2014 in Review: April - June

When we last left off, it was the end of March and warm temperatures were slowly starting to creep their way back to Virginia.


The first weekend in April I celebrated my 1-year multisport anniversary (i.e. a year since I did my first triathlon) by competing in a new multisport event I'd never done: my first duathlon (run-bike-run)! I set a new 5k PR (not even on the first run but on the second one, after already running a 5k then biking 20+ hilly miles…BAM), won a wooden owl trophy for finishing 2nd in my age group (not telling how many people there were in my AG), and, most importantly, got to compete and hang out after the race with friends. It was a great day! In other April running/triathlon news, by that months installment of Runners Tell All I had (half reluctantly, half happily) decided that 70.3 was not in the card for me in 2014, and at the end of the month I celebrated my 3rd running anniversary by writing a letter to past me from future me. That post is one of my all-time favorites!


One thing Ben and I wanted to focus on during this time was going on more dates, and he planned one of the best dates I think we've ever had. He surprised me with tickets to see the world premiere of a special presentation of Ben Hur, with a new orchestral score composed by Stewart Copeland of The Police. If you're wondering how many nerd points he got for that one…let's just say it's a lot.


A few days later, the 7th anniversary of April 16th hit me a lot harder than I expected it to. Remember how I said that in March I suddenly had a strong feeling that a big change was in my future? Well, on April 16th, the deal was more or less sealed. I had been considering going back to Virginia Tech for my engineering studies since I first made the decision to go back to engineering school in the first place, and that thought kept gnawing away at me. There were still a lot of logistics to be figured out, but the decision was more or less made.

May was a busy month of vacations and staycations. The month started with traveling to the Outer Banks with my parents and friends for the Flying Pirate Half Marathon. I didn't get the time I had hoped to, but I learned some important things about running and life that day. Also I took what is probably my best running photo of all time. The week after Flying Pirate I finished my finals and Ben and I headed to…Virginia Beach! It was a fun getaway to play tourist for a few days, even if we didn't really get away. As soon our beach staycation was over we hit the road to find a new home in the mountains!



We had a great time getting reacquainted with Blacksburg and were already counting down to our big move, but our travels weren't over yet. I went to my 100th concert and then we traveled to Philadelphia to see my 101st and fulfill a longtime dream of both of ours: seeing Saosin with Anthony Green. After we got back home we celebrated 8 years of being together and the 5th anniversary of our engagement. But despite all of that time together, we still don't know if we ever want kids, which I blogged about in one of my first ever putting-it-out-there posts. And, of course, I couldn't end the month without running (and getting a big PR!) in one of my favorite races, the Elizabeth River 10k, which takes place basically in my backyard.

In June Bane turned 2! Then I raced in my second Olympic triathlon and showed you what the day in the life of a triathlete is like. The rest of the month was busy in a different way than the previous months as we decluttered and got ready to move at the beginning of July!


…and then I blinked and 2014 was already halfway over, what?!

16 comments :

  1. what kind of pup is Bane? i think he is so dang cute! i am really enjoying these recaps, keep them coming!

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  2. I just have to say, I totally got held up and stopped paying attention after you said you set a PR in the second 5k. Are you human?! You've done tons of wonderful things this year, holy moly.

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    1. Haha! A lot of times I run better right off the bike than I do on fresh legs. I can't explain it!

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  3. I like that you did a letter to past you from future you! What a great idea. Oh and making time for dates is something I need to be better at this year. I only with Ben Hur was coming to northern Canada...haha

    Bane as a puppy is melting my heart!!

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  4. oh my gosh Bane was such a cute puppy, and of course an adorable dog.
    um I have no idea how many concerts I've been to, lol. I love that you counted and have been to more than 100. I haven't been to any in a few years I don't think - it was all I did before 18 and then it kinda fizzled out.
    I love the more dates thing - that's something KC and I rarely do, because it normally means spending money. We still do stuff but it's rarely just the 2 of us or anything special if it is just the 2 of us (a movie or something). He's also not a very good planner or surprise planner lol but instead of sitting in a corner and being mad about it, I just need to be more proactive about planning dates, even if they are something small. Anyway I love that photo from that night, I always wondered where it was from and now I know :)

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  5. Bane is seriously the most adorable guy!
    Your year has been SO busy! You have accomplished so so much. You rock, girl. You seriously rock.

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  6. Yay, I'm so glad you're doing this too. This is around when we found each other so it's fun to read about those times again through a new lens now that I know you! Kudos on all the PRs and other huge accomplishments you've hit this year. Also OMG BABY BANE!!!! The cutest.

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  7. Ahhh Bane is a cutie!!!!! And you have been to a lot of concerts!! I don't know how many I have been too, but I have nothing on you! I used to go to a lot of them in high school and college when I lived in Atlanta. A lot of times there were free concerts pretty much every weekend in the summer!

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  8. Such a wonderful second quarter for you!! I cant even believe how big Bane got - he was an adorable puppy and the orchestra as a surprise date - major points on that one!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  9. Girl, you are seriously motivating me to get out and start running! Maybe 2015 will be my year. Love the idea of going on more dates. I think that's super important. And Bane is SO cute, but that goes without saying!!

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  10. Such a great year! I can't believe you set a 5K PR on the second half of the Du. So cool!

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  11. How cute is Bane and he got so big!! Such a great second quarter of the year!

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  12. One of the things I love about the blog community is being able to share moments with people who are on the other side of the world. I remember you talking about your move and then actually moving and now it's like 6 months later already!?! crazzzzzzzzy x

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  13. A duathlon, holy cow! Sounds awesome but I could never do it! So awesome you did!

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  14. Bane is a very cute pup! He looks like he has unique hair and coloring, what breed is he? Congrats on your new PR! I have never done a 5k let alone a duathlon. Sounds interesting (and exhausting ;D).

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