Tomorow, at the stroke of midnight, as the ball drops surrounded by some very cold and very hungry people in Times Square, everyone starts fresh.  We have a new year and a new chance to be the best versions of ourselves.  Obviously we have this chance every day.  But this symbolic stroke of midnight gives us the time to reflect on the year past and look forward to the year ahead.  I always like to close out the year with a look back at all of the wonderful and sometimes not so wonderful events that have happened before storing them happily in my memory as I embark on new challenges and new adventures.

2012 By the Numbers:

Number of races: 11

5-k’s: 4

10-k’s: 1

10 miler’s: 1

Half Marathons:3

Marathons: 1

Number of age group awards: 4

Number of miles covered: No clue.  My goal is to track my mileage this year (maybe I’ll actually post on dailymile!).  On my Garmin alone I ran 802 miles which obviously doesn’t include treadmill miles/miles run sans Garmin.

Number of states visited: 5 (Arizona, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Illinois).

Number of road trips: 4

Number of awesome blogger friends I got to meet: 3 (Whitney, Laura, and Jac).

Number of movies seen in the theater: 1.  Sad to admit that I paid full price for Magic Mike.

Number of times cried during the Olympics: 2.  Both were because of Miss Gaby Douglas.  Such a wonderful role model for little girls.

Number of cancelled highly anticipated concerts: 1. Fun. (The band,  not the situation).

Number of Instagram photos: 78

Number of times I hiked up a mountain: 2

Number of Super Bowl wins by the New York Football Giants:1.  Gotta live that up since it won’t be repeated in 2013.

Number of years in wedded bliss: 3

Number of presidential elections (and nasty political ad seasons) survived:1

Number of successful freestyle swimming strokes: 5. We’re going for 6 this upcoming year!

Number of Times I heard Call Me Maybe: 100,000,000,000.

Number of books read: 9

Number of colds successfully fought off: 1

Number of colds unsuccessfully fought off: 2

Number of art museums visited: 2

Number of train rides: 1

Number of boat rides: 2

Number of gingerbread houses made: 1

Number of walks along the beach: 1

Number of weddings attended: 3

Number of funerals attended: 2

Number of new babies met: 2

Number of times I got to sit behind gold medalist Sanya Richards Ross after watching her run: 1

Number of times we won Albuquerque’s Great Bus Race: 1

Number of races I got to run with members of my family: 5

Number of times Giuseppe has hijacked my photos/blog posts/facebook statuses: at least 200

Number of times of woken up grateful for my wonderful husband, puppy, family, friends, health, and life: 366


Right after crossing the finish line.

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While the world had a pretty eventful year, we had a pretty quiet year here in Casa de Lavender.  While Aaron did change positions at work slightly altering his work schedule, our daily life is pretty much the same as it was one year ago.  This turned out to be ideal for reaching athletic goals.  With little drama to deal with, I was able to focus and train hard over the summer.  The Chicago Marathon is easily the highlight of my year.  Not only because it brought us to Chicago which is a magnificent city, but also because crossing that finish line gave me more confidence in myself than anything else ever has.

When I look back at 2012, the marathon will be the event that stands out most in my life. And possibly Call Me Maybe.  Because that song was everywhere.


From our family to yours, we wish you a fun New Year’s Eve and a wonderful 2013! I’m so happy to have shared a bit of my life with you in 2012!

20 thoughts on “2012

    • I have to confess that we were cheering AGAINST the Bears on Sunday because that was one of the few chances the Giants had to get into the play-offs. Sad that they still won but didn’t get to go. But I agree…the game will be much less stressful to watch this year!

    • Keep me posted on your schedule! Right now I only have races scheduled up to April (RnRAZ in 2.5 weeks, Bataan Memorial Death March here in NM in March, and Boston), so I’m looking for a fall race!

    • I woke up yesterday with a very optimistic attitude, so I’m looking forward to a great 2013! I’m looking forward to see your training progress!

  1. 2012 was such a great year for you! So glad we got to meet when you swung through Houston. Can’t wait to see you smash your bucket list goals for 2013!

  2. Sounds like it was an excellent year for you. I like your mention of how your daily routine hasn’t changed much. Truth be told, neither has mine, and that’s just how I like it. It really does make planning trips so much easier when you can assume things will remain stable over time.

    While some might not want to say that they hope 2013 is just the same as 2012, when life is going so well, I wouldn’t complain 🙂

    Happy New Year!

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