2014 in Review: October - December


October might have been my favorite month of the year, and not only because it's my birthday month. We had some gorgeous fall weather, and we got to see loved ones more that month than any month since we moved. It started at the beginning of the month when we attended the wedding of one of Ben's good friends. Then the following weekend my parents came to visit! My mom and I had a spa day, I went running with my dad, and we all went to hike the Cascades. I revamped this little blog and Ben ran his first half marathon. I hit the 3-month mark of living in Blacksburg again and celebrated the birthday of the best person I know. I went home for the first time in 3 months and got to run one of my favorite races with my favorite people and to hang out in my city. October, you were the shiz.



November was a big month for travel and more of getting to see people we love! First up was Raleigh to visit my sister- and brother-in-law and run the City of Oaks half marathon. Then it was time to go to Richmond for my last big race of 2014 (which, in fact, turned out to be my last race, period, of 2014). I demanded more from my body and it obliged with what was arguably the biggest PR of my life. I started my capsule wardrobe (almost immediately after declaring that was something I'd probably never do) and invited you all along for the ride. I made it through a flight, panic attack-free, for only the second time in the last 3 years (and shared some tips for how you can do the same). I saw Chicago for the first time and got to go on my second City Running Tour. Right after Chicago I headed home for the Thanksgiving holiday. I spent time with family and raced a Turkey Trot (and earned a new 10k PR) before finally returning to Blacksburg to finish out the fall semester.



As for December, it's felt a little all over the place. I started thinking about my race plans for 2015, mainly to get ready for the big one (even though it's not until September, and registration was supposed to open 3 weeks ago but still hasn't yet). I started sharing my weekly workouts. I started teaching Bane to run with me (and myself to run with him). I made my first vlog and even though technology failed me on the actual day I wanted to post it, I ended up posting it anyway. And you guys made me not feel like a complete dork for doing so, so thanks for that. I shared some more of my capsule wardrobe progress, as well as some melancholia I was feeling about home. I started recapping the year in 3-month chunks, leading up to this 4th and final installment!


This photo was taken mid-run (without even stopping), has not been filtered or edited in any way, and accurately reflects why Portsmouth is the most perfect place I have ever run <3


And that's a wrap! I can safely say that a year ago almost none of the things that ended up happening were in my 2014 plans, so I don't even want to predict what 2015 might hold! But if it's anywhere close to as great as this year was, I think I'll be fine with that.

11 comments :

  1. I feel you! My year didn't go as planned at all, but there was more good than bad. So I can't complain :-) Congrats again on having such a crazy good running/racing year.

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  2. Goodness girl, your October sounds like a dream! Woo! You were such an inspiration to me this year, FYI! Always pushing yourself...it's so motivating! I need that!!

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  3. Love that last picture. And October really was the shiz for you! I don't think much went the way I planned or whatever for me in 2014 but it all turned out better so that's totally fine by me. Here's to 2015!!
    So I totally had your post in my head when I flew to and from NYC. I don't know what is going on with me, I used to be a great flier, but I'm getting worse as I get older. We left KY at like 11 am I think, it was a short flight but I was still up for a couple hours beforehand, and I was nervous. The way back, we left at 6am and had to be up at 330 am, and it was soo much better because I was too tired to worry too much beforehand. I listened to some soothing classical music and only cried a couple of times, so thank you :)

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  4. Cheers to an amazing 2014 and a great last three months. October and November were pretty incredible huh? So looking forward to reading along with all the incredible things you will do in 2015. PS... can I come run in Portsmouth with you pretty please?? *heart eyed emoji*

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  5. Things turn out as they should, yes? What a great ending to the year for you.

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  6. Those were some amazing recaps. Its funny how a year never goes how you expect it to go! Great that it ended so well for you! :)

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  7. I'm not sure how you packed in SO much fun into October! :) Best month ever! Eek I hope registration goes smoothly for your September race - have an idea what it is! I hope somehow stars align and you're visiting home and I'm visiting my brother so we can meet up in Portsmouth!

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  8. Your October kicked some butt! I'm also an Oct baby and partial to that month :) Also, the number of road races your participate in is truly inspiring! I haven't done one since the baby, but you're making me get the itch again...

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    1. October is really the best month, there's no way around it. I didn't even mean to run that many races this year, it just sort of happened!

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  9. I'm rather partial to November (my birthday month), but October was a great month too! Great job on all of your races and your PR! I would love to start running, I just am so out of shape at the moment. Boo.

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  10. I also have an October birthday, it makes it a great month :) Looks like you had a great end of the month! Portsmouth is so pretty!

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