It’s hard to believe that today is the final day of 2013. It seems like just yesterday I was bundled up, running through the snowy streets and listening to Ellie Golding’s Anything Can Happen and feeling excited and hopeful for the year ahead…
January started with the completion of a long time goal…becoming a certified yoga instructor! It felt so good to finally complete my goal. I spent most of January and February teaching my first classes and finding my way as a new instructor. January also brought my year of being a sponsored athlete for Athleta, which was all sorts of fun and exciting. I even went outside my comfort zone and modeled in a fashion show for them! Michael and spent most of the winter hibernating and we even watched as we got 30 inches of snow in one storm! It was a long winter, and having ran outside all winter I was happy to see spring arrive!
Winter it’s time for you to go…
Athleta Sponsored Athlete!
The spring brought a lot with it. Most significantly we endured the Boston Marathon bombings, and the days that followed. It’s still a memory that brings back many emotions and thoughts. Unfortunately it is something I’ll probably carry with me for years to come. I’m grateful for my safety and glad I was just far enough away and most of all I was relieved that all 150+ Team In Training runners were safe. I’m also incredibly proud of how our city has moved on and the strength we have shown.
I traveled a lot for work this past spring, attending the Inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half in Washington, D.C. and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! It was my first trip to DC so I made the most of every moment and saw everything from the Smithsonian to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and all of the monuments at the mall in addition to a trip to the Newseum! My mom came with me to San Diego and my first trip to California! We had a great mother-daughter trip exploring Coronado Island, the San Diego Zoo (amazing!) and enjoying lots and lots of delicious food!
Sunrise over Jefferson Memorial
Summer started with a trip to NY to see my parents and a staycation over the 4th of July. I managed to go to the beach almost everyday, explored the World’s End Reserve in Hingham and the South Shore with Michael, and took a day trip to Newport to tackle the Cliff Walk and head to the beach! I also started to think more about yoga and what I needed from my practice. I signed up for 2 fall half-marathons and started training. I was feeling really good with all of my workouts and training and loving it! In mid-July we lost our love, Brandy. It was such a sad day as she was truly our little friend who greeted us when we came home with loud meows, snuggled with us whenever possible and followed us from room to room. You were never alone with her by your side. She was always little spoon and loved to fall asleep next to you. Michael and I were heart broken and terribly sad. As Brandy would have wanted we kept our best to keep on living and loving. We spent the day together in Manchester by the Sea, tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding, had lunch by the ocean and spent the after at the beach. We went to the track in Saratoga with Michael’s family and enjoyed many mornings at the backstretch (my favorite). We headed to the Cape the following weekend for another adventure! We explored Hyannis, spent my birthday eating pastries, exploring Provincetown, eating oyster and seafood ocean-side in Wellfleet and even watched Planes at the drive-in! We worked the Falmouth Road Race and watched 35 Team In Training runners cross the finish line! And to complete our tour of the Cape we spent the night in Martha’s Vineyard at a super nice hotel, enjoying a fancy dinner and exploring Vineyard Haven! We even saw President Obama playing golf! We closed out the summer with one final weekend at the track in Saratoga!
Fall came quickly and was in one word, BUSY! I got promoted at work not once but twice! We went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania so I could be the bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and watch her and her husband say I do! And we welcomed this little one into our lives! Twila brought lots of laughter and happiness with her funny little ways! We headed to Newport again to go the Wine and Food Festival. It was a pretty amazing day in one of the mansions trying food and wine and loving every minute of it! The last weekend of September brought one of the most exciting things of the entire year…our engagement! Michael proposed in our Sunday morning yoga class! We celebrated over brunch and with our family and friends!
Newport Wine and Food Festival
October brought back to back half-marathons! We headed to Portland, ME for the Maine Marathon and Half where I had an incredible race and loved the scenery! The following weekend I ran the BAA Half Marathon yet again and had another fun race! We celebrated both with lots of delicious food! At the end of October my parents came to help us choose our wedding venue. We set our date and began planning for our November 15, 2014 wedding! In November we met with caterers, went to multiple tastings and picked ours! My mom, cousin and I found the dress of my dreams! We celebrated Thanksgiving with Michael’s family and yoga! December brought christmas trees, work travel and holiday shopping! I celebrated the holiday in NY with my family and even went skiing last week with my Dad and brother!
The Big Day!
Wedding Dress Shopping!
Beyond all the activities I managed to scale back in my commitments and started to really live by the idea that less is more. I refocused on my yoga practice and even stopped teaching in an effort to reconnect. I’ve also scaled back my running and workouts to give my body a chance to rest and recover a bit…the first time in years. I finally feel like I’m in a great place with work and life balance and put my time first.
It’s been an amazing year and we can only imagine what next year will bring! We can’t wait to get married and become husband and wife and hope to see so many more amazing things come our way! Thank you all for following my life and journey, even as I’ve stepped back and have been blogging less. I’m hoping to be writing a bit more in the year to come!
Happy New Year Friends!!