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Welcoming 2014

Posted by Chrissy Horan  January 3, 2014 04:13 AM

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Dear 2014,

Welcome! I’m excited to meet you! Your predecessor 2013 was a quite handful and while she had some wonderful moments, I’m so glad you are here.

I’m sure you have heard about last year’s Boston Marathon. Obviously, it was an ending to the race that no one could have predicted. It certainly was not something I ever expected to be a part of first hand. Nor did I expect prior to that day that my marathon recovery, more emotional than physical this time around, would take way longer than previous years.

But 2013 did bring together the running community like I have never seen before. Whether it was the moment of silence at the London Marathon or the tributes at many other races thereafter, or the runs organized along the marathon route to offer support and healing to the running community and raise funds for those most seriously affected by the bombings. While I think you have a head start, 2014, I think the spirit around running in Boston throughout the year will be phenomenal, especially for the marathon on April 21st.

Just like last year, I am again training for the Boston Marathon with the Run to End Alzheimer’s team. You have brought back many of last year’s teammates and a bunch of wonderful new folks to the team, so we are already off to a good start with our largest team ever! 2013 helped me fundraise just under $9000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. It would be pretty great if 2014 will be the year I hit my new fundraising PR. (Help me exceed my goal by making a donation here.)

And while you’re not off to the best start, do you think you could improve upon the winter training weather 2013 gave us?

Chrissy and Dale snowy run

Only 2 days in, and I’ve already had my first treadmill run of the year. Let’s not make this a regular occurrence, ok?

I’m pretty sure the 2014 Boston Marathon will be an incredibly memorable event for the entire running world. I hope you are also filled with some personally memorable moments, like maybe that marathon PR that has been eluding me. I promise 2014 will be my favorite year if that happens! I’d also like to run some new races, and maybe travel to some new cities to do so. I swear I will stick to my strength training program if it means staying injury-free through 2014 to accomplish all this.

Several friends (and I’m sure many others) ran their firsts 5Ks, 5 milers, half marathons and marathons in 2013. I hope you continue to keep these new running friends inspired and recruit a few more to join the club.

2013 also brought the running community a new marathon record in Berlin. Maybe in 2014, it’s the ladies’ turn to break some world records?

Color runs, electric runs, mud runs and zombie runs all seemed to explode in 2013. While I can’t say I’m signing up for these races yet, I’m all for getting folks off the couch. And maybe 2014 will also be the year we change the direction of the obesity trend in adults (18 states, including Massachusetts have already showed some slight decreases in obesity rates among children).

2014, I have to say I hardly know you, but I like the possibility of what you might bring. Looking forward to a memorable year!

Yours truly,

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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