Wrapping Up the Year

31 Dec

goodbye 2015

So the first thing you’ll notice is that I’m actually publishing a post today!

Not sure how things got so far off of the rails this year, but you’ll see tomorrow in my resolutions post, that I’ll work to change that in 2016

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Another great use for my favorite post-its!!!

Without too much yak yak — A quickie review of my year, in pictures and some words 🙂

It was a good year and it was a not so good year. Did some GREAT fun running thing (Dopey, Paris!) some super travel things (PARIS!!), and made some great new friends. This was also the year I became a Skirt Sports Ambassador which has been a super experience and I’m looking forward to repping the brand again this year!! This was also the year that I went on an insulin pump and I have to say, that having such great control is really helping to keep my numbers in line.

Since I prefer to not dwell on the disappointments of the year I’ll just say – things change and we move on and around the challenges. Buck up and figure out how to get back on track.

I started 2 new jobs this year – one only lasted a few months. That made me sad since I really enjoyed it! Now I’ve got a job that took some time to fall into place but now that I’m settled I think it’s a great opportunity to learn and grow.

And now, on with the fun stuff!!

In January I ran my first runDisney Dopey Challenge.  And most people will tell you, that if you’ve trained – which I kind of did! – the toughest part is waking up before dawn for four days in a row!



Quite possibly my most ambitious costume to date 🙂 Final 26.2 of Dopey



Dopey bling

Now if I could just find a kid to get that kid’s medal!!!

I also got to meet *this* guy at the Houston Marathon expo….


Me and my pal Meb


Once Dopey was over, the next biggie in my sights was the Paris Marathon!! Part of the awesome of this one was that I spent a week with my oldest friend in the world on our first ever vacation together!!


I did it!!! It was a warm April day in Paris


During the 5K breakfast run in Paris!!


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After Paris, things kind of hit a brick wall. You might remember this is when my posts dropped off and it’s also when my motivation disappeared. I did a 5K here and there, the runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge and the Marine Corps Historic Half in May but had nothing else on my calendar until the fall.


Pixie dust Challenge Weekend! Must get a picture with Mickey’s Wheel of Death


While I was in California for the TinkerBell weekend, I met up with this group of “kids” – they were my students back in the 80’s!! Great fun night!


Historic Half Character opp!!

I kicked off the fall running season with the runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon. I’d been wanting to make a ‘Mater costume for the longest time….


I LOVE this tutu!!! Love it!!

October brought the Hartford Half Marathon, The Hershey Half Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon. The MCM is where I learned one of my two biggest lessons this year – I can no longer get away with half-assing my training and expect to be successful. I actually wrote a post for this that never got published but I’ll throw it out here one day soon.

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Great finisher goodies!!!


Second year doing this one — and it’s a new favorite for sure!!!


My time wasn’t so great but we had a fun time anyway!!

End of October and early November was BIG-TIME Disney for me! I stayed at Angela, Nate and Na’Cho’s for a very long time and managed to hit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, International Food and Wine Festival, Wine and Dine Half Marathon (half of a half it turns out!) and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.


My dream team at the Wine and Dine half of a half!

When I got home again things started to fall into place at work and planning for my January trip to cheer on my friends at WDW Marathon weekend and Ragnar Relay Key West in February.

Well, due to permitting issues, the Ragnar Key West event was cancelled (so yay me for putting off making travel plans, right?!). HUGE bummer since this is the one that’s been on my running bucket list for ages. Then as I started to make plans for January, I realized that I had waited too long and had gotten priced out of heading to Orlando to cheer. So, Big Lesson Two of the year – Procrastination doesn’t always pay, you might not get a better chance/deal/opportunity

Spent Christmas with my dad, brother and his family and it was all great!

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He puts up with an awful lot…my own Angry Elf


My parent’s Christmas tree . This is home

I hope that your year brought you much happiness and love and I do look forward to more sharing next year!


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