28 Great Things in Year 28

In Personal by MC

In a few days I will be turning 29. One year closer to 30! I’m not really freaking out, so I suppose that’s a good thing. As I approach 29, I have been reflecting on this past year and just like the year before, I want to share my list with you.

So, without further ado, here are 28 of the amazingly wonderful things that happened while I was 28.

1 – Spending quality time with my brother.
My brother lived overseas for awhile so I have been blessed to see him multiple times this year. On one trip, we went on a double date with our significant others. Luckily, everyone got along! On Thanksgiving, we had so much fun hanging out with him and his girlfriend, including a late night outlets shopping adventure.

2 – Celebrating one year with Turbo and three years with Toby!
It is hard to remember a time before these two goofballs lived with us. Toby and I got off to a rough start but he has truly become one of the leading men in my life. I can’t imagine a day without these two and will forever be grateful for their companionship and cuddles.

3 – Going LoCo in April.
One of my goals this year was to do a crazy running feat so I chose the LoCo challenge: an 8k on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. Someone told me I was crazy and that I would run a miserable half. Well, I proved her wrong and came dangerously close to a PR during that half. And I had a great time running through my neighborhoods.

4 – Celebrating Nana’s 95th Birthday.
A truly special trip this year was going to Austin for a surprise party for my grandma. Most of her kids were able to be there (and her sister!) as well as some grandkids. John documented the whole thing and gave us some really cherished memories. Plus, Nana gave her approval and he got to meet some of my extended family. By the way, she is killing it at 95 and does not look her age at all.

5 – Seeing my future bro-in-law graduate.
In May, we went back down to Texas to see John’s youngest brother graduate high school. As always, it was a blast with his family. I could not be marrying into a better family.

6 – Bringing down my average mile time.
I don’t know what all it was about this year (adding in crosstraining, pushing myself, encouragement from John), but I significantly decreased my mile time. And not just on short runs. I ran several longer races (10 miles plus) with an average pace just over 9:30. Considering I was running 11 minute miles last year, this has been awesome and makes running much more enjoyable.

7 – Upgrading my floors.
I made the jump into my first real home improvement project this year. After thinking about it and saving for quite awhile, I decided to replace my old carpet floors for laminate. The Carpet Co did a great job and I LOVE my new gray floors. They have been a dream with the dogs.

8 – Starting CrossFit.
In the fall, at the suggestion of John, I started incorporating some cross training into my schedule and joined Noble Athletics. I love the workouts and the people. It has been a great experience and I highly recommend it. I love being able to continually improve on what I can do.

9 – Getting regular adjustments.
This past year, I started really focusing on my health and part of that was looking into alternative ways to take care of myself. I started seeing a chiropractor and can really say that I have seen the positive benefits. For instance, just the other day I was suffering from a miserable sinus infection so I got adjusted and literally the next day I felt 90% better. Dr. Corey, Dr. Mees, and Dr. Viv at Palmercare are the best!

10 – Setting new PRs in several distances.
With my average mile time going down, I’ve been able to set new PRs for almost every distance. My 5k is well under 30 minutes, while I’ve come in under 60 minutes for my 10k and even reduced my half marathon time. It’s been really inspiring to meet these time goals.

11 – Filling up my medal board.
I signed up for tons of races this year. In doing so, I was able to finally fill up my board times two! It holds 9 medals so now it is full of over 18 medals. I love seeing it every day and the reminder of all the hard work and literal sweat that went into each of those medals.

12 – Seeing my favorite podcast recorded live.
A real bucket list item of mine was to see How Did This Get Made in person. The universe must have heard me because they came to DC in October and we were able to not only watch the horrible movie of the night, but also see the podcast live. It was hilarious and one of the best date nights ever!

13 – Finding Turbo.
On the night before we left for Oktoberfest, Turbo and Toby ran away from our friend’s house. Toby was found quickly, but Turbo was gone for almost two days. We were in another country and completely destroyed at the lack of control in the situation. We couldn’t help, he hadn’t been seen in 24 hours, and it was frightening. Luckily, our friend searched for him nonstop and was able to not only find him, but get him back home.

14 – Running a marathon (kind of).
I swore off marathons after last year’s MCM. Then, my cousin asked me if I’d be interested in a marathon relay. That sounded really fun compared to doing 26.2 miles by myself. It was a really hot day, but I made some new friends and really enjoyed my 6ish mile leg. All uphills aren’t terrible when you are only running them for a few miles.

15 – Blogging for a year.
It’s hard to believe, but MC’s Many Miles turned one this past year. Crazy to think that I have been writing about running and food and the dogs for over a year. I’m so thankful to all of you who read the posts and follow along.

