Wow! Two days until 2016…I was writing the “week end” date on a piece of paper at work the other day and, upon writing “1/2/2016” I said, “Is it really 2016 already?!?!” It’s so crazy to me how this year has passed (even though I say/feel like that every year) and how many things have changed! It’s equally exciting though! 2015 has been a crazy great year!
January: January started off with me being injured, so I wasn’t running much. I had a hip flexor strain, sustained at the Tough Mudder in November 2014, so I did a LOT of yoga this month. It was nice to change up the fitness routine a bit, but I did miss running! I ran one race this month- the St. Pete Beach Classic- where I NAILED my 10k PR by almost 5 minutes! This happened right after loosing my uncle to lymphoma; I’m pretty sure he was with me that day. I miss your corny jokes and collard greens, Troy!
February: OCR season began with a bang- Spartan Tampa Sprint was my first OCR this month. It wasn’t my best race as I hadn’t been training properly, but it definitely taught me about my strengths and weaknesses and I was happy to be a finisher. I also found out late in January that I was a Pro Compression ambassador for 2015- it was so exciting because I LOVE Pro! I took this picture (below) and got a LOT of media attention for it 🙂 I also had to make the extremely difficult decision to pull out of the Princess Half marathon due to a lack of training- I deferred my registration to 2016.
March: Did someone say OCR heaven? I traveled to Pensacola this month to participate in the first Tough Mudder event of the year at the Gulf Coast- luckily, my family lives right in the backyard of where they held it, so it worked out great. We ran the event then spent the week hanging out and bumming around- it was a great, relaxing week. We even drove over to New Orleans and explored the city for a bit! I also ran my first Savage Race two weeks later and became a blogger for MudRunFun, the team I do OCR events with.
April: Signing up for Iron Girl half marathon last minute was a pretty impulsive decision but I’m glad I did it! I really had my heart set on completing my first half marathon this spring. Even though it was super hot and kind of miserable when the sun came up, my first half was a great race and holds a special place for me. I definitely learned a lot about myself during that event- how strong and resilient I could be and what I needed to work on as a runner. I also found out this month that I was an ambassador for Skirt Sports, an amazing company of women who are fun, fierce and strong!
May: This month seemed to go by pretty fast- I participated in the Rugged Maniac OCR with my BRF Krystal from the Runner Within. It was her first OCR and I was super proud of her for completing it with me! I also traveled to Atlanta the following weekend to run my first Battlefrog race- while I’m definitely glad I ran it, I underestimated the challenge. After that event, I didn’t really want to race for a while. Burn out happened, so I took some time off of running.
June: This was a “no run” month for me. As I mentioned above, I was burned out big time after the Battlefrog Atlanta race so I focused on other methods of fitness this month instead. I took a few boxing classes- whew those are no joke! It was a pretty tame month- mainly just working and hanging out with friends and family.
July: I still wasn’t running very much this month, but I did have a “fun run” at Mud Endeavor. Originally I had planned to do this with my good friend who was getting married later in the year, but she backed out last minute. This is the event that got me ‘back in the game’ as far as running went- it was fun and it reminded me why I love this sport. This is also the month I lost my original blog (and all my original content!) and had to start back from scratch. That was annoying.
August: A lot happened this month! It started out with one of my good friends getting married- the first weekend was her bachelorette party and the second weekend was her wedding. I got back into training full time and logged another 50+ mile month. Later in the month I went to Universal Studios with some friends to celebrate my birthday. We met up with more friends later that evening in Orlando for dinner. It was a really great weekend!
September: I ran the Hooters2Hooters 10k again this month, logging a little over a minute and thirty second PR from the first time I ran the course in September 2014. It was my very first 10k so I wanted to go back and run it again to see how much I had improved. It’s hard to figure those things out when its 80 degrees outside though. After that, I had an injury scare- I hurt my back at work and ended up being out for a week from work and running. Eventually I went to get a few sports massages which seemed to correct the issue, so I’m pretty sure it was a severely strained muscle, but it was still scary! One of my best friends (and one member of my “crew”) came back from her job aboard Carnival Cruise lines this month too! It was so great to see her again after 6 months on her ship! I’m glad she decided to stick around for a while- I missed her tons!
October: Talk about crazy months! My best friend from college got married this month and it was pretty insane for everyone! My month started off with meeting up with Ali from Hit the Ground Running for a run at a local park. We hadn’t seen each other since middle school so it was great to get in touch again! The following weekend I went to the bachelorette party for my friend Alicia and the weekend after that was her wedding. Everything went pretty well, including my MOH speech- which was probably the part I was looking forward to least because I hate speaking in public! The next weekend I was asked to be a part of a team to help Savage Race film their promotional video for a new offering- a VIP experience! It was a super fun day and a much needed stress relief from all the wedding stuff! We ended this month with a Halloween party with my friends- we dressed as Power Rangers!
November: We started out this month by traveling to Palm Bay on the other coast to go to Tough Mudder Central Florida. It had been years since I’d been to the east coast, so it was nice to go over there again, even if we didn’t get to do much outside the race. We volunteered Saturday and ran Sunday which is always a fun time. I look forward to Tough Mudder events every year! The rest of the month was pretty tame in comparison- I worked, attended my other good friend’s baby’s first birthday party (how is he 1 already???) and survived another Black Friday weekend!
December: Another month filled with travels- this time to Miami for the Spartan Race Sprint and then a weekend in Orlando for the Battlefrog Championship Race. It was nice to start the month out with some vacation time from work to travel and do what I love. It was also great to see my sorority sister Crystal and her family again! It had been four years since I’d seen her, so it was great to catch up. Plus she made an amazing hostess- definitely better than staying in a hotel! 🙂 It was a fun filled two weeks, but it all had to come to an end. I spent a few weeks working several hours extra due to the crazy holiday schedule. I also joined a gym to work on strength training and registered for my first competitive race for 2016! Then I had 3 Christmas celebrations- one with my mom, one with my dad and one with my friends!
This has been a great year and I can’t believe it’s already ending! I’ve been a part of several awesome running communities, represented some great fitness-related companies (shout out to Pro Compression and Skirt Sports!) made deeper friendships with some people and ended some friendships with others. I’ve gotten back in touch with several people I haven’t been in touch with in a long time and had a bunch of fun with my team MudRunFun! If 2015 was fun, 2016 is looking like it will be even better!
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