Here we are two weeks into 2014 and I'm finally sitting down to take a look back at 2013. Fun, fun.
2013 was quite a year for me! Let's start with a brief look at my stats:
Total mileage: 903
Number of races: 7
There was some good and some bad in 2013. On the bad side, I suffered probably my worst running injury to date. I tore two muscles in my hip and couldn't run for two months. As a result, I had to bag my fall marathon plans and was worried I wouldn't race at all in the fall. But, I was fairly good about my recovery efforts and I came back strong with a 5K PR in September and a half marathon PR in October.
Overall, the whole injury thing taught me a little more about patience and a good bit about listening to my body and importance of cross-training. Which, I am happy to report, I have embraced. 2013 was definitely the year of cross-training and I believe I am stronger because of it. Thanks, injury!
2013 was also the year of my new way of eating. My doctor prescribed a no grain, no sugar diet for me in January. At the same time, I had to go off of dairy -- not by his prescription, but because he put me on two different antibiotics, three times a day and dairy interferes with the absorption. So, no dairy for me.
I stuck with the diet and the antibiotics for three months and then slowly started to let the dietary changes go. Bad idea. The diet was tough, but it had a positive effect on my Lyme symptoms so going off of it was just silly. After a few weeks, I met with the doctor again and he told me I needed to stick with the new way of eating for at least a year, to let my body fully heal.
So, I went for it and eventually adopted a mostly Paleo way of eating, which I'm continuing with for the foreseeable future.
And now, a quick look at the year in pictures:
|With my boys and my new niece in February.|
|With Bridget before the Running of the Green 4 miler in March.|
|Strong Running Mamas at the More/Fitness half marathon in NYC in April.|
|Putting a positive spin on my injury and spectating the Freihofer's Run for Women with Elisa in May.|
|Back to running! With Bridget and Elisa after the Clove Run 10 miler in August.|
|The Youth Make a Difference 5K and kids run -- my new 5K PR -- in September.|
|Smiling my way to a new half marathon PR in October.|
Thanks for stopping by. Cheers to 2014!