The year was not what I was expecting.
At the beginning of the year, the company I worked for sent out an email abruptly saying they were bankrupting. A fantastic opportunity arrived in its place, which is a lot of work but better.
TH and I got married, and two days later Belle, our dachshund, became dangerously ill. After surgery and some (expensive) care, she is in spectacular health!
TH and I had the opportunity to help a family member out, and thus have had a housemate for 8 months of our first year of marriage. We have learned more about marriage, love, support, and self-care than we would have otherwise.
I spent 3 important months injured and missed out on my marathon. I stopped looking at the 1 year plan, and wondered about the 10 year plan. I am now dreaming a ridiculous big dream that I was not before.
My brother got very ill, and has a long road to recovery – but gets to walk down that road. I got to see him smile last weekend, which I love.
Unexpected is not awful. It’s just unexpected. I am thankful for this year. Even if it wasn’t packed with awesome races and fancy trips, even if some months I just cared for myself and my family, it was a good year.
Here’s a recap with some of the highlights.
January, I juggled wedding planning and half marathon training. Wedding planning won, but I enjoyed my first run up to the top of Kennesaw Mountain.
I ran my first half marathon race on Tybee Island. Due to my lack of training, I started purposefully slow, but then found the strength to push the last 5 miles, finishing at paces I didn’t think possible. 2:10:12 was my finish and current PR.
TF (The Fiance) became TH (The Husband). We got married on Tybee Island and celebrated with family and friends! It was really cold in early March, but the food was good to make up for it!
Ran my 3rd GT Pi Mile 5K, the second with my mom. Just a casual race at my alma mater.
I ran my 10K PR of 54:02 and placed (in my age group) for the first time in the Crimestoppers Azalea Run.
I attempted a 5K PR and missed it by 2 seconds. I learned what conditions make for a bad PR attempt.
I revealed this new domain and design for the blog! I also started marathon training and promptly got injured.
TH and I found a sport we both enjoy – bouldering (rock climbing without ropes). It is good to have common interests with the person you love.
TH took me to Little Tybee Island by rented kayaks for my birthday. I got custom orthotics which was the final puzzle piece to get me back into running.
I started building back my miles and did two long runs, an 8 mile and a 9 mile. I also dressed up as Mario riding Yoshi for Halloween. I began marathon training (again).
My goal race for the year was a 4.5 hour marathon in November. Instead, I ran a 2:13 half in hot weather with the family I love.
TH and I took a trip to see his family in MA. It was unseasonably warm which meant comfortably warm for my continued marathon training.
I am thankful for 2015. I look forward to 2016.