Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of 2013 Part 2

Let post #80 for 2013 commence!


In July I went to the great nation of Peru! I didn't blog much between travel, marathoning and starting a new job...again but I did do recaps of my trip so obviously they win July.


There's no contest for August. Winner winner is the biggest accomplishment of other people's lives.


I got married in September which was awesome. But that's not the post that wins. The winner is my favorite post I've written so far.

There's no picture for this post so here's one...


I spent a third of the year training for a silly little race that I finally ran in October so let's talk about that shall we?


Depressed about my leg I've chosen Thanksgiving to be the winner here. Although I also didn't take any pictures. I was a bad blogger to finish out the year. 

Again, no picture so uh...


Post vacation honeymoon I had all kinds of good news that I will be bringing into the new year.

So there you have it. The end of 2013. I'm not big at looking back on things mainly because I'm too busy worrying about what's to come which is probably a good template for a resolution I won't be making.

But Happy New Year everyone! Be Safe and Be Well! See you on the other side :)

End of 2013 Part 1

I have to do this post in 2 parts because if I don't I'll have 79 posts for 2013 and I can't end on an odd number. Don't judge me. It's not nice.

As much as I enjoy closure, I don't enjoy year end wrap up things unless it's a countdown of best/worst pop culture moments. I don't really need to write a recap of my year because that's why I write a blog during the year. See? I can just look at what I want to remember!

I think this is the first year I actually wrote at least one blog every month. That's a big deal since I'm a historically unreliable blogger. Since I want to fit in, I'll do a recap of my favorite posts from each month. And then that will give me something to write about in part 2.


In January I started what would end up being a brief stint in graduate school and abandoned my dream of an olympic triathlon and got really sick for the first time in ages. But those blogs weren't interesting. The winner in this category is...


February was an unusually grumpy month and also when I turned 25. I think between grad school and growing up I was having all kinds of craziness so we'll go with a winner featuring cute pictures of my dog...


Although the race was in February, the recap wasn't until March. My Golden Birthday celebration was a 13.1 mile stroll through Disney World and it was as magical as I'd always imagined it to be!


I spent a lot of March/April gearing up for the Derby Festival mini (half) marathon which turned out to be a big fat bust. Worst race I've had in a long time which left me pretty disappointed. Not surprisingly, that race recap doesn't win for best post but another recap does.


May included a lot of impromptu traveling under less than ideal conditions. But I also wrote probably one of my second favorite posts ever.


I should probably choose the post when I told you all I was engaged. But that's not a very interesting one. In early June I had probably my first itty bitty spark to do a trail race, a trail marathon and eventually an ultra. But I didn't really know it until looking back on it now. I love being a race volunteer.

And we've now reached the end of part 1. Stay tuned for July-December! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Back in the Ville and Back in Business!

Hey there everyone and Happy Sunday!

I woke up this morning finally recovered from traveling home from Puerto Rico. I obviously didn't need to recover from my busy week of nothing but making our way home Friday was a nightmare! I managed to get my om on during the 4 hour flight and go through everything that was good at that moment instead of pulling my fingernails off one by one to distract myself from the screaming children and barking dog. I think om-ing was a much better choice.

So what were some of those good things? Oh just the usual, I have a place to live, a nice guy hanging around, pets I like, the plane wasn't crashing, oh yeah, and I got my dream job!

I wasn't actively looking for a new job. My current position was just fine, not great but it was a positive atmosphere and work environment which is what I will always need in life. I hate changing jobs, I equate it to moving. BUT I also have a really hard time settling which has lead to more professional shifts than I'd care to remember. I decided when I took my current job I was happy and that I could stay until I saw something I absolutely HAD to have come up or finally hit a lightbulb that told me where to go. I was hopeful I'd just love what I was doing and never leave. 

And then I got on Facebook. My favorite running store was hiring for a marketing coordinator. In case you didn't know, my first career path and degree was Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Marketing. Apparently 2010 wasn't the year to graduate in that field because even with my many internships and doing literally everything right in college I couldn't find a job. But it's never been something I've been able to fully give up on so when I saw this posting I literally HAD to have it. 

On Friday I stopped by the store after work to talk to the operator who I knew loosely from the running circuit and from being at the store and group runs all the time which I took in my favor. We ended up just chatting for about an hour and afterwards I talked to some of the staff which was fun. I left feeling good and not just because I was leaving for vacation Sunday!

