Maybe it’s the holidays and just taking time to enjoy family, or maybe it’s that I can be kind of obsessive and tend to dive head first into whatever project is in front of my face and have no more brain capacity to do anything else, but whatever the case it seems I tend to have regular blogging hiatuses (is that even a word?) between November and January. Maybe it’s that I ABHOR running in the cold and so hitting the streets takes a back seat to cozy couches and large glasses of wine. And what could be a better time to make a comeback than Dec 31st, just in time to look back on one of the most ridiculous years to date.
A year ago today, the only major thing on my 2012 calendar was getting married. I thought that would be the biggest thing to happen to us, and after all the stress of planning a wedding I was ready to spend some time just enjoying being newlyweds. And maybe we’d get a puppy. (We really wanted to get a puppy).
But as luck would have it, that was not in the cards for us. And I really couldn’t imagine it any other way.
At least the year started off with a run, and trying to fit in workouts where I could.
The day before we got married I accepted a new job offer in the city.
And then we got married, and all the good stuff that comes along with that. Aka nothing changes for Ralph, while I change my name and proceed to make sure my name is changed on every single document and account in existence 8 months later I am still working on that last part…
This new job meant Ralph and I were going to have to move, and while at first we entertained the idea of just finding a new apartment, by the time we returned from our honeymoon a week later we had decided to start searching for a house. Alright that’s not exactly true. Three days into our honeymoon we had begun a full fledged house hunt. We are apparently crazy people.
Ralph and I officially started training for fall races, The Hartford Half Marathon in October and The Philadelphia Half Marathon in November.
But our lease was running out, and finding a house takes time so we moved in with Ralph’s parents for a few months.
It had it’s ups and downs, (and puppies) and was probably one of the lower points of the year but we made it through and for that I am very thankful. Without a house of our own to take care of we were free to cook a lot, run a lot, and hit the gym a lot. But the trade off was a HUGE lack of privacy which, apparently newlyweds should have when going through something as stressful as buying their first house.
I gave myself some pretty lofty running goals to meet, and in the end I got injured. It sucked major balls. Some days I feel like I have lost my identity. Who am I with out running? And other days I can recognize that this break has allowed me to do many other things that I otherwise wouldn’t have time for.
And then we did it, we made it through every stress of the house hunting and house buying process and FINALLY moved into our perfect little house.
I got to watch Ralph run not one, but two AMAZING totally kick butt half marathon PR’s. If I couldn’t run, at least I could coach and cheer for Ralph. I happily took care of house projects on Sunday mornings so he could go out on long runs.
And then I pretty much fell off the face of the earth because our life has been totally and completