For as long as I can remember, I’ve liked to spend some time at the end of the year to reflect on the craziness that was the past 365 days in order to prepare for new beginnings when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st (or I guess more technically, January 1st).

Ain’t no one got time for that this year.  Or at least, I haven’t.

About 3 weeks ago I finished up a huge/stressful work project and then drove straight to the southern part of the state for my sister’s college graduation, drove back up and left the next morning for Orlando, spent 4 days from morning til late night doing all things Disney World with the whole family, got sick and spent several days sleeping after a stint in urgent care complete with tonsillitis, did a frantic/sickly Christmas Eve shopping spree, celebrated Christmas, and then headed up to the northern part of the state for the other sister’s wedding this past Saturday. Or: work/graduation/Disney/sick/Christmas/Wedding for short.

On the Carousel at Disney World

I am exhausted, but in the best possible way (aside from that vile Disney illness thing).  We’ve celebrated, traveled, explored, and in general made the very most of almost every minute of the last three weeks.

So, when I was was spending a rushed few minutes reflecting this morning (before coffee),  I realized that this constant activity and happy exhaustion has been the way that we’ve spent most of 2013.

Most of it has been great!

We both ran PR half marathons, won first and third places at the Bataan Memorial Half, I ran the Boston Marathon, I got to meet fellow blogger Jon and his family in Boston, we traveled to 8 states (Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Florida, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts), we spent an afternoon in Quebec, we saw Mumford and Sons, we bought kayaks and spent time on the lake, we helped carry a baton across the country to raise money for the One Fund, we conquered a 13,000+ mountain at the Imogene Pass Run, we’ve celebrated both of my sisters getting engaged (and watched one get married), my BFF Kate gave birth to the future king of England, I was voted onto the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run Rio Grande and started volunteering with our Music Guild, WE BOUGHT A HOUSE (!!!), and we’ve spent so much time packing, remodeling, and adjusting to a new neighborhood, and we ended the year at the Happiest Place on Earth. (Whoa there, run-on sentence).

Race photo from Elevation Imaging

Race photo from Elevation Imaging

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But there was also the not so good. Being on the ground at the marathon when the bomb went off on April 15th has been one of those life moments that I’m just not sure I’ll ever completely get over.  I feel pretty guilty admitting how much it has affected me since many people, including those living in war-torn countries and members of our armed forces, face terror like that on a daily basis, but sometimes I catch myself thinking about the sound of the explosion, the fear in not knowing if something else would go off next to me or if a building would collapse behind me, and the people who lost their lives or were horribly injured, and it knocks the wind out of me.

But, this experience has also made us so grateful for life, and I think part of the reason that we’ve crammed so much into this year is because we realized that our days are not guaranteed.  I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished this year, and I’m proud of the way we’ve faced a tragedy and tried to make it into something positive.  I know this experience has helped me grow in many different ways, and I have really started to evaluate what’s important in my life.  And I guess it goes without saying that while some of my bucket list items were crossed off, most were not, and I’m completely ok with it.

I am however looking forward to a slightly more relaxed 2014.  We’ve been on a break from running more than 4 miles at a time since September, and I’m ready to commit to another BQ marathon this year.  We are excited to start landscaping our yard which I would consider a “blank slate” currently (more like, a yard full of rock and a couple of sporadic trees).  I turn 30 this year (WHAT THE HELL), and I’m trying to convince Aaron that we must run the Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux to celebrate the occasion.

So, cheers to 2014! I am very happy that we’ve all gotten to be part of each other’s lives (even though I’ve fallen off the blogging bandwagon as of late, I post almost daily on Instagram), and I really hope that we can all run some races together, be virtual training buddies, and continue to share the support and encouragement that makes this community so great!


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20 thoughts on “2013

  1. What a year you’ve had! Good luck with the house/yard renovations – maybe you can do a few posts on that, just so that apartment dwellers like me can live vicariously through you? 😉 As for my proudest accomplishments and resolutions — those are/will be on my blog!

    Happy new year, Amy!

  2. What a wonderful post and fun-filled year you guys have had. It was a pleasure to meet you and you will forever be in my memories of my first Boston, riding the bus together, waiting in porta potty lines, walking to the start of the race. I know exactly what you mean about the feelings of being near the finish line explosions. I sometimes feel silly by how much it affected me, even though I was fortunate to not be close enough to have been injured.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

    • Wishing you a very happy 2014 too! Boston was such a crazy time, and very happy that we met there too! I keep thinking I’ll see you running one of these days. Are you training for anything right now?

  3. Quite the rocky year, indeed. Then again, I feel like anyone who ran the 2013 Boston Marathon would have a lot to ponder, even if that were the only running event they completed all year. But with the relay, Imogene and Bataan, you had quite the series of adventures. Can’t say I’m not at all jealous.

    And thumbs-up to Medoc — that race is squarely on my “to run when you don’t care about your time” list, slated for sometime in the next 10 years.

    Happy New Year!

    • I’m really hoping Medoc pans out, but the plan is to have a qualifier by September, so I’d like to think I won’t be caring about time, but celebrating with inadvisable amounts of wine!

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. A lot of ups and one big down that you were able to put in the right light. That is one huge year for the Lavenders and I am sure there is another one to come in 2014! Congrats on a year well lived.

  5. Happy New Year to you too Amy! Turning thirty isn’t bad like everyone seems to think it is. I’ve found I’ve really enjoyed my 30’s and have continued to have many new experiences with a different outlook on life.

    Good luck with your BQ marathon training! And doing your marathon in France 🙂

    • I’m much less concerned about turning 30 now than I was a year ago! But it is still quite a big birthday, and I think I will miss my “wild and carefree” 20’s.

      Hoping France and the qualifier work out! We’ll see what happens. Happy New Year!

    • I’ll try to post more often! Are you still training for Sedona? Training for a marathon in the winter is hard! Hope you are staying warm up there!

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