Hello again, it’s been a while. Reentering the real world has proven more challenging than I was ready for. I’m finding it a little hard to find balance at the moment, but I’m hoping things will calm down in the new year. Working in e-commerce during Christmas is more hectic than anything I’ve ever experienced, and I started at my new job basically the week before Black Friday, so it’s been nonstop since. Running took a backseat the last couple weeks, and I wasn’t able to go to November Project. I got in this bad cycle where I couldn’t sleep because of stress so I’d be too tired to wake up early and run, but I had nothing to release the stress and energy, so I’d carry it all day and then into the night when I couldn’t sleep again. I know running and NP would have helped with that, but I was just too damn tired. And it was raining a lot and I was paranoid about getting a cold from the lack of sleep, stress, and the germs floating around the workplace. Excuses, excuses. BUT marathon training starts next week and I’m very excited about it. And I’ve been in Santa Barbara since Wednesday and already had some good workouts. I don’t usually make resolutions (except to become ambidextrous, which has been my goal every year since I was young for some reason), but in 2015 I’d like to: run my first marathon, break two hours in the half, celebrate my 30th birthday somewhere fun, and work on my French.
I like to do the year in review things, but this year is tough. I want to go back through each month in our travels, but I’m afraid I will just want to post every picture I took. I’ll try to pick a couple favorites.
Started the year out in Athens, Georgia. I was going to bootcamp and running, and was probably in the best shape of my life.
Really happy to see friends in Georgia :)
Ran the Mermaid Half while sick, but still managed to PR by a few seconds.
Moved out of our first apartment.
Ran the San Diego Half for the second year.
Started our trip by driving cross-country to New Orleans.
Second stop: Charleston, South Carolina.
Jeremy’s first time in NYC! We had to hang out in this park until our Airbnb was ready and it was really cold and we were regretting bringing so much luggage on our six-month trip.
Visiting my birthplace (NYC, not Washington Square Park).
Made it to Europe! Our first destination: magical Iceland.
Our little home in Iceland. Okay I could post a million pictures from there but I’ll stop.
Next stop: London!
Had our first housesitting assignment in the English countryside. Took care of four cats, three dogs, and some ducks and chickens.
Flew to Zurich after London, went on some really great runs around Lake Zurich.
Visited the charming town of Bern, Switzerland.
Housesat in Geneva – I could get used to running in Switzerland.
Spent a week in Avignon, our first destination in France.
Started May by housesitting this massive three-story, eight-bedroom house in Azille, France.
Learned to drive stick from watching YouTube videos.
I’ll never forget you, Lily the dog!
Ahhh, Paris. One of my favorite cities in the world.
Ran along the Seine.
Traveled to Honfleur in Normandy with my parents.
Visited the D-Day Beaches.
Drove alllll day and finally made it to Munich, Germany.
Celebrated Jeremy’s birthday at Hofbrauhaus in Munich.
My parents at Hofbrauhaus :)
Had a housesitting assignment in Bavaria, south of Munich.
Hiked a mountain for the best beer and pretzels I’ve ever had.
Took an alpine coaster and had the most fun ever.
Celebrated mine and Jeremy’s one-year anniversary at a restaurant overlooking a lake in our little Bavarian village.
Took a day trip to Austria. Drank delicious beer.
Running in Bavaria was awesome.
Drank more delicious beer.
Hello Italy! First stop was Verona.
Stayed in a cool house overlooking Turin, Italy with my parents.
Drove to Tuscany, took a ferry to the coastal town of Portovenere.
Toured the marble quarries of Carrara, Italy.
Stopped in Pisa for a night on our way to Rome.
Spent a week in Rome, ate a lot.
Headed to Bologna for a week, a haven for delicious food.
Took a day trip to Venice.
Had some super awesome runs in Bologna.
Back to Germany! Spent a week in Berlin, where we got to celebrate the World Cup win with the rest of the city.
Stepped foot in The Netherlands for the first time. Spent a week in Amsterdam.
Spent all of August housesitting in Paris.
Nicole came to visit and I turned 29!
The best cheese plate in the history of cheese plates (at Restaurant Astier in Paris).
More incredible runs in Paris. Joined a running group and did a 13-mile route one Saturday morning.
Took a train at the end of August to Bordeaux, to meet up with our friends Liz and Alain.
Alain drove us all around Bordeaux to visit the historic villages in the region, then eventually we drove to San Sebastian, Spain, with a stop in Biarritz, France along the way.
Mine and Jeremy’s first time in Spain.
Flew to Dublin, drove across the entirety of Ireland to get to the coastal town of Dingle.
Completed my first race abroad! The Dingle Half Marathon.
Drove to the Cliffs of Moher.
Spent a week in Dublin, tasting fresh Guinness and visiting the Jameson Distillery.
Said goodbye to Europe, headed back to America.
Drove back across country with stops in Georgia, New Orleans and El Paso, Texas, until we reached Santa Barbara.
Moved to LA!
Started November Project.
Signed a lease for a new apartment, got settled in Silver Lake.
Ran the Santa Barbara Half Marathon, got hit by a wave afterward.
Started a new job downtown LA.
Had a wonderful Christmas, put a picture of myself in pajamas on the internet. And finally got my Santa Barbara Half medal in the mail.
Phew, there you have it. The extremely abbreviated Cliff’s Notes version of the most adventurous year of my life.