What a year 2015 has been! At this time a year ago, I never imagined how much my life would change over the course of a year, let alone that I’d be sitting here writing my year end blog post while anxiously awaiting the arrival of my little running partner.
Though I usually wait until the last week of the year to write my year in review post (you can read last year’s post here and my 2013 post here), with the little guy due to arrive any day now, I figured it was better to write the post a tad early than attempting to throw something together last minute.
I spent much of January focused on training for Shamrock Half Marathon. Despite how well my training had been going and my “no excuses” approach to my training cycle, my training was disrupted on January 28th when I was involved in a five car accident on my way home from work. I’m beyond thankful that after a short break from training that I was able to resume training, though my training plan had to be modified in order manage my back pain after the car accident.
Much of the month of February was spent recovering from the car accident and making adjustments in all aspects of my life – from work to my training and at home. On a brighter note, I spent the month of February participating in my first blog hop, hosted by Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner. With my limited physical capabilities during the month of February, the timing of the blog hop worked out perfectly, and I attribute much of the growth of my blog this past year to the interactions I had with other bloggers during the blog hop and the knowledge that I gained from my participation in the hop.
March was an exciting month for a handful of reasons. Early in the month I ran my first two races of the year at the St. Patrick’s Day Double (5k followed by 10k). The weather the day of the races was anything but ideal, so I was beyond proud of myself for still going out and running two strong races. I also completed my training for Shamrock, and then headed to Virginia Beach with Preston and my friend Kathleen to complete the Dolphin Challenge (8k on Saturday followed by the half marathon on Sunday). It was an exciting weekend since all three of us PRed at the half marathon, and we got to celebrate with a number of other bloggers who were also in Virginia Beach for Shamrock weekend. Preston and I ended the exciting month by heading to Florida for a much needed vacation/birthday celebration for me. And it was on this trip that we conceived our little guy!
We started the month off in Florida with the second half of our vacation. Not only did we enjoy time at the beach during our vacation, but we also spent a couple of days at Disney World and went to a Phillies Spring Training game. I also ran three more races – the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, Jaguar 5k, and Manassas Runway 10k – and set my current 5k and 10k PRs at two of those races. The highlight of April for Preston and I was finding out that we were pregnant! After months of trying to get pregnant, it was exciting, and a bit surreal, to find out that our efforts had finally been successful!
At the beginning of May I was officially released from my post-accident chiropractor treatment, though I have continued to see him on a regular basis since then for follow up as well to help in alleviating the usual aches and pains associated with pregnancy. I also kicked off training in May for my fifth half marathon – Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach. When I started my training, I knew that this training cycle would be unique since I was pregnant, but since Preston and I hadn’t publicly shared our news yet I couldn’t fully disclose all of the circumstances of the early weeks of my half marathon training here on the blog. In May I also received the exciting news that I’d been selected as a Fit Foodie Ambassador for their June race in Fairfax.
June was a very exciting month. I ran another race – the Fit Foodie 5k – and found out that I was selected to be a For Two Fitness Ambassador. At the end of June I also wrapped up my seventh year of teaching. But the most exciting part of June was that since I had started the second trimester of my pregnancy Preston and I finally felt comfortable publicly sharing our exciting news about Baby Thayer. And my follow up post to our announcement in which I answered a number of readers’ baby questions was one of most read posts of the entire year.
Preston and I kicked off July by running the annual Firecracker 5k with Team RWB. What made this year’s race unique was the pouring rain that we had to face during the majority of the race, which put a bit of a damper on the usual post race social gathering. We also flew to Seattle to celebrate the wedding of two of my college friends. Since neither Preston or I had been to Seattle before, it was fun to spend a long weekend exploring a new to us city, as well as spending time catching up with some of my college friends. And then we ended the month celebrating our four year wedding anniversary.
August was a very busy and exciting month. At the beginning of the month we had our gender ultrasound, but decided to keep the envelope sealed for 2.5 weeks and to reveal the baby’s gender at Disney World. We had to delay traveling for a couple of weeks since in between the ultrasound and our trip I was a bridesmaid in my friend Jen’s wedding and we also traveled to New Jersey for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. When we finally got to Disney World, we were very excited to open the envelope with Mickey and to find out that we’re expecting a baby boy. We spent a couple of days at Disney, and then finished our babymoon with several days relaxing at the beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Preston and I spent Labor Day weekend in Virginia Beach, where I completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge (mile on the sand on Saturday followed by the half marathon on Sunday). This was my first of two half marathons that I completed while pregnant, and just crossing the finish line was an accomplishment in and of itself. In addition to the Rock ‘n’ Roll races, I also ran two other races in September – the Dulles Day 5k and the Clarendon Day 10k. We also celebrated the pending arrival Baby Thayer at our baby shower with lots of friends and family.
The highlight of October was completing my sixth half marathon and my second one while pregnant. There were many days during my last weeks of training that I doubted my ability to complete Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia on Halloween morning, but the baby and I were able to successfully run/walk the race. How many people can say that they completed a half marathon at 32 weeks pregnant?!?
The month of November marked a huge change to my fitness routine. The last time that I ran was the three miles of Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly that I ran on Halloween. Since then, I’ve had too much round ligament pain to continue running, and I also found out that I had developed pelvic synthesis separation, so at the beginning of November I turned my attention to focusing more on the elliptical, walking, and weight training when I felt up to it. However, my workouts became more and more inconsistent as the month progressed, and by mid-month I stopped posting a weekly training recap.
Much of the month of December was spent doing last minute preparations around the house for Baby Thayer’s arrival. I also had to stop working out at 38.5 weeks pregnant due to severe lower back pain. However, when I took the time to look back at the number of miles that I ran, walked, and logged on the elliptical during my pregnancy, it was quite impressive to see all that I had accomplished during my pregnancy. Sure, it was frustrating to face the reality that I could no longer keep up the fit pregnancy that I had successfully been able to for the majority of my pregnancy, but when you can’t even walk without being in pain then there’s not much else that you can do.
2015 was quite an incredible year! Not only did I run over 500 miles this past year, but I completed 14 races, most of which were while I was pregnant. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me, especially as I embark on the journey of motherhood!
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my other 2015 recaps:
QOTD: What accomplishment from 2015 are you most proud of?