2013 You. Were. Awesome.

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Tuesday: 4 miles easy 8:47/pace, 1 hour of Olympic Lifts (even though I was just learning form, 35 and 45 pound bars are heavy and i’m still sore)

Wednesday: Rest

2013 was a fantastic year for my running life, traveling, & personal life. I kicked off the year visiting Los Angeles for the first time and loved every second of it.

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Abbie & Mom ❤

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Beautiful view from my morning run in California

I went on a trip to Nashville for the first time, for a friend’s 21st birthday. It was epic, and I actually loved Nashville. This is a pic of all of us, minus the 3 chicks in the background– they totally photo bombed us.

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Printer’s Alley

 Cameron and I flew to back home to Chicago in July for his cousin’s wedding. We got to get our fill of deep dish pizza & local brews all while looking like frickin’ models. Okay, we didn’t look like models, BUT at the wedding reception the photo wall made us feel like it 😉

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Cameron, Juliana, Aunt Julie, Me & Chris.

And I got the chance to hang out with my veryextremelyalmostuncomfortablyclose friend 🙂 Marie is a doll, and we’re overdue for a reunion!

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Stella Happens.

In October, Cameron and I took a real life grown up vacation to Ocho Rios, Jamaica! It was so much fun and relaxing. If you want to see my posts on Jamaica, check them out here and here. I definitely will return to the Caribbean one day.

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In 2013 Cameron and I got to see some amazing live shows. We are both musicians so seeing our favorite bands live is something we do often. We saw Sigur Ros, Postal Service, Animal Collective, Say Anything, Eisley, Bonobo, El Ten Eleven, Wavves… and the most important…

Sir Paul McCartney.

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The reason it was such an amazing concert, besides the fact he put on one of the best shows i’ve ever seen, was because earlier in the day Cameron proposed to me here:

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This was a place we hung out the first day we met.

Okay, on with the running stuff! I’ll do an upcoming post on the differences of running this year compared to the past, but for now just a quick recap so 2013 can be left in 2013.

During 2013 I cut 11:22 off of my 1/2 marathon PR from 2012. I ran the most races i’ve ever run in a calendar year and also hit 1068 annual miles which was a high for me. I did my first ever 5K’s some were serious and I placed in age groups & had a 3rd place finish & some 5K’s were fun and messy.

At the finish- I placed 2nd in my age group.

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Oh and I started this blog.. 🙂 2013 was a great year. I feel accomplished, centered, strong and young as ever. I’m ready to see what 2014 has in store for me. I’ll be blogging next about my annual goals in the next post. Hope you enjoyed my yearly review!

What is your top goal for 2014?

 

 

Author: She's Going the Distance

Runner!

5 thoughts on “2013 You. Were. Awesome.

  1. I love Nashville! And Jamaica for that matter 😉

    Top running goal for this year is a sub-1:30 half, top non-running goal is finishing my dissertation!

  2. Looks like you had an amazing year! My main goal is a career change coming up, and also to be more deliberate with how I’m spending my time (so if I’m enjoying something, actually enjoy it, and not just go through the motions). Can’t wait to hear yours!

  3. What an awesome year for you guys! I have enjoyed your blog these last couple of months … and now Cameron’s! Enjoy planning your wedding – Lisa and I were talking about some things from ours this morning over coffee … it stays with you forever!

  4. That was a big year, wow! I wish I had big, exciting goals for this year but…nope. Just stay healthy and keep my business afloat, that’s all.

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