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I can’t believe it’s (almost) not 2013!

Holy balls, it is December of 2013. This has been one of the most ridiculously huge years for myself and my family, and now I need to figure out how to bring it home. So for the first Time Capsule Thursday, I am literally going to go ahead and do a mini-Year In Review to catch you up on why this year has been so epic for us.

January:

I started off January sitting in the restaurant in VA with my coworkers and fiancé, laughing and having fun. Mid-January we mailed off our wedding invites and started and finalized our honeymoon plans. I worked it like a Vegas stripper and worked 55 hr weeks at the restaurant for consecutive restaurant weeks.

I can't wait to talk about Orzo. Working there with Chef Tommy and the boys was truly one of the best culinary experiences of my life, and I really, really miss that direct communication with the kitchen. This was the special Farmer's Harvest beet salad we ran for a few days in early January--Beet chips, beet meringue, beet tartare, red kale.

I can’t wait to talk about Orzo. Working there with Chef Tommy and the boys was truly one of the best culinary experiences of my life, and I really, really miss that direct communication with the kitchen. This was the special Farmer’s Harvest beet salad we ran for a few days in early January–Beet chips, beet meringue, beet tartare, red kale.

I ended January by participating in the Virtual Run for Sandy Hook and officially committed to Team Challenge for the 3rd time for the Chicago Allstate 13.1 in June.

February:

Alex made his final selections for residency, and we sent our hopes off into the ether. I meanwhile contemplated taking on a marathon.

Actually a picture from May, but we also went to Duner's for our 4.5 year anniversary.

Actually a picture from May, but we also went to Duner’s for our 4.5 year anniversary.

March:

I signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon with Runners World Challenge, which I signed up for while sitting in the infusion chair getting Remicade #badass #crohnscantstopme. At the end of that week, Alex and I learn that we will be moving to Chicago, and I/we start to try to find an apartment and a job. We are successful with neither (nod of those has a happy ending). We close out March with Alex’s bday!

Match Day 2013!!!!

Match Day 2013!!!!

April:

I start off April full of hope and spirit and immediately get sick as a dog. Alex gets to see me vommy I’ll for the first time since we met, and then leaves for Vegas for his bachelor party and my mom comes up to visit because I am supposed to run the Charlottesville Half Marathon. I go to the expo, etc, but the next morning I make a game time decision and opt out. I will run my own, non-rushing-for-the-bathroom half, without the support stations, bathrooms, and def without the hill up Garth Road. Mom and I go for a walk and get brunch. Alex returns from Vegas the next night, and the 3 of us drive to Atlanta.

Birthday Dessert at One Midtown Kitchen.

Birthday Dessert at One Midtown Kitchen.

There we celebrate my birthday, take our Engagement pics, do our menu tasting, and return to Cville. I get my 13.1 revenge 1 week after I was supposed to race, and the next day is the Boston Marathon. Next weekend I am back in ATL for my first fitting and walk thru! Back to Cville for a colonoscopy. Yeahhhh but make up for it with a great running weekend and seeing one of my best friends.

May:

Wedding in Cville and a trip to Kings Dominion as a treat for Alex first weekend, wedding (that I was in) in ATL for one of my oldest friends the next, then packing and Alex’s med school graduation,

WOOOOO FINALLY

WOOOOO FINALLY

moving to Chicago, and finally ATL for our wedding! (See post 1) Whisked off to Europe and bridge the gap in London, Paris…..

June:

Paris and Rome. Back, a night in Atlanta (my last night in my childhood home), and Alex, Mom, and I fly to Chicago, I run Allstate 13.1 Chicago with Team Challenge (PR!), Mom leaves and Alex and I are on our own.

Yessss. yessssssssssss.

Yessss. yessssssssssss.

Cue 10 days of buying, constructing, transferring, and exploring, and Alex starts residency. Within all of that, I get a weird injury that sends me to PT a month later and unable to run for about 3-4 weeks.

July:

The month of doctors and my return to waitressing. We finally OFFICIALLY change my name, and I start PT with Melissa (arg I miss her!)

August:

Montrose Harbor prior to the ZOOMA Half.

Montrose Harbor prior to the ZOOMA Half.

I run the inaugural ZOOMA Chicago Half, continue to ramp up my mileage and go to PT. Start to work with Landmarks and Skyline, but the last weekend, I run my first 16 miler (during which I EAT it on the pavement) and Alex and I adopt Zoe.

September:

So Proud of myself and my body.

So Proud of myself and my body.

Starts off with 18 perfect miles and my 22 miler including the Chicago Half the following weekend. And my ITB starts to fritz. The rest of the runs between the Chicago half and MCM are hit and miss,and I have my first (but not last!) DNFs. Alex’s parents visit us the last weekend of the month, and I continue to struggle with my mysterious injuries.

October:

Yeah I'm BFF with Bart Yasso. We already know that I'm a big deal, so this should come as no surprise.

Yeah I’m BFF with Bart Yasso. We already know that I’m a big deal, so this should come as no surprise.

Alex gets a full week off of work mid month, and we go to Richmond for the wedding of come close friends. The next weekend is MCM, for which my mom flies up. I am scared $#*+less the night before and morning of, but the race turns out better than I could’ve hoped for, and I am thankful for ever mile, and I negative split the whole thing. Plus I get to have dinner with one of my best friends at one of my favorite restaurants in one of my favorite places (Old town Alexandria). And I become BFFs with Bart Yasso and STUFT Mama.

November:

My lovely fam.

My lovely fam.

One of my best friends runs her first marathon (NYCM), and after a week off from running, and I get the itch again. 3 runs on the tm later, and I start to remember what pain-free running feels like. I have a fairly serious depression for 2 weeks, but one day wake up and snap out of it. In the midst of my depression, our newly married friends stay with us for a bit longer than we had planned,and Zoe has to go to the emergency vet because she prefers a hunger strike to eating. Charming. She rebounds, I rebound, I join Swirlgear, continue PAIN FREE running, and then we come to the cooking and hosting extravaganza that is Thanksgiving.

Plans for December:

December is going to be a month of work for me, but we also plan to have some fun mixed in there. I am hoping to see the Joffrey Ballet perform The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theater, one of the most famous and historic theaters in the country. The architecture nerd in me is sooooo pumped, and Alex has never seen a ballet or The Nutcracker, so I feel like it will be a good night for all. I also really want to see a performance at the Lyric Opera, but we’ll have to see about that. We plan on reconnecting with some friends who are finally on easier rotations (as will Alex). Alex and I will be celebrating our First Married Christmas together, so that is obviously a big deal, even if he will likely be working that day.

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