You know you had a pretty great year when it completely flies by! Thinking of things today, I can’t believe it’s 2016. But here’s to a great year in the past and one that can hopefully maintain pace in the future!
Per usual, we spent New Year’s eve at J. Alexander’s for dinner and then passed out on the couch because we are old…
But we did then spend New Year’s Day moving into our beautiful new home!
First up in January was the Best Damn Race 5k, which I ran with Judy
Followed by heading to the courthouse for our marriage certificate
The first two weeks in February were filled with last minute wedding planning, lunches and dinners with friends and a week in Islamorada with my amazing family for our wedding weekend. I’ve already posted on that, so…
In March, I suffered through a poorly-trained-for Gate River Run and we started construction on our backyard pool. I found myself running and lifting a lot until I made a pretty big decision in April: I returned to coaching.
Trading in my daily evening runs with my running club and friends has been very difficult and I miss it, but coaching this amazing team makes it all worth it.
Mid-way through May our pool was finished and I found as many free moments as I could to relax with this view:
I did manage to squeeze in two, yes, two ocean swims with my favorite DOS fishies. My own personally swimming made the same sacrifices as running this year, but again, worth it.
Some how I was talked into getting on the blocks and racing.. and wouldn’t you know? I didn’t swim so horribly.. :)
In July Ben and I headed up to Hilton Head for his family’s annual reunion. With seven nieces and nephews plus aunts, uncles, etc. it’s always a good time. We had pretty great weather this year and it was a welcomed getaway.
To our surprise, a week later we were headed to the Bahamas. Ben’s company sent us off to an all expenses paid trip to Atlantis and it did not disappoint!
In August my friend Keri and I took a (long) drive to Asheville for my sweet Megan’s wedding. It’s hard to believe she’s a married woman but she’s so happy and I’m so proud of her! Keri and I managed to cram good food, shopping, running and partying into a too short weekend.
Two weeks later I met the Ortner side of my family in the Big Apple for my grandmother’s unveiling. We had a pretty excellent few days in the city, which would’ve made my grandmother the happiest person on earth.
In September I made my way to Augusta for a 70.3 relay (the swim portion, obviously). I don’t recommend trying to race untrained.. it really hurts. I swam well enough, I suppose.
Aside from February, my favorite month this year was October.. and no, not because of my birthday (although the fun part did fell on my birthday). Ben and I decided that since we didn’t take a honeymoon (between a one week destination wedding and our new home, a grand honeymoon didn’t really fit in to 2015), we wanted to get away in October. We flew to Boston and rented a car for the week. We very slowly drove from Boston to Bar Harbor, Maine avoiding the highways and taking US-1 the entire way. We stopped at every cute little town along the way, with no real plan other than to relax. It was honestly the simplest, but one of the best trips ever.
Sometime in October I also started running with the Mandarin crew of my running club and I started to find my running grove again! This badass group of runners runs at 5am and somehow I almost look forward to my 4:30am alarms just to see these jokers and get my miles in with them!
In November I drove up to Savannah to run the Rock n’ Roll half. Last year’s full marathon was the highlight of running and this year’s half was somewhat of a lowlight. Being honest with myself, I was undertrained (theme of the year?) but mostly, it was the hottest, most humid race I’ve ever run. I bailed at mile five and walked, course hopped to find friends versus actually racing. Oh well!
I ran a MUCH better race for Subaru’s 6k. I knew I was sporting a bit of an injury but I managed to run relatively pain free and PR’d my 6k. The after effects sucked considering I’ve now found myself grounded from running on pavement and I’m only allowed to run on the Alter-G. It is what it is.
My dad and step mom were here for Thanksgiving (but we managed only selfies)
And December brought visits from my mom, sister and mother-in-law. For a while it felt like we had a guest every other weekend but we enjoyed sharing our new home with everyone.
Decorating for our first Christmas in our new home was the highlight of December. I love finally having a mantle and the ability to put some Christmas lights outside.
My mom and stepdad came for Christmas and my only Christmas wish was to indulge in their delicious cooking, which I most definitely did Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner. For Christmas bunch we drove out to the beach and ate at One Ocean/Azurea.
New Year’s Eve this year was spectacular! We scored tickets to the Taxslayer Bowl’s NYE party at the Hyatt downtown on the river. It was an incredible event complete with dinner, a salsa band, a silent club, a casino, cigar bar, open bar and private balcony for the city’s firework display. Consider we’ve spent the last few NYEs being bums, this year’s is one to remember.
We started January 1st waking up at the Hyatt, having breakfast and heading out for a four mile walk along the Riverwalk. January 2nd brings us the Taxslayer Bowl with friends – Penn State vs. UGA – the team I grew up loving vs. the team my husband loves. What’s a girl to do?
Life is good… and my cats are cute.