2016

I know it’s the 2nd day of the 2017, and according to the world wide web, recaps should be made before the ball drops… but whatever, I’m an adult and I make my own rules, so copying my BFF Jana’s idea to recap things by month, so here we go…

January
The first few moments of January were great, just ask anyone who rang in the New Year with me. I was with my closest friends, and somehow managed to stay up past 9:30 (my bedtime). A few weeks later Jon and I went to New Hampshire for our friends Greg and Abbe’s birthday. Every year they rent out a cabin and a crew goes up to play with puppies, drink whiskey out of a ceramic pig, go hiking, and this year Abbe and her now husband got engaged! This was also the weekend that Abbe decided Jon was my boyfriend, and here we are almost a year later. Thanks Abbe! January was also my first full month at Fitbit, so I was able to get a better grasp on my role. Other notable visitors include: one of my best friends from college, Eric; my sister, Hayley; Hayley’s best friend, Amy (Amy was in town for a track meet at BU, but I just pretend she came for me); and my other best friends from college, Maddy and Jon.

Eating birthday and engagement cakes from the box in NH

Eating birthday and engagement cakes from the box in NH

February
February started out with a 5k PR at Super Sunday, then hopping on a plane to San Francisco for work. Jon also convinced me* to end my trip to SF with a trip to LA to watch the marathon trials and then San Diego, because tacos. SF was filled with team bonding, November Project, and seeing friends. LA wasn’t my favorite place, but I ran a super hilly 5k, hopped in for the last 8 miles of the marathon, met my now great friends Steve and Tara, and got to see my cousin, Patrick, and his girlfriend, Allison. From LA, Kelly drove us to SD where we got there just in time to participate in a beer mile (never again), which was only great because of the jokes made by Brogan the whole time and then the carne asada fries we ate afterwards. The planning of this trip was great, because we missed the coldest week of the year in Boston, and I hit the California trifecta of NPs.

*Jon convincing me to travel places to run will become a 2016 theme

Post beer mile-- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places... with Jon reenacting how his race went

Post beer mile-- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places... with Jon reenacting how his race went

March
One of my first notable memories of March was being able to host a run with Jon at Sweetgreen. Sg is an awesome restaurant with tasty salads and an even better community feelinging, so it was great being able to host a run for our friends with them. Later in the month, Kristen, Chris, and I drove to NJ strictly for pizza and sleep, then woke up early the next morning to hit up NP Philly. After NP Philly, we continued driving to VA Beach so we could all race that weekend. I got a nice 8k PR on the windiest course ever, Jon and Chris both got half PRs, and Kristen ran an incredible race in the shittiest weather ever. Another trip Jon convinced me to take… Later that month my parents came to visit me in Boston, and even brought Max! 

Chris, Kristen, and I looking for beaver rats (yes, they're real) on our way to VA Beach

Chris, Kristen, and I looking for beaver rats (yes, they're real) on our way to VA Beach

April
I feel like the month of April revolved around the Marathon, but before that, a group of friends and I headed to DC for the weekend to run a North Face Endurance Series race. The race was freezing, but incredibly fun, and Britto got lost so we’ll never stop laughing about that. Marathon weekend was crazy, as always, but it was great to see friends visiting. I ran the BAA 5k on Saturday and watched the marathoners cruise by Mile 18 while handing out water. I’ve volunteered at Mile 18 for the 3 years I’ve been in Boston, and while I’ll miss the tradition this year, I can’t wait to run through Mile 18!

Mile 18 on the best day of the year, Marathon Monday

Mile 18 on the best day of the year, Marathon Monday

May
May started off with a trip to Clemson, SC to watch Hayley graduate with her engineering degree (and eat lots of BBQ). A few weeks later, a group of friends and I took a trip to Sugarloaf, ME, to watch Jana crush her marathon. Watching Jana run is always fun and inspiring, and the low-key race allowed us to be her personal cheer squad the whole 26.2 miles. I ended the month with a half marathon PR at Boston’s Run to Remember.

Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

June
Right after my half, I took a trip to Puerto Rico with my parents and Hayley for their 30th wedding anniversary. After Puerto Rico, we came back to NJ for an anniversary party my grandpa planned, and Jon got to join and meet the whole family. June ended with a 5k trail race at DeCordova, where I came in 3rd in my age group, and the BAA 10k a few hours later, where I got a PR and $250 to Tracksmith thanks to their PR bonus promotion.

Look! No Lululemon!

Look! No Lululemon!

July
July was full of travel. It started in Canada, where a bunch of us traveled to Ontario (via Toronto) for November Project Summit 4.0/another North Face race. This time, Britto managed not to get lost, and I ate a lot of poutine. YUM. Also notably, Kelly and I went on a long run where we saw a snake-- how outdoorsy of us. I went to The Cape a few times, as Jon’s parents just bought a house, where we ate lots of tacos, drank lots of Marylou's, and did lots of playing with puppies. To finish the month out, I traveled to SF for some quality time with my team, and the hilliest half marathon I have ever raced. No PR, but you can’t win them all!

