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Cheers to a Memorable Year

Before I recap my year, I have something I need to say. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing quotes everywhere like “Make 2015 Your Year” and “Get Healthy in 2015.” I was bothered by them and couldn’t figure out why until yesterday. I’m bothered because, in a small way, the quotes are saying “What You Did in 2014 Isn’t a Big Deal.” And you know what? My 2014 was a big deal. I worked a full-time job, blogged four times per week, trained for three major races, and managed to still have a life. I’m not pointing that out because I want praise from other people. I’m pointing that out because I’m proud of myself. I worked hard this year and know so many other people who did, too. I’d rather those quotes read “Build on Your Awesome in 2015” and “Grow Stronger in 2015.” A new year is an exciting time to set big goals and welcome change, but doing those things doesn’t mean I have to ignore hard-earned success. My hope is that every past year can be celebrated and that every new year can be anticipated. Here are a few highlights from 2014. Please share some of your proud accomplishments in the comments!

Cheers to a Memorable Year

JANUARY
I started training for my first half marathon in D.C. Nike also invited me to celebrate the launch of the Nike Training Club app with a week of incredible workouts and events.
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FEBRUARY
The polar vortex was in full force, and I actually considered moving. I’m really glad I stayed in New York. I traveled to Atlantic City with coworkers and attended Social Media Week.
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MARCH
I hit a few pre-half marathon milestones, including running my first 10-miler and exceeding my Team in Training fundraising goal. All of my focus was on preparing for 13.1.
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APRIL
On April 27, I ran my first half marathon in D.C. to support blood cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Having my parents there meant everything to me.
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MAY
I attended fitness events like SELF’s Workout in the Park and Lolë’s White Tour at The Museum of Modern Art. I also celebrated three years of living in New York.
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JUNE
I practiced yoga in Times Square for the Summer Solstice, watched the World Cup, drove a car in the city for the first time, and registered for my second half marathon in SF.
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JULY
My 26th birthday month! I also visited my parents for July 4th, saw Beyonce and Jay-Z in concert, attended my first Yankees game, and practiced yoga on the roof of the James Hotel.
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AUGUST
EvannClingan.com turned one. I started training for my second half marathon and ran up and down Park Avenue during Summer Streets. Mom visited to close out the summer.
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SEPTEMBER
Hands down, the busiest month of 2014. I attended New York (Fitness) Fashion Week, the Wanderlust Festival, and a other events. I also fit in a quick weekend trip back to D.C.
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OCTOBER
On October 19, I ran my second half marathon. The same week, I registered for the Walt Disney World Marathon in January. October ended with a Nike Women’s Week celebration.
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NOVEMBER
Most of my focus was on marathon training, which resulted in running my first 100-mile month ever. I also redesigned EvannClingan.com and spent Thanksgiving in South Carolina.
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DECEMBER
I did my best to balance working, blogging, and marathon training during the holidays. Mom visited me in New York again before it was back to South Carolina for Christmas.
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1 Comment

  • Reply Chris

    You should be proud of your 2014! Look at all you did! That’s awesome. I don’t think I’ve spent adequate time reflecting on the past because I’ve been trying to plan out the future… but I do need to stop and remember everything that happened in the last 365 days. Here’s to building on our awesome!!

    December 31, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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