October 1, 2013

31: A year in review

Tomorrow is my birthday and so I guess that means that today marks the end of my 31st year.  On the whole it has been a very good year.  While I was running around today trying to take care of some errands and chores, I started thinking about what I've done this year.  I'm definitely the goal-setting/reflective type, so this is sort of normal for me.  The last year of my twenties, I put together a 'thirty before thirty' bucket list, which also happened to be the catalyst for my running career.  But I digress...here is a list of my favorite 31 things about this past year.
Celebrating my birthday last year
1. I ran all year...this is the first year that I've kept up my training and interest in the sport.
2. I shared another Princess Half Marathon with my mom and aunt.
3. I PR'ed the half marathon distance 5 times (Wine and Dine Half, WDW Half, Shamrock Half, Dismal Swamp Stomp Half, and Disneyland Half).
4. I learned how to run a race for fun.
5. I took a few chances...in running and in life.  Some paid off and some didn't.
6. I finally signed up for a marathon, that I will conquer next year!
7. I ran a big PR in the 5k distance en route to a second place age group award.

7. I made lots of amazing friends through running communities, virtual and otherwise.
8. I explored some new places while running through them - Atlanta, Charlotte, and Anaheim.
10. I ran a new distance at the Virginia is for Lovers 14k.
11. I chatted with Bart Yasso during the Shamrock Half - totally awesome!
12. I was lucky enough to get to participate in some fantastic runDisney meet ups!

13. I PR'ed the 10k distance at the Elizabeth River Run...by 10 minutes!
14. I learned to love trail running and get out of my comfort zone a bit.
15. I mastered my pre-race taper and fuel plan.
16. I brought up the rear in our family running of the Thanksgiving day Toys for Tots 8k (Mom and Dad both beat me...and won age group awards!).
17. I ran my farthest distance ever...in a single run, in a week, in a month!

I ran a bunch of new events...
18. Peachtree Road Race, which proved to be a ridiculously fantastic fun time!
19. Dumbo Double Dare, my first race challenge.
20. WDW Half at marathon weekend.
21. Shamrock Half Marathon, which is a huge local race.
22. A mud run!  With one of my dearest friends...
23. Was a running buddy in two Girls on the Run events.

And in non-running related things...
24. I started a new project at work with a better commute and am lucky enough to work with some great people and fabulous clients.
25. I ate some cupcakes.
26. I watched as one of my dearest friends was married last fall and was lucky enough to take part in their special ceremony.
27. Another dear friend welcomed a sweet baby boy this summer.
28. I decorated my house in pink and gold for Christmas last year.
29. I finally found some skinny jeans that work for me...with hearts!  Swoon!
30. I grew out my hair and worked on amping up my work wardrobe with fun shoes and accessories.
31. I was lucky enough to get to share my love for my alma mater's engineering program through their admissions volunteer program.

Cheers to another fabulous year!
{Christine}

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing year :) Happy early birthday!

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  2. I love this, Christine!! Happy early birthday! I hope this year is your best yet! Pink and Gold Christmas...I LOVE! I bet it was adorable! :0)

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    1. Thanks Karen! Yea, it was fun, but required lots of trips to Michaels

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  3. I turned 31 back in May and kinda had a similar "lots of good things happening" moment. I also started running as a before 30 thing (ran my first 1/2 - the Princess- a few months before I turned 30). Congrats on all your have accomplished and will continue to accomplish! Keep up the great work! Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

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    1. How awesome! In forever grateful for that dumb list that got me running. :)

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  4. What a great year Christine!!! I wish you a very magical birthday tomorrow!!!

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  5. You did a LOT of great things this year girl! Happy early birthday!

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  6. Such great accomplishments in your 31st year! I'm sure I will say this again tomorrow, but Happy Birthday!

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  7. Christine, sounds like it has been a fantastic year!! You should be so proud of yourself. I love this self-reflection. Happpy Early Birthday!!!

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  8. What an awesome year! Happy early birthday! You rock!

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  9. Happy birthday! What a great way to reflect on an awesome year!

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