A Quick Glance Back And Forward Momentum

I suppose that if I am going to do this, I should do it before January gets away from me. Kind of like all of 2013 did. I didn’t mean to not blog at all last year, but it never seemed like the right time. By the time I thought I should begin blogging again (I am being charged to own this domain name after all, regardless of usage), it was already 2014.

Penny the Kitty came to live with us in the spring of 2013.
Penny the Kitty came to live with us in the spring of 2013.

I’m glad that 2013 is over. The first part of the year was not one of my better times at being a good human in the ways I would like, and while I got it together by the end of the year, I’m happy to close the door on last year. This isn’t to imply that 2013 was bad. Frankly, it was amazingly awesome despite my occasional tendency to sabotage myself. Palmer and I bought a house in downtown Greenville in December, and that was the icing on top of a pretty cool life-cake we’ve made (sometimes my analogies are a bit of a stretch, I know). Point is, personal life things are still crazy, but like a kind of controlled stream of crazy instead of the chaotic fireworks version of crazy that isn’t very healthy for me. A lot of this new-found ability to be a semi-functional adult is thanks to finally going to see a counselor. I opted for one at Clemson, largely because it is free since I’m still a student, and also because if I didn’t get my brain together then I’d have a hard time finishing my Master’s by May (of 2014. I’m still in school.) and that would suck. My counselor is pretty nice, and it’s just helpful to have a kind of neutral space to ruminate over stuff. Anyway, Clemson and thesis and teaching things happened a lot in 2013 and I really fell in love with teaching. I’m just in charge of two sections of first year composition, but there is something about (mostly) 18-19 year olds that I find so much fun to work with. They are also all a huge pain in the butt, but in a rewarding kind of way.

I wrote a lot of words last year, even if none of them ended up on this blog.
I wrote a lot of words last year, even if none of them ended up on this blog. I may have also drank a bit of wine. Just a bit.

Enough about that stuff. This site had always been Hilary Runs, and that’s what I’ve always intended on writing about. I ran some in 2013. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the worse time for my running correlated directly with my not-so-great first half of the year. I didn’t really even keep a log until June, so I have no clue how much mileage I got in, though I can be sure it wasn’t much. The few races I entered are proof of that. I began 2013 with a DNF at Harbison 50k. Then I had  DNS at another ultra. Then I kind of screwed around and ran real, real slow for a few races in the spring. Real slow. Like, one time in March I ran a 5k in 25:19. That’s 8:08 per mile. Okay, I understand that “fast” is a relative term, but just to put it in perspective, once I got my shit together and did a decent little ~12week training block, I ran Spinx Marathon in 3:20:31. That’s 7:39 per mile. For 26.2 miles. That’s a lot more miles than a 5k (23.1 to be exact) and at a much faster pace.

Finishing the Spinx Marathon in October. It was *cold* that morning!
Finishing the Spinx Marathon in October. It was *cold* that morning!

Anyway, I clearly ended up getting much more fit during the second half of 2013 and that’s the most important part. I even dabbled back into the ultra world after my DNF and DNS at the beginning of the year. In December I signed up for the One Epic Run with the plan to just complete a 50k. There were some impressive runners out there and they logged some awesome mileage, but I was quite pleased with my one and only ultra distance run of the year. While I still have plans to get faster at the marathon, I must admit that the ultra bug bit me again at Epic. This balance of running goals and desires will definitely impact the way I approach my 2014 running and racing.

I came in to 2014 with a good bit of momentum from the end of last year. I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m excited for the upcoming races, all of the miles and struggle, and the non-running awesomeness that this year will surely bring.

“2013 was my character development year which means 2014 is strictly action and story progression and i dont know about you but i’m excited” –tapdancers

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4 thoughts on “A Quick Glance Back And Forward Momentum

  1. Hilary! It’s good to see you back blogging. I miss you on twitter. See you’ve had an unsettled year… hope 2014 is an improvement. Things have been very strange at my end, too… hoping for some clarity in 2014. Keep on keepin’ on! X

    • Oh thank you! I’ve missed you as well, but the road to a healthier mental state meant being more selective about my social media (and real-life socializing, at that). I am happy to be back writing, and on catching up with you through your blog! Hugs, and good thoughts for 2014 🙂

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