It's hard to believe that 2016 is already here. Before turning the page on 2015, I thought I'd share some highlights from the year. These past twelve months brought many exciting milestones, both in running and life. January
We rang in the New Year in Charleston, South Carolina! We loved the southern charm of the city. We toured Ft. Sumter, Boon Hall, and ate at some great restaurants on King St. On the journey back, we stopped in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was a great road trip. I love the East coast!
...was cold. I started training for my spring marathon, the Toronto Marathon, and tried my best to get outside as much as possible. Reflecting now, I realize I ran more on the treadmill than outside, something I am trying to change in 2016. I also ran the Winterman
Half Marathon 10km in -40ºC with the windchill, and had to stop early because of frost bite. I still can't believe I honestly thought I was going to run a half marathon that day! We also celebrated my cousin and his lovely wife's 40th birthday and saw the Stars and Hey Rosetta! at the National Arts Centre.
...more snow, more treadmill running.
I ran the Toronto Marathon at the end of April. It wasn't the race I had planned, but it was marathon #11 nonetheless. My stomach flared up around 28km, and I struggled taking water and fuel. It if wasn't for my mom being on the course, I would have DNFd. Lessons learned.
We also adopted our kitty, Saxby, from the Ottawa Humane Society! She was a stray kitten and had been living outside for the past year. When she was brought to the Humane Society, half of her teeth had to be removed, and she needed to gain a few pounds. She's now perfectly content with condo living :)
I was so happy to cheer G on at his first 10k! Even if I'm not running, Ottawa Race Weekend is one of the BEST weekends in Ottawa.
In June we took a trip to Nova Scotia! We stayed with G's family in Halifax. It was my first time really spending some time out East. Some of the highlights include the Cabot Trail (a must do for any Canadian!), Peggy's Cove, and some delicious lobster.
My mom, sister and I ran the Nike Women's Toronto 15k! It was SO fun to run this race with them. Definitely a running highlight of the year. A week after the 15k, I ran a local half marathon in Ottawa. After the disappointing Toronto Marathon, I felt I needed a good race before starting training for my fall race, the Hamilton Marathon. I finished with a smile, and 2nd female overall.
July was pretty low-key. Summers are great in Ottawa, so it's pretty easy to enjoy some downtime in the city. I continued ramping up training for the Hamilton Marathon.
G proposed! This would be the top highlight of the year. I was so happy and surprised. What a special moment. Other than that, we moved, I launched thepacinglife.com and continued training for Hamilton :)
In training for the Hamilton Marathon, I ran my fifth Army Run Half Marathon in September. It was a great race! Despite not beating my PR, I finished in 1:44:09 and felt strong. Ottawa really is a great running city.
More training for the Hamilton Marathon. My coach assigned me a 22 week training plan, so October meant lots of long runs. I was so pleased with how this training cycle went down. I remained injury free and finished my long runs strong. As much as I loved actually running the Hamilton Marathon, training for this race is really what meant the most.
I can definitely say that if I had to pick a top month, November would win. I started this month with the Hamilton Marathon. A PR and overall a great race. The weekend after I hosted a baby shower for one of my best friends! Little baby Owen arrived on December 12, 2015. I also had my 30th birthday! It was so special. I have the best family and friends.
December was a low-mileage month. I took it easy, knowing that I'll be training hard starting January for the 2016 Ottawa Marathon! I also was thrilled to be named part of Team Awesome for the 2016 Ottawa Race Weekend! We spent Christmas in Montreal and we are ringing in the New Year in Nova Scotia.
All in all, 2015 was a great year. I can't wait to get 2016 started - it's going to be a great year. Happy New Year!!