2014 Year in review

Wow, what a year, what a year! Nothing could ever compete with 2012 and the magic of becoming one’s childhood dream topped with becoming engaged to my high school sweetheart, but in it’s own very special defining way 2014 was literally one for the record books.

Major 2014 highlights:

  • Feb 15th -US National 1 mile RW Champion, less than 1 second off national record
  • Feb 23rd -Earned 5th Consecutive US Indoor National Title
  • March 23rd- SURPRISE! Bridal Shower
  • March  30th broke US National 20k RW Record 1:31:11
    • Qualified for IAAF RW World Cup
    • Sister Katie PR’d and qualified for IAAF RW Jr World Cup
  • April  22nd– Given green light by thesis committee to graduate!
  • April 26th- Penn Relays Champion
  • May 1st-5th IAAF Race Walk World Cup, Team USA with my sister Katie!
    • May 3rd highest world cup finish by American ever, broke own US National 20k Record and set 15k American record en route, 1:30:49, and 1:07:51 respectively.
  • May  31st– Broke US National 5k RW Record 21:57, national champion
  • June  28th Earned 5th Consecutive US Outdoor National Title
  • July  3rd– WEDDING! Married High School Sweetheart Joe Coffey
  • July 7th-17th HONEYMOON! First vacation not for track or science!
  • July 23rd– Thesis defense scheduled…this just got real
  • Aug 10th– National 1HR RW Champion
  • Sept 12th– Thesis printed, bound, and submitted to committee members!
  • Sept 14th– National 30k RW Champion, set 25k AR en route
  • Sept 26th– Dr. Maria Michta ~Successfully defended my thesis!
  • Nov 25th– Bye-Bye Evans Lab, taking gloves off for a sabbatical to focus training as elite athlete
  • Dec 2-5th  USATF Annual Convention, finally attending because I’ve finished graduate school
  • Dec 10th– Thesis successfully deposited electronically
  • Dec 29th– Hello Arizona, good friends, good weather, good training, great time!