Here is a fun little highlight reel of this past year in some of my favorite pictures. I do like looking back, but only if it helps me move forward. If I thought 2013 was a year of transition, 2014 will be the year of change. My posting has been a little scarce as of late, but you know how it is…
Nina captured one of my favorite running pictures during one of my most awful running experiences. The temps that morning were sub zero and within the first mile of our uphill battle with Green Mountain, I hated this run. But man, when we got to the top and felt the sun on our faces, it was like heaven.
The first picture is from Jim’s birthday. I just think this picture is adorable. The other picture is Noah shoveling the driveway – that lasted about as long as if I were shoveling – 5 minutes.
While I was working in Winter Park up at the Wells Fargo Ski Cup, we were able to get Noah out on skis for the first time. That was cool… for like 10 minutes. I also went back to Tennessee to visit my family. Noah is a farm boy. He loves running all over the farm and his Pa likes the company.
I was starting to get into some good tough runs and races. The Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon 3rd place award is hands down my favorite award. Super cool.
I was bumping up my running mileage and doing some pretty epic (for me) long runs on some serious terrain. I also ran a marathon as a training run- that just sounds ridiculous. Yoga was taking an important role in my ultra marathon training. It was also at this time when I started contemplating stepping away from my job and pursuing a career change (overextended at work- I can’t say no very well, not enough pay- uh, hello non-profit, it started leading to general unhappiness and frustration levels rising).
A trip to San Diego was at the start of the month and my North Fork 50K was at the end.
July was a silly busy month filled with lots of wonderful things, but man, it was non stop. Work special events, Grandpa and Sukie visit from North Carolina, a trip back to Tennessee, The EPIC Relays as an all girl Ultra team, pacing Lil Megan for her first 50 Miler at Leadville. It was a big month.
I saw some down time in my running. Yoga picked up some momentum with me. Noah was the hit of Camp Discovery (an outdoor adventure camp for women in wheelchairs, it was our 5th year). And the end of the month marked the end of my employment with National Sports Center for the Disabled. It was sad to go because I got to do some really cool stuff, but it was time.
Colorado decided to have this wonderful weather that I totally took advantage of whenever possible and hit the trails with my girls. We took Noah to see his very first movie: Despicable Me 2. Got in to Boston 2014. I got another tattoo. I ran with lil Megan again for the 9 hour and 11 minute tribute. I only ran 27 miles, Megan ran like 50 miles.
Running slowed back down a bit but I still managed to get out and enjoy the extended Fall Colorado was having this year. I also got to spend some time with some of my favorite peeps for Challenged Athletes Foundation San Diego Triathlon. Noah and I hit up the pumpkin patch and fall carnivals. And we all ended the month in our Despicable Me costumes.
I was sewing a lot. I made a t-shirt quilt, lots of bags, purses and some race bib tote bags. Plus some abc books for family and friends. Jim and Noah went to North Carolina for Thanksgiving while I made my rounds with some friends.
And if you have made it this far, I’m impressed. Happy New Year. It’s going to be a big one!