Michele said...

What an awesome year of firsts for you. Congrats on making Rev3's team! I believe their events are second to none!

Jamie said...

You really had a great year!! And crazy to think that you had no idea you would even get into triathlons at the beginning of it!

Kristin @ www.amomontherun.com said...

What an amazing year!! I can't wait to read all about 2014!

kilax said...

What an amazing year! It turned out spectacular... and probably not at all how you thought it would go in January! I love that :)

I just read your Princess HM report - how interesting about the photo lines and the later corrals catching up with you! I have been curious how long it takes to get those pics at the Disney races!

Kristen Smith said...

What a year for you!!! I hope 2014 has lots more in store!

Kacey said...

great post!

Rachel said...

So many accomplishments in 2013!! Way to go! 2014 is going to be an amazing year... and it HAS to be when we finally meet in person!