July through December Musings

It seems like the second half of my year was far more exciting then the first.  I like to save the best for last right?  Actually after the marathon my life seems to have simmered down.


I turned the big 23.  I’m an old lady now.

I finally ran a 5k PR that I feel I’m never capable of again (18:35).

Life is good!
Life is good!


As with the rest of the summer I worked a lot between 50-70 hours and was really burnt out.

I ran an 8k PR and then was hit by a cylist who broke my arm.

YAY for no sling!
YAY for no sling!

I was accepted to run for Oiselle! 



I ran the Rock and Roll VA Beach half marathon with Laura and Heather.  It was awkward because I ran it with a broken arm.



I moved to Texas.

I ran another half marathon a week later in San Antonio.  1800 miles of driving, two half marathons back to back…only to go a few seconds faster in San Antonio and win a sweet Growler.



(one week later) I found out I was moving to New Jersey.

The night we found out we were Jersey bound
The night we found out we were Jersey bound


I drove back across the country seeing Laura along the way.


I moved back home with my parents (again!) for a few weeks before my marathon.

Kris and I dressed up like Pumpkins for a 10k that I missed my PR by 5 seconds.



I ran my first marathon.


I moved to NJ.  After moving to NJ, I took some time off of running and just relaxed and looked jobs for a while.


I haven’t (honestly) done a lot of note worthy things this December.  It’s been just assimilating into NJ and looking for jobs.  I hope I have something to report by the end of the year.  I guess I’ll work on that.

I took photos in the snow.  It counts as productive.
I took photos in the snow. It counts as productive.

I did run my first and only race since the marathon, The Surf and Santa 10 miler.


Thoughts of 2013:

Although 2013 was anything but calm I truly enjoyed the year.  It seemed like it flew by and that I was happier then I have been, especially in the later half of the year.  It seems like I should have been more stressed being jobless and the 4000 miles I drove in 2 months but I wasn’t.  It was a really good year.  I have found the more stressed “I should be” is when I become less stressed.  Little stressors that shouldn’t stress me out often are the worst for me.

Anyways upward and onward to 2014 from here!

Question for you: Most notable thing of 2013? 


  1. You had a great year.
    Running 8 PRs including a marathon PR were the most notable running events for me in 2013. Hopefully I will look back some day and say starting my business was the most notable thing I did in 2013. Time will tell.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Wow…what a busy year! Congrats on running your first full marathon and all of the other great races you ran this year!

  3. As I said before- despite all the craziness you really pushed through and had an awesome year. I cant wait to see you in February, is it time for Lake effect yet?

  4. My 2 of my proudest running accomplishments happened Summer ’13. I ran my first 5k- 19:51! I am really proud of that. I also PR’ed in the mile- 5:41. I’m 31 and just a recreational runner (though I did train pretty hard to reach these PRs!) so I am really excited for them. I was in the best shape of my life this summer!

  5. What an impressive year–you’re such a running rockstar! My second half of 2013 was probably more exciting than the first half too. Most of my races occurred from June-August, and that’s also when I really settled in and started to feel “at home” with my job. Watch out, 2014–we’re coming for you!

  6. Awesome second half of the year! You definitely have reason to be stressed, but love the attitude you’ve taken. No reason to stress yourself for no reason!

  7. Very exciting 2nd half of the year indeed!

    I have no doubt that you will better your 5K PR, while training for your second marathon. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  8. I got a new job after working at the same job for almost 9 years. It was terrifying and amazing all at once.

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