NPSF always knows how to make you feel loved... and embarrassed #WeDontEvenGoHere

NPSF always knows how to make you feel loved... and embarrassed #WeDontEvenGoHere

August
Tara and Steve came to visit, and Greg and Hannah got engaged! I also ran the hottest 5k of my life, went to Westchester, NY for my annual trip for Maddy’s birthday, and we were surprised by Ali, who flew in from SF! We celebrated Jon’s birthday with a swim in the Charles, and tacos (obviously). I also went to Chicago for a seminar with Edward Tufte, and some of my Fitbit squad. My roommates Kelly and Jen decided they were too cool for Boston and moved to NYC, so that was low point of the month… but shortly after, Colette and Amy moved in. 

What else would we do for Jon's birthday besides swim in The Charles?!

What else would we do for Jon's birthday besides swim in The Charles?!

September
September started with a quick trip to Rhode Island, to hang out with my great aunt and grandparents. I also got to go to Watch Hill, my favorite place on earth, and take a hilly long run with Sarah around Newport. Sarah moved to Boston from Baltimore this summer, and it’s been so great getting to know her and gaining a new close friend who won’t judge me for the amount of ice cream I consume. I also decided on a Monday to run a half marathon that weekend, and although I didn’t plan on racing, I got a nice 1:00+ PR. This is where Jon’s inability to plan pays off. Nothing else crazy this month, besides getting to plan all of Jana’s birthday celebrations! Jana’s been a great friend of mine for a few years, after I creepily asked her via Twitter about running tights, so it’s always great to get her crew together.

Run the hills of Newport they said, it'll be fun they said

Run the hills of Newport they said, it'll be fun they said

October
October was probably one of my craziest months. I went to Westchester to spend Yom Kippur with Maddy’s family. I’ve been doing this for the past 4 years, and we’re tasked with preparing breakfast for her whole temple. While that’s not the most fun, it’s great to spend time with them. A few days later, Jana and I went to Louisville (and Indiana and Ohio) to visit my sister and run Wanderlust 5k, where Jana got to lead the warm up. I had been feeling really good, and wanting a 5k PR, so this race was the perfect place to do so. I ended up getting a mile PR, 5k PR, and winning the race… must have been Hayley’s southern hospitality! To round out October, I learned I would be running the Boston Marathon for Back on My Feet, and realized I needed to get my act together to stop getting injured.

Hayley's first 5k!

Hayley's first 5k!

November
Jon, Maya, and I went to NYC the first weekend of November to volunteer at the marathon. I got to eat bagels and tacos, see Lauren and Melanie (two of my oldest friends), and meet Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky (who surprisingly knew who Jon and I were due to the amount of Instragrams of their recipes) and Alexi Pappas (my bun idol). Later in the month, I finally ran The Pie Race, after telling Caleb I would for the past 3 years, and then Jon and I jetted off to Philly. We stayed in the sketchiest Airbnb. Ever. but still had a great weekend with friends. I ran my half 13 minutes slower than planned, which made me realize I take my runs for granted way too much. I needed a break-- mentally and physically-- and this was a great reminder to be kind to myself. Jon ran a great race with an 8 minute PR in really freaking cold weather. After Philly, we went to NJ for Thanksgiving and a week of doing nothing. Jon and I took our rest so seriously that we had a Fitbit step competition to see who could take the least steps. Jon won.

Best training cycle, worst race, the best finish line

Best training cycle, worst race, the best finish line

December
The last month of the year started with a trip to SF to see my team, friends, and run another North Face race in Marin. This race is one of my favorite races, and the third year didn’t disappoint. After a week in SF, Jon and I headed to Seattle; unfortunately I was sick the whole time, but I got to drink some Nuun and Nuun HQ (at noon!), visit the flagship Oiselle store, and hang out with our friends Brian and Kaitlin, Amiel and James, Sam, and Devon. After getting back from the West Coast, my good friend Brittany taught an awesome yoga class to benefit my Boston Marathon fundraiser at Janji, where we ended with Sweetgreen and 90+ Cellars wine. I got to see Eric, and spectate a beer mile at Janji (I learned my first time, that beer miles are not things I should participate in), before I headed off to Baltimore for Christmas. I went to NP Baltimore for some hill repeats, then took a (quick) road trip with my friend Jack to my family’s house in Hagerstown. This is when my knee started to hurt (more on that later, in a less exciting post), but I still had fun hanging out with my family for a few days. I ended the month (and year) hanging out with friends (including Ali!), and listening to live Motown music at a bar in Cambridge. Thankfully less tequila was involved this New Year’s, than last, but it was just as great.

Lucky to have this one to smooch at midnight

Lucky to have this one to smooch at midnight

While my 2017 hasn’t started the way I would have liked it to (in a pool and on the treadmill where I can barely run), I’m really excited for the year ahead… I have some new projects at work, a great group of friends that I've gotten closer with (hi Britto, Carolyn, and Jana), some trips lined up (Nashville and Asheville to start), and a marathon to train for!

I hope you all had an amazing 2016, and an even better 2017!

P.S. Anyone have any favorite coffee shops in Nashville?!