My 2018 year-end review

Today’s the day after Christmas. I’m supposed to be at the ski park with my husband (big news!) but instead, I’m home with a sore back. So, I decided to make the most of my sidelined state and write a long-overdue update that doubles as my new year review.

I know, it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. I’m sorry, but I can explain!

2018 was an intense year full of growth. Rapid growth — the kind that makes you simultaneously grateful it happened and relieved that it’s over.

Like puberty.

And on that note, here are my high- and low-lights from 2018:

A perfect October wedding

I’m married!!!

Just married on Wedding Rock! Photo by Nicole Dove Photography

This was definitely the most major thing to happen all year. It was a whirlwind adventure that started out as an idea to get eloped and blossomed into a legitimate, if unconventional, wedding.

I think we surprised a lot of people with our sudden engagement and fast wedding. I was pretty shocked, myself. If you’d told me this time last year that I was going to get hitched in 2018, I’d say no way. I’d be too busy training for my first 100-miler.

But the Universe had her own plans…

The worst fire season ever

Starting in early July, when my husband and three of his co-workers had to evacuate their farm and camp out at my house, this summer was filled with smoke and devastation.

It’s not uncommon for California to burn in the dry season, but this year was next level. We’re talking several weeks of smoke-filled skies. Ash falling from the sky. No direct sunlight.

I could go on, but you should just read my post about it here

The air quality was deemed unhealthy for running so races were canceled. Of course, we ran anyway. And we suffered for it.

NOT running 100 miles

As it happens, I never made it off the waitlist for Mountain Lakes 100-miler. If I’d gotten in, I probably wouldn’t have been fit enough to finish because of how the smoky summer affected my training.

I’m not actually upset about this. The way I see it- the same areas probably won’t burn again any time soon. I also won’t be getting married again. Without those two huge factors deterring me, I’m fucking unstoppable in the new year.

A honeymoon road trip to Baja

My trusty van driver navigating the narrow, cactus-lined highway of southern Baja <3

Baja easily tops my list of travel destinations! So much to write about, I’m going to make a separate post.

Can’t wait to share more of my Baja adventures with you!

Perhaps the most important thing, though, is what we came back with another dog.

New dog

We left our three dogs in the US while we traveled, which proved to be a big mistake.

As you may know, I’m a great dog lover.

We missed them so much that we took extra time to love every other dog we met. At one campground we stayed at, the owner had four other dogs and kept telling us we could take this one, so we did.

We call her Queen Isabella

She’s healthy, spayed, housebroken, and about 6 years old. We’re fostering her until we find the right furever home.

Interested? Shoot me an email.

She also doesn’t bark.

There were also races

Amidst all that, I ran two races: Headwaters 30k and Paiute Meadows 50k.

Two may seem like a low number, but it was a crazy year. In fact, I ran Headwaters only two weeks before my wedding so you could still see my skinned knees through my white fishnets!

I wouldn’t have it any other way

On days I couldn’t run, I focused on strength training, physical therapy for my piriformis syndrome, and improving my nutrition.

I look forward to further upping my food game with the books I got for Christmas!

With this setup, I have no doubt 2019 is going to be the best year yet!

BRING IT ON

I hope you enjoyed my yearly review!

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