Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016; Year in Review

2016 was a good one...a REALLY good one...and I have said this before...but I am not sure how the next 365 days can top it...but I have a sneaking suspicion they just might ;)

Here is a quick look back at 2016...

Running

When I first started thinking about the last year of running, I was a little disappointed....but then I really started thinking about how much I accomplished and I shook it off and decided that I have so much to be proud of this year...not the same types of accomplishments in years past...but still accomplishments at that. 

Total Miles Logged: 478.5 (logged)
Total Miles Run: ??? 478.5 +
Pregnancy Miles: 143
I have no idea how many total miles I actually ran this year...and there is no way to find out for sure. I spent a few weeks this summer and this fall running tech-less so I probably ran closer to 500; but I can't be sure.
Races Run:9


I started the year off with the Crowntown 5k with one of my students...I have run a lot of races over the years, but this one goes down as one of my favorites! 



Up next was the Heartland 39.3 half marathon series. I had some big goals going into it...but lost steam/motivation and ended up just running for fun. It was my 3rd year running this series, so I finally earned the coveted 3rd year finisher jacket ;)



Last January I signed up for the Hospital Hill half marathon which was just a few weeks after the final race in the Heartland 39.3 series...the morning of the race Victoria and I made the executive decision to run the 10k instead of the half...likely our best decision ever!



After that my motivation dropped severely...I started running without GPS and started going to more Pilates and Yoga classes and I have to say I really enjoyed the break.


 I ran a last minute 4th of July 4 miler with my friend Kala...she ran one race (and sometimes more) per month in 2016! So proud of her...especially because she doesn't particularly like running ;)




This summer I started training again for the Go Girl Half-Marathon in September...I started off strong in June and July...and then I got pregnant. I had no idea how much of a hit my running would take that first trimester and I mistakenly thought I could push through. Between the heat, nausea, and extreme fatigue I was proven wrong VERY quickly.


I skipped MANY runs...my pace suffered MAJORLY and in the end we decided to do the 5k instead of the half...best.decision.ever!


Second trimester rolled around and I started feeling better, so I joined a KC Marathon Relay team and I ended up running the 7.9 mile leg and felt fantastic!


I finished the year off with The Great Santa Run 5k
Overall, my running was VERY different this year than it has been in the past few years...slower paces, shorter races...but I would still call it a success!


Teaching

For the last 5 years I have taught 3rd grade...and last spring when a 4th grade position opened up I decided it was time for a change. 

I asked my principal if I could make the switch in the fall and she agreed...so in August I started the year in a new grade, new classroom...and as luck would have it...some of my same kiddos from the year before!

I can't even begin to put into words how happy I am that I made this change...In my 9 years of teaching I have taught 3rd and 5th grade and I have to say 4th grade is my "Goldilocks grade" I truly feel like it's where I belong. I love, love, love the age of the kids, the curriculum...and I lucked out with a really great team as well! 

I was really nervous for the change, but I am so glad I took the chance. 

Personal Life


 I continue to be so very blessed with the best people in my life...and 2016 was nothing but another reminder of this.

I put together my own #BestNine above and every time I look at it I smile...I'm a lucky gal! I can't possibly touch on EVERY wonderful thing from this year so I will choose my favorite from each month :)

January


 We celebrated the start of a new year with friends and family!

February


One of my favorite things about this year was celebrating our monthly anniversaries. While I loved each and every date, this one just might be my favorite. KC Winery with 60 + degree weather in February? You can't beat that! 



St. Patty's Day will always be a favorite of mine...it was this day in 2012 that I met this strapping lad ;) 



April kicked off the start of baseball season...and something about coming off a World Series win made it that much more exciting...I promise AJ is more excited than he looks here ;)

May


May was the month of house renovations...new paint, new carpet, a half bath over-haul, and a new stove!

June


June was filled with so much fun...but my favorite part was probably enjoying the perfect temps, our backyard, beers, and baseball :)

July


In July we celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a trip to Chicago!

August


We found out about Baby Smith on July 29th...but didn't get our first glimpse of our sweet little Billy Blob Thornton until August.

September


At this point, Baby Smith stuff seems to trump all other things ;) September was filled with lots of fun, but sharing our exciting news with the whole world took the cake!

October


A day of shopping to celebrate my 32nd (GULP) birthday!


November


We found out that we would be adding a precious baby BOY to our family!

December


December was filled with so many holiday celebrations and lots of family time so it's hard to choose just one thing...but if I have too, I would say all the talking we did about Baby Smith's first Christmas next year just might be my favorite. We are so blessed...and I can't wait to see what 2017 holds for us and the lil' man!


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