December 30, 2015

Saying goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016

 When Adam and I rang in the New Year in Montreal, I thought to myself "yea, 2015, this is going to be a good year." And it wasn't just good, it was fantastic. Sometimes there are years that pass like normal but this definitely wasn't one of those years.
January 1, 2015 in Montreal


Normally when I reflect upon the past year on the blog, I think of the many impactful moments from running. In 2015, running didn't dominate my thoughts or activities. On some level, it feels a bit strange to be writing this post and not feel super excited about my running accomplishments. Of course it was part of my life, but there were so many other things that seemed to matter more...

My favorite memory: Of course, my 2015 highlight was marrying my best friend on a blazing hot summer afternoon with 40 of our closest family and friends. So much of the spring and summer was dominated by whirlwind wedding planning. When I think back on being engaged for 11 weeks and planning a wedding in that time frame, I scratch my head and quite simply cannot believe that we managed to pull it off. I'm glad we did though because let's face it, being married is way better than engaged.
Someday this photo will be blown up on a beautiful canvas in our home. Someday being the operative word here. 
My best race: The spring feels like a lifetime ago and I nearly forgot that I ran two race challenges this year including the Glass Slipper Challenge in February. I had a single goal at Glass Slipper - run a PR in the 10k. I was hoping for a sub-50 time and just barely missed it with a 50:10. But that time was still good for a very solid PR. And it would ultimately be my only PR this year.

Adventures: In terms of traveling, I saw a few new places - Montreal, Scottsville, VA (near Charlottesville), and St. Paul, Minnesota. Scottsville and St. Paul both happened during marathon training. I loved running along the Mississippi River in St. Paul and it served as a bit of quiet time for me while I was with Adam's family (hey, everyone needs their time!).
Exploring the sculpture garden in neighboring Minneapolis

The unexpected race: I never planned to run a marathon this year, much less try to start training immediately after getting married. Want to hear a weird coincidence? I received the news that I had obtained a spot in the MCM lottery during the same week we were engaged. The training didn't go terribly well. I was overwhelmed at work and simply lacked the energy (and motivation?) to nail the training runs. But regardless of finish times, I am lucky to have a wonderful racing buddy. It was so fun to get to share another Marine Corps Marathon weekend with Danielle...and I have a feeling there will be more of these in our future!
Celebrating our finishes
The hardest most courageous thing: In September, I said goodbye to my job and took on a 3 month leave of absence. And this month, I submitted my formal resignation. I am proud that I knew I needed to leave. I am proud that I knew I needed a change and some time to breathe. While it hasn't been an easy time for me (or our family for that matter), I am hopeful for the future...that I would have the same courage to make hard decisions in the future.

Making new memories at the holidays: For a variety of reasons, Adam and I planned our honeymoon over the Thanksgiving holiday. When we woke up that morning, we sat on our balcony and face timed with each of our families. Then we headed to breakfast and off for a hike on an oceanfront trail. Our dinner was at a luau where we indulged in kalua pig, lomi-lomi salmon, and other island delicacies. I joked that we should add one of these Hawaiian dishes to our future Thanksgiving meals. And I think we will.
Hiking in Kauai on Thanksgiving. The views were amazing! 
Best run of 2015: Running a marathon, running a new PR, and spectating the Boston marathon were pretty amazing. Without a doubt, my favorite and most happy run was our informal 5k on our wedding morning. I remember feeling very nervous that morning and a short run with my best girls was a pretty good shakeout for my nerves. We also got lots of attention from other runners and bikers who were out that morning. Pretty surprising, right?

The before shot is a lot less sweaty than the after shot
As I close this post, I guess you can say that 2015 was the year of the unexpected and unplanned for me. I'm still wrestling with my goals and plans for 2016, but like many, I enjoy the opportunity for a new chapter and a clean slate. While I don't have any races on my 2016 calendar, I'm sure I'll be out on the road at some point.

So it's your turn to share, what are some of your best or most surprising memories from 2015?
{Christine}

17 comments:

  1. 2015 was a really interesting year for me as well but definitely not as exciting as yours! I'm excited to follow your journey next year and to see where life takes you! :)

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    1. Thanks Courtney! Maybe 2016 will be the year when we actually meet IRL! :)

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  2. 2015 was definitely an exciting year for you! I love that the best run of the year was the pre-wedding 5k :)

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    1. Haha thanks Chaitali! :) It was pretty fun and how could anything top that??

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  3. So many awesome things this year for you both. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings you!

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    1. Thank you - happy new year to you as well!

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  4. Goodness, what a year! Full of hard work and wonderful surprises. Well done for being brave with your decision to take a break from work. I'm leaving my job tomorrow after 13 years as I need time away too. It's not easy but change is good and you need to look after yourself. Best wishes for next year and good luck x

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    1. Best of luck to you as well Juliet! Walking away from a job can be terrifying but also incredibly liberating. Enjoy your next chapter and happy new year!

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  5. Even though there were a lot of "unexpected" things that happened in 2015, I think I was a great year for you! I definitely think you need to add a Hawaiian dish to your thanksgiving meal! Many years from now your children ( and grandchildren) will ask why you make that certain dish and you can tell them that you've done it every year since your thanksgiving anniversary trip to Hawaii! What a great tradition that would be! -M

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    1. Aw yes, that is such a good thought. I hope 2016 starts off well for you at Mickey Marathon! :)

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  6. I meant to say "IT was a great year for you" Not "I" was a great year....lol

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  7. One of the best things of 2015 was choosing to become healthier and take better care of myself.Not nearly as exciting as yours! Have a happy new year.

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    1. Taking care of yourself is so important and definitely something that is easy to overlook when life gets crazy. Keep it up and best wishes for a fabulous 2016!

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  8. I don't know what prompted you to take the leave of absence and ultimately resign from your job. I'm having a love-hate relationship with my job. I'm considering leaving because it is so stressful. But what to do? I'm glad I had such a great year running--it really helped balance everything out.

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    1. Hey Wendy, I left because the stress was simply too much. You can read more here if you're interested: http://www.tworunnerstravel.com/2015/09/where-in-world-is-christine-blogger.html.
      I hope you're able to get some relief as I know firsthand how challenging a situation that can be...when work is simply too much and there aren't many options on the table. Take care of you and best wishes for 2016!

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  9. 2015 was an amazing year for you! Thank you for sharing and Happy 2016.

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    1. Thanks girl! Best wishes for a fantastic 2016 for you!

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