2016 Catch-Up

A few things have changed since November, and I think a little catch-up is necessary before we move forward. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • I did find my wedding dress in NYC that weekend, and it was out of some kind of Kleinfeld fairytale. The best part? Having those women below join me. My brothers and Dad even made the trip and did a little alternative sight-seeing while we shopped. Wedding planning hasn’t always been at the forefront of my mind the past couple of months (see the next two things), but pieces are coming along as we reach the six month countdown this week! It’s going to be a beautiful day on Mackinac Island.
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Aunt, grandmother, mother, me, oldest cousin, little sister❤
  • Most importantly, I defended my thesis and officially received my MPH in January. I cannot fully describe how liberating it was to finish. I did it, I did it, I did it!
  • As expected, this celebration was quickly followed by a long, frustrating, job hunt. 
  • Alex bought a fancy road bike and a trainer over the winter, and I discovered that if I move the seat alllll the way down, I can use it too! I’ve been putting in some cross training without having to leave my apartment, and I think it made the following possible despite decreased running mileage over the winter…
  • I trained and ran the United NYC Half Marathon in March – my second half! I’ll post a recap up here before I lose memory of all of the details. I think a combination of the rolling hills in the first half and the cold weather irritated my ITB during the second portion of the race (it wasn’t a previous injury I’d been tending to), but I still had an incredible time running through the city, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • I ran/walked the Cherry Blossom 5K after opting out of the 10-Miler to continue letting my ITB rest. It was a cold one, but I was still happy to (kind of) cross this race off my DC bucket list.

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  • I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay with my fellow Oiselle birds over the weekend, and it was so worth the cold and my mud-drenched Hokas.

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  • As I’ve mentioned once before, I’m thrilled to be running the New York City Marathon this November and raising money for Every Mother Counts. I’m visiting a PT on Monday to check out my ITB, make me aware of any areas in need of a little special strengthening attention, and overall, make sure I get to that start line strong and healthy:-)

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Thank you to Running with Spoons for hosting today’s Thinking Out Loud link-up!

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Hello, again.

This blog is back! I’m not sure how I let 4+ months pass without tending to it. I’ve spent so much time thinking about returning to this little space on the internet, but week after week, that plan never really took off.

There are a couple reasons why I’ve finally returned.

First, I missed documenting my running progress (and set-backs). It’s nice to be able to look back on an online journal and revisit not only my training but the details of a nerve-wracking/celebratory/awesome race day.

Second, I had a big shot of inspiration from my fellow Oiselle birds at the North Face Endurance Race Marathon Relay over the weekend. It was wonderful to be surrounded by incredible women and learn about their upcoming races and goals, and ultimately just soak in Oiselle team love.

Third, I’m about to begin training for my biggest race yet: the marathon! And not just any marathon, the New York City Marathon. Two years after one of my very best friends Emily ran it, where I told myself, “You’re going to do this too someday,” I am! I chose to raise money for Every Mother Counts in lieu of entering the lottery, and I think it’s going to make the race even more important for me.

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Hugging Emily at NYCM 2014

I’m excited! It feels good to be back.

Thank you to MCM Mama Runs My No-Guilt Life, and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for hosting Tuesdays on the Run!