Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Running and Books

Once again, I read a lot of books this year! Not my best year, but work and school caused me to read some academic related books as opposed to my fun, fiction reads! The starred (*) books are the ones I recommend.

  1. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keys
  2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari*
  3. Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
  4. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  5. New York by Edward Rutherford*
  6. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keys
  7. Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keys
  8. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  9. A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman*
  10. Hatteras Girl by Leslie Wisler
  11. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand*
  12. The Assistants by Camille Perri*
  13. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand*
  14. Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand*
  15. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand*
  16. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson*
  17. I Still Dream of You by Fannie Flagg*
  18. Babyville by Jane Green*
  19. Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves*
  20. The Housewife and the Actor by Shannon Hale
  21. Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
  22. No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood by Henriette Mantel
  23. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  24. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson*
  25. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  26. Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
  27. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
  28. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult*
  29. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  30. Deadline by Sandra Brown*
  31. Turning Tables by Heather and Rose McDowall
  32. Boys on the Boat by James Brown*
  33. Drowning Ruth by Christina Swartz*
I also ran a lot this year! I set personal records (PR) in the 15k, 10k, 5k and half marathon (I PRed twice!). Sadly, no full marathon PR due to getting the flu, but overall, it was a great running year! Click here to see all my records and races! My total miles for the year are about 1382, which is lower than my 1414 from 2015 BUT I blame that on my un-run marathon and the week of non-running due to illness:)

My running goals for next year actually includes running FEWER races (trying to save more $) and doing two marathons in the fall- Chicago and Richmond! I am excited to run more for fun and less for time...thankfully, setting so many PR's this last year takes the pressure off and let's me enjoy my miles for my mental, physical and emotional health rather than the clock time. 2017 will be the year of LESS pressure on myself and MORE enjoyment of my hobby!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy NEW YEAR! GOODBYE 2016!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Holiday Season 2016

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! After many holiday parties and festivities, I got off work on December 16th with two glorious weeks off! It is my favorite break of the year, so I had to celebrate accordingly.

Therefore....I went on a cruise to the Caribbean! My sister in law and I went out of Fort Lauderdale via Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas for a relaxing 6 day adventure.


Grand Cayman Island



Costa Maya, Mexico 




Cozumel, Mexico



I lounged A LOT, got a lot of sun, played a lot of trivia , ate a lot of food and read a lot of (3) books!


Then I spent Christmas with my favorite niece, June!



We snuggled a lot...


Since then, I have visited some friends, met a lot of babies, watched TV, run and will be enjoying a low key New Years! Get ready for my year end book list coming tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Long Time No Talk!

Well helllllo!

It's been 6 months since my last post, and I have been recently getting the urge to post again! I really enjoyed the break and my step back from blogging, but I did miss posting some days. I won't be a regular poster, but I do think I am ready to get back into the blogging game for a little bit!

So what have I been doing? Well, much of the same! I started a new job in July, so I have been adjusting to my new school and my new role and it has been wonderful! I was definitely a good decision! I work at my alma mater (high school) as the Counseling Director, which is fun, but also feels very different than when I went here, so that separation has been great.

I also am almost done with this semester of school! I took two classes this semester- an Educational Measurement class on creating test and survey instruments and a Qualitative Research class. I have enjoyed the content of both classes very much, and I finish completely for the semester on December 14th! I have some presentations between now and then, but I am pretty much done. It is hard to believe next semester is my LAST of classes! BUT I have a lot to do- taking two courses, teaching a course (same one I did last spring) and then my qualifying exam and comprehensive exam....THEN I get to start writing! I have my topic and chair, though, so I am feeling good and excited to get started! This program has flown by and overall been really great. I still don't know for sure what I will do with it, but I am looking forward to having options (like not paying tuition and making more $$$)!

As for racing- oh, what a fall! I was all trained for the Richmond Marathon, feeling great and having completed THREE 20 miler runs, and I woke up the day of the race with a 102 degree fever and the FLU. It was awful, but there was no way I could race. It took me about 10 days to get over the flu (please get flu shot)! I was able to run a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 10k, and instead of finding another marathon, I ran a half marathon this past weekend the Blue and Gray in Fredericksburg) and ended up setting a personal record! SO that was exciting and at least made me feel like the marathon training was for SOMETHING. It was a hard pill to swallow to miss it, but feeling as bad as I did made it a little better. There will always be another race!

Besides all that, I became an aunt in October (!), attended a lot of baby showers, and traveled to New Orleans this fall for a conference. It has been a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to the holidays!

I will check in again soon!