On Tuesday The Colonel and I were playing in the waves and finally came up for air to lay around and check in with the world. There was the email! I got the job! I'd done a great job of staying busy and not worrying about what would happen so that made it even sweeter when I got the word. I contacted the appropriate channels to get things moving and can now announce my latest career move to the world.

Or you know, the three of you.

On top of that, I've gotten on the elliptical twice in the past week totaling about 45 minutes and a little over 3 miles with no pain in my leg! I should mention that I self cleared myself for elliptical activity. I was supposed to go to good Dr. Smith in the morning for the all clear but in typical doctor's office fashion they bumped me until Friday. Since that would make nearly 7 weeks on crutches and 9 weeks since I've run a step on land I decided I was ready for the elliptical at least. I haven't had pain in my leg for quite some time and since the rule of thumb for stress fractures is "nothing that hurts" I decided if it didn't hurt I could do it...slowly. So I very slowly ellipticalled along hardly sweating or increasing my heart rate just to make sure I wouldn't regret it in the morning and so far so good. I'm also pain free doing planks and yoga!

Things are seriously good right now and I can't wait to start 2014 off on the right feet!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Vegetarian in Puerto Rico

Hey friends! As you may or may not remember, I got married something like 3 months ago and The Colonel and I just got around to going on that little trip that comes after. Since snow is useless when one can't snowboard I decided to run away from it and soak up some vitamin D in the lovely land of Puerto Rico!

I'll have some pretty big news when I get back but for now here are some pictures to envy as you anxiously await the next installment.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ghost Mode and Some Random Facts

To appease the angry mob outside of my window all day and night, I now give you a new blog post.

As I'm sure you loyal readers have noticed, I've basically been in ghost mode since Thanksgiving. It wasn't deliberate at first but now it kind of is. I'm not really ready to blog about some of the things that have been going on and keeping me pretty occupied so I just haven't been blogging at all. In addition, I'm going on a real vacation next week and will be happily out of touch with society for 5 days.

BUT before I leave I thought it would be fun to follow suit with my Texan transplant friend Celeste from Our Fabulous Life in the Suburbs and give you a few fun facts about me that you likely don't know from just following my blog. Make sure you stop by the 'burbs and say hello to Celeste! Her blog is a completely different vibe from this one primarily because she not only loves kids, but also has one. And he's actually cute! Super cute! Which must be true since you know I can't lie about these things.

Anyway, on with the list!
  1. My first pet was a turtle I named Michaelangelo after the Ninja Turtles and I found him outside of a dumpster with my dad. I was kicking rocks and was about to kick him when his little head popped out! We kept him for a while and I fed him way too much lettuce.
  2. I can't actually tell you what size shoe I wear. Running shoes are always a little off from normal sizes but in my house right now I have shoes ranging from a kid's 4 1/2 up to a woman's 9. And they all fit. Go figure.
  3. I'm an excellent dancer. Actually I don't know if this is true or not but I love to dance and do it almost daily. For some reason it's one of the few things I'm always confident doing and I've never really received any negative feedback about it.
  4. I'm a junior national champion debater/public speaker. I competed in speech, drama and debate all through middle school and a little in high school and have an obscene number of trophies from invitational, state and national level competitions. To this day I'm still a really good public speaker but suck on a social interaction level which is weird.
  5. I've traveled to 5 foreign countries but have hardly seen anything in the United States.
  6. I really like fish tanks and have always wanted a salt water tank for some strange reason. I loved having a fish tank as a little girl and named all of my fish very clever and original names like Chelsea Clinton the 5 year old Catfish and Glowria the Glow Fish. I also had a beta fish named Napoleon all throughout college.
  7. I'm very afraid of birds.
  8. I once saw Kelly Rowland outside of a New York City H&M during a school trip and completely underreacted. I saw Nick Lachey outside of a Cincinnati hotel and completely overreacted to the point that he actually smiled and waved.
  9. I seriously considered dumping The Colonel if my cat didn't like him.
  10. I'm extremely particular about which size silverware goes with which type of food and almost never use tablespoons for anything other than measurements.
Ok, so now you know I'm a total freak. What about you? What's your inner freakdom?