Wow – time flies! I feel like I just wrote 2013’s Year in Review and somehow, 2014 has already come to an end. I completely failed at blogging this year but did get a few things in. Here’s what you missed (sort of?). Ben and I rang in the New Year at home and spent New Year’s Day in the rain at the Gator Bowl with friends.
A few weeks later, my sister and I visited my mom in Blue Ridge for a “belated Christmas” and I tried on some of my first wedding dresses. In February, Ben had a birthday
And I ran the Wolfson’s 55 Relay with my PRS group
I also ran my first sub :29 5k :) Most exciting-ly, Ben and I visited Islamorada for a few days and picked out our wedding venue and date
My mom came to visit two weeks later, and we picked out my wedding dress. No pic for that :) March was rough. My grandmother passed away and my family flew her to New York to rest in peace with my grandfather. I also ran a terrible Gate River Run – heart heavy with the sad news and foot/calf in pain from a fallen arch and tendonitis. I took a few weeks off running. Warm weather arrived during the last week of March and we finally had our first beach day of the year
I also officially became a Portuguese Citizen.. finally!
April brought a much needed cruise with some friends. We’re officially in love with the Allure of the Seas. Our friends are “ok” too :)
By May, I was ready to start running again (now with inserts in my shoes). I also had the crazy thought that maybe I should run a marathon. So, I registered for the Rock and Roll Savannah 26.2 and started looking ahead at a training plan. I went to Islamorada again in June, but this time with my mom. We ran a bunch of wedding-related errands and enjoyed some sunsets
I headed out to Lake Tahoe in July for my cousin’s wedding. The wedding, along with everything else that weekend, was incredibly gorgeous
Ben and I also bought a new house! It started out as just a pile of dirt, though..
August brought distance PRs for running, including 16 and 18 mile runs. I also PR’d at the Hammerhead Ocean 2.5 Mile Swim (Hannah came to visit!) and participated in 2014’s Up the River
I had my usual craziness this summer with swim lessons. But, said goodbye to them in September and headed to Portugal. Ben had the opportunity to meet my family and my Grandfather celebrated his 80th birthday. We explored Lisbon and the southern/eastern parts of the country
Just one week after returning home, I did the Swim Around Charleston, a 12 mile river swim – it was incredibly hard but incredibly amazing
The following week, I complete my first 20 mile run! In October, I ran the Marine Corps Half as a training run, turned 31 (what??) and watched our house go up
We also took engagement photos… finally! Love him <3
The first weekend of November I drove to Panama City to watch a friend complete Ironman Florida (amazing) and the following weekend, tackled my own big race of the year – Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon
The rest of November was pretty quiet.. my dad came up for Thanksgiving and I ran an easy Subaru 13.1 kind of as a recovery run. The biggest excitement was watching the daily transformation of our soon to be home
We were incredible lucky and sold our townhouse in jut a few days.
December brought several holiday parties and a quiet Christmas (surrounded by boxes) complete with an early morning run with friends.
On December 30th we closed on our new home and began moving in boxes. Furniture movers come January 2nd and we’ll be completely moved in by the end of the weekend.
New Year’s Eve crept up on us quickly. With packing/moving and Ben’s crazy work schedule, we settled on our go-to date night: dinner and couch.
Overall, it was a fantastic year. Lots of runs, first marathon, planning a wedding, buying/building our dream home, fabulous times with friends… really couldn’t ask for more. I consider myself one lucky girl!
Plans for 2015? If I make it out of bed, I’ll start January 1 with a morning gym session, then packing up the rest of our house. We get married in February and have the rest of our lives to settle into our new place. I foresee lots of running, hopefully some PRs, several trips and good times :) I hope 2015 brings you all your wishes as well!