Best of 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Before I look forward to 2015, I want to reflect on 2014.

….It was one amazing year

It started off with an abundance of movie ticket gift cards from my students before Christmas vacation and then this random cutie agreed to help me get rid of them by going to Anchorman 2 with me…and then he just kind of stuck around. Boy am I thankful that he did 😉

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Okay. Now that the cheesy stuff is out of the way..maybe. We can move on to my first race of 2014.  The Disney Princess Half Marathon! My mom and I started the new year off with a pretty low-key race…yah know, just 24,000 runners running through the beautiful Disney castle.  So casual.   I placed 12th at this race with a time of 1:29.  I was pretty darn surprised because I had not been running much prior to this.  I was focusing on lifting and just went into this race hoping my strength would carry me through.  I guess you could say it did..for a little… the last 3 miles were probably the most painful 3 miles I have ever run. Regardless, it was an amazing trip with my amazing mom.  Oh, and we are doing it again in 7 weeks 🙂

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The 12th place finish got me back into running mode.  I was super excited to race the local St. Patrick’s Day Road Race.  But 3 days before the race I casually missed a step while sprinting on the stairmaster (Yah. Don’t do that..) and my knees got annihilated by the rotating steps. My running was put to a halt…just when you start getting that racing high excitement. 

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BUT. With a positive attitude…and lots of icing. I was able to get back to running and ran the Boston Run to Remember in May.  I PR’ed in the racing department (1:27.00) AND in the fashion department….if that does not scream AMERICA, I don’t know what does. 

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Oh, I also caught my first fish this year!!..and then fishing slowly became another addiction.  Until a dry spell comes along and I get frustrated and pull the “ugh, I am DONE for the day AND week”….I still working on dealing with failure.

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I experienced another running setback after the Boston Half Marathon.  My knee was not playing nice but no hard feelings.  With an open summer and an injured knee, I decided to try some new things.  And this is where my passion for Crossfit began!

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In addition to crossfit, I started biking more and completed my first bike race!  My dad and I took part in a 50 mile bike ride. It is safe to say he kicked my sore butt.  The intense biking outfit that he broke out the morning of the race should have given it away…he is going to be taking this very seriously.  I tried not to hold him back so I put up one hell of a fight!

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And yet again, I came back from my injury and took on the San Francisco Half Marathon with little running, lots of crossfit, lots of biking and lots of KT tape.  No PR here but I felt overwhelmingly blessed just to be able to run, let alone RUN ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE…oh and with my BEST FRIEND at the finish line.

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If you don’t believe me that she is my best friend and that we were in San Francisco then just check out our “Bestie Selfie” snap chat on top of the Full House setting 😉

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With Fall fast approacing…aka HUNTING SEASON.  It was only fitting that I get my first CAMO article of clothing.  It was super essential if I wanted to go out in the woods in Ithaca to help set up for the season.  I blend in so nicely huh?!

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But really, the Fall means RACING SEASON.  I run most of my half marathons in the fall.  Here are the three half marathons I ran.

Hartford Half Marathon

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Newburyport Half Marathon

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Monson Half Marathon

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AND I also competed in my FIRST Crossfit competition. An action shot would have been too intimidating 😉

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Enough about me.  Lets talk about my brother.  My brother ran in the New York City Marathon for the first time and casually placed 22nd! yup, you read that correctly. TWENTY-TWO!!! He is kind of a big deal in the running world.  He was moving a little too fast to snap a picture/I was too busy cheering so this picture will have to do.  But you can check out this article in our local newspaper about him!

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And then Thanksgiving rolled around and I was able to look back on ALL OF THIS and say THANKS! I also got to go for my first snowy run of the year.  10 beautiful miles in Ithaca before a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

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As I wrap everything up, I find myself asking…how did I get so lucky??

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I could not be more thankful for all the wonderful people in my life that inspire me to better myself each and every day.

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