The year 2014 has come to an end. I ran a lot of miles. I just finished my last run for the year with an 8.6 mile run in the snow. According to the Nike Plus website I ran over 1,400 miles this last year (read to see the exact number). However, this number does not reflect how active I have been in 2014. If you read my blog in the past you probably know that I also spend a lot of time working out at Kosama here in Highlands Ranch. Kosama is a full-body, bootcamp style workout and it really compliments my running as it turns out to be a great cross-training. On days when I am not running I am usually at Kosama instead, but there were quite a few days where I did both things. On those days I started the morning with a Kosama workout at 5.00 AM and then went for a run after work at around 4.00 PM. Nike Plus registered about 185 runs for the year which equals 1409.5 miles. I do not have an exact count for my Kosama workouts, but would assume that there were at least another 100-120 days of physical exercise.
I ran three marathons in 2014 (click here for my race reports) and I did so within 2 weeks starting in the middle of May (Colfax Marathon – May 18th + Vail Marathon – May 25th) and completing this challenge on June 1st in Steamboat Springs. For the first time I was able to run a marathon in under four hours (Colfax Marathon in Denver). I also ran a marathon high up in the Rocky Mountains (Vail Marathon | 8,500+ ft. altitude). The Vail Marathon was also the smallest one of all my races I have done. Just 19 people had registered for this race and I think 17 people actually ran it. However, it was a family-style atmosphere for this marathon and the organizers put a lot of effort in to make this race special (mission accomplished).
I ran only two half marathons in 2014 and a couple of 5Ks, but I enjoyed every race no matter how hard or easy it was. In September I ran my first trail race (half marathon) and it was quite hard for me. I was not fully trained and kind of ran it on last notice, but that is not an excuse. There were quite some hills involved and I simply did not expect that. Well, lesson learned.
I had a ton of fun going for runs in 2014 and I wish I would have had more time in my busy life for even more running, but it is what it is. Some runs sucked while being out there, but in the aftermath every run was good. Pushing through when it feels tough is especially satisfying for me.
Stats for 2014
- Miles run: 1,409.50
- Hours run: 210 hrs. 45 mts. 48 secds.
- Calories burned (estimate): 166,423
- Pairs of shoes used: 6
- Blisters: 4
- Runner’s toe: 3
- Best ranking: #7 in Vail Marathon
- Marathon PR: 3:57:08
Earlier in 2014 I played with the idea of doing an ultra-marathon (50K or 50 miler), but that idea got shelved for the moment. I might pick it up again in 2015, but for now my immediate goal is to use marathon races to complete another challenge: I want to visit all 50 US states before I turn 50 (2017). I already have visited 45 of the 50 states. In 2015 I want to add two more states by running a marathon there. I will run the Little Rock Marathon on March 1st and then I am planning on running the Fargo Marathon in North Dakota about 8 weeks later. I am also toying with the idea of running a marathon in Germany (where I am from originally). My parents kind of planted that idea in my head and so I am keeping my plans open for a late October Marathon in Frankfurt, Germany.
I do not have any other plans for races at the moment, but will adjust as the new year progresses. I definitely want to run one or two half marathons in 2015, but have not decided when and where.
So, there will be plenty of running related stuff to write about in 2015. I am totally excited for the new year. It will be good; Life will be good 🙂
Happy New Year