2014 in Review: July - September

By the beginning of July we had found a new place to live and packed up most of our things, but July was the real deal. It was go time. I said goodbye to my old running route with a teary 10-miler before we got the last of our things out of our place, handed the keys to our renter, and were on our way. That night we went to an early anniversary dinner and the next morning, it was goodbye Portsmouth, hello Blacksburg for me. Making that drive alone (since Ben had to stay and work another month) was one of the hardest things I have ever done (I bawled my eyes out), but also one of the most empowering.

When I arrived in Blacksburg, suddenly everything started to fall into place, even better than I ever expected it to. I subleased an apartment for the month and a few days after I arrived we celebrated the actual 4th anniversary of our wedding day, even though we weren't together for it. We weren't planning to see each other for a couple weeks but Ben and Bane ended up surprising me by coming to visit my first weekend in Blacksburg. We had a fabulous time hiking the Cascades. I did go home once in July for a celebration with my tri friends (even though I didn't end up getting to do the race myself), but other than that, school kept me pretty busy for the remainder of the month.

Before I knew it, it was August 8th: our move-in date for our apartment! By the middle of the month I had finished all my summer classes and only had a few days before starting the fall semester, so we were able to get away to the Outer Banks for a few days. And, even though I had been getting into marathon training mode for a while, at the end of the month I signed up for my 3rd marathon.

I had a meltdown over that marathon almost as soon as I signed up, and it didn't stop there. I thought I just needed a good race, and I finally got to toe the line after a 3-month hiatus at the Claytor Lake Tri, only a 45-minute drive from our new mountain home. It was an eventful race, full of rain, puddles, and missed turns on the course, but amazingly I went home with a 1st place age group medal (and believe it or not, there were more people in my age group than just me!).

At the end of September I traveled out of town for my next race, but not before meeting my sister- and brother-in-law on the way and then crashing with them at our other sister- and brother-in-law's house. The next day I finished my 3rd, possibly best yet Olympic distance tri. That week Alyssa and I hatched a plan for our Training for Tuesday linkup, but by the time the linkup actually happened, I had a confession to make: I had dropped out of the marathon. Balancing a very full school schedule with marathon training proved harder than I thought it would be.

I'm not sure I will post again this week, so if not, I hope you all have a very happy and joyful week filled with people and things that you love!


  1. I would love to visit the Outer Banks some time! It sounds so beautiful and peaceful!

  2. Sounds like an absolutely brilliant July to September! The move was hard but you made it!!!

  3. You've had one amazing, crazy year and I know you've learned a lot! You're such a brave gal! Proud of you for making your dreams a reality, and taking steps (though they might scare you) to further your future!

  4. Seriously what a year!! So so proud of you for making the move and getting settled in at Tech! I think it's great you listened to yourself and went down to the half marathon and then crushed it!!! :)

    Merry Christmas friend!! :)

  5. Merry Christmas! I'm enjoying catching up on your year!

  6. Sounds like you had a really eventful year, hopefully next year will be just as good!
    (p.s. those cascades look amazing)

  7. I'm so late in all my catching up, but whatever. It's cool to see these posts because even though I was following your blog by this time, it's easy to forget how much was jammed into such a short time. I remember talking with you about these wins and woes and about dropping out of the marathon, and I'm still super proud of you for being able to see it as taking a different route, rather than a set-back. Maybe there's some perspective to be found in thinking back to this, after our conversation the other day... :)

  8. wow, i can't believe you did that drive on your own and how cute that Ben and Bane went to visit you. I think its amazing that you do so much and cram so much in your life, you do more than most people I know and I think scaling back to the half marathon would be a pretty hard decision, that's pretty awesome that you did it :)


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