16 – Starting a run streak.
I’ve done small run streaks in the past, with 11 days being my max. This year, in an effort to start running habitually, I started a run streak. The rules were that I had to run every day (once within a 24 hour span) and it had to be 0.5 miles or more. There has been only one really questionable day where it was late and ice everywhere so I ran the stairs in my condo. Other than that, I have run outside or on the treadmill for over 225 days! When I started I didn’t really have a goal other than to do it for as long as I could, but now I want to make it to a full year.

17 – Placing in my age group in a race.
I really never thought that I would win an age group award, at least at this age, so I was thoroughly surprised when it happened in November. I placed second at a small local 5k that my company does every year. That was a fun medal to add my board!

18 – Cooking through Run Fast Eat Slow.
I’m not the most adventerous cook and I’m actually intimidated by a lot of recipes, so this was a true challenge. I committed to one recipe a week and pushed myself to make things I never would have tried (scones anyone?) that actually turned out pretty well. Plus, I ended up with a killer banana bread recipe that I’ve made three or four times.

19 – Redeeming myself.
Last year’s Marine Corps Marathon was so hard. I ended it feeling terrible about myself and it honestly took awhile to get back to running. This year I knew I wanted to fix that experience so I signed up for the MCM10k. It’s not the same distance, but the 10k is essentially the last 6.2 miles of the marathon. The race started exactly where I started losing it and ended at the same place. I rocked that race and ran up that insane hill and across the finish line with a huge smile across my face. It was such a full circle moment for me to redeem last year in that (smaller) way.

20 – Moving in with my best friend.
This summer John and Turbo moved in. For someone who has lived alone a lot, it has been a slight adjustment to sharing space, but overall it’s been really fun and the once empty condo really feels like a home now.

21 – Going to the beach.
In September, I went to the beach with my college roomie. A long trip was cut short by the impending hurricane, but the time we spent there was great. I ran every day, we read books on the beach, and had great dinners. You know a friendship is truly special when you can spend multiple days together (after years apart) and 1) not get sick of each other and 2) pick up where you left off. It was a terrific trip!

22 – Experiencing Oktoberfest.

In our first overseas trip together, John and I went to Oktoberfest in Germany with some close friends. My parents and my brother have all experienced it before, so it was fun to see it in person. The first two days were rough (with Turbo missing), but we spent one full day there and got to sit in a tent and eat and drink and it was great. It ended up being a really memorable trip…

23 – Getting engaged!
The trip to Oktoberfest ended on the highest of highs as John proposed to me. We had been talking about it, so it wasn’t a huge surprise, but I wasn’t expecting him to do it there so yes, I did think he was joking! Best.day.ever.

24 – Spending time with family.
As always, one of the best parts of my year is all the time I get to spend with my family. I am incredibly lucky to live near my parents so it’s easy to spend time with them. Some of the best moments from the past year include a day at Stone Tower Winery with the dogs, seeing the Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater, the annual Cookie Party, and seeing Pitch Perfect 3, which was awesome. We also went to San Diego for the most fun wedding where we ate incredible food and drank delicious beer. What could be better?

25 – Spending Christmas with all my boys.
For the first time in several years, we did not travel around Christmas which meant that both dogs were here on Christmas Eve. John was here too as we went to see his family the day after Christmas. I loved being able to spend the holiday with all of them and we even got the boys presents (though grandma spoiled them with new blankets!).

26 – Running with my dad.
Of all the holiday traditions, my favorite is running fun runs with my dad (and my brother and his friends and John). This year, in addition to the regular turkey trot, we did the Herndon Festival 10k, a virtual 5k, and the Jingle Jog 5k. I love that this is something that my dad and I have that we can do together.

27 – Upgrading the rabbits.
I don’t mention them often here, but Bunny and Cadbury are still enjoying life in their own little haven. This year, with John’s support and design, we upgraded their living space. Now, they each have a larger area where they can run around, hide in boxes, and sleep. They seem to really be enjoying it and it has been much easier to clean!

28 – Finding a venue and setting a date.
When we got engaged, I knew that I wanted to get married next year. If you have planned a wedding in NoVa you are probably laughing at me right now. ‘Find a venue within a year? Yeah right!’ Well, that is exactly what I started to find and it was starting to get really frustrating. Luckily, we found the perfect venue and set the perfect date. Now onto the rest of the planning.

Reflecting back on this list, 28 was an incredible year. I remember thinking that about 27 too and wondering how 28 could be better, but it blew 27 out of the water. I can’t wait for 29!

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