We rang in the New Year quietly at home and just a few days later I was off to run Ragnar: Miami to Key West
I opted out of February’s Donna this year due to my hip, but we still made it out to cheer
For Spring Break, Alex came to visit!
And T:E Girls partied at One Spark
And rocked it out at the gym
In April, Ben and I hopped on a plane to spend a few days in Santa Barbara and Malibu for my cousin’s wedding
In May, we started enjoying Florida’s beautiful beaches again
By June, I was back in the open water
And finally able to run again by July (see: #hipsaga2012)
CROME (formally known as Timed Exercise) also took to the beach this summer
Midway through July we ran away for a week on the Allure of the Seas with my family for my dad’s 60th birthday
Come August, I swam my second Hammer Head 2.5 Mile Ocean Marathon and place 2nd in my age group
And Hannah came to visit before shipping off to college :)
In September I joined JumpingFish for Up The River – Downtown - a 10k/6mi river swim escorted by 45 kayakers/boaters!
Soon after I spent a weekend in NYC with friends. We ate cupcakes, ran through Central Park and celebrated Lindsay’s upcoming wedding
October brought several events including my second Siesta Key 5k Swim with a 4th place finish
My 30th Birthday
My first GORUCK
A trip to Virginia with Ben for Sarah’s wedding
And my fastest 5k ever!
In November I traveled home for Lindsay’s wedding and to see some of my favorite people
And on Thanksgiving morning I ran the Subaru 13.1 in 35 degree temps (Florida?!?) – this race was iconic for me because it was the first 13.1 after all my hip issues. I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to run the distance again. I ran it thanks to my wonderful PRS group.. I even PR’d by a minute :)
Before we knew it, it was December and time for my second GORUCK.
I also ran a painfully difficult soft-sand beach 5k, but had a ton of fun AND placed!
The next day (Sunday 12/22/13), Ben and I went to the beach, like any other Sunday. It was incredibly warm and beautiful for just three days before Christmas.. but that’s Florida for you.
Little did I know that I’d walk to the water with my boyfriend and walk back up the beach with my fiancé :)
The next couple of days included engagement excitement and Christmas
We rang in the New Year with a simple dinner and home before midnight (noticing a NYE theme here..)
And started 2014 with friends at an extremely rainy Gator Bowl
It was seriously an exciting year and we have so much to look forward to in 2014! My calendar is already filled with a trips to Atlanta/Blue Ridge, Islamorada for venue shopping, a one-week south Caribbean cruise with friends, Lake Tahoe for a wedding, Portugal/England with Ben as well as things like the Wolfson’s 55 relay, Gate River Run, Hammerhead Ocean Marathon, Siesta Key 5k swim, many 5ks and fall running :)
One last thing
While it’s important to focus on the good in life, I had one very sad event this year. On 12/1/13 my sweet Alley girl went missing. We have absolutely no idea how she got out of the house and we don’t understand why we didn’t see her lounging around in the sun within two days. She has literally up and vanished. My loving girl is 14 years old and I worry about her every single day – she’s been my devoted snuggle friend for over 11 years. My heart is broken and I just wish she’d find her way home.
The silver lining in this tragedy, is that while trying to find Alley, we rescued an 8 month-old feral kitten. We weren’t sure what to do with her at first, because she was a bit insane (which earned her the name “Ninja”). But she’s pushed our way into our hearts and our home, so we think she’s here to stay.
All we have to do is convince Savannah