|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.|
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|
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!|
|The before shot is a lot less sweaty than the after shot|
So it's your turn to share, what are some of your best or most surprising memories from 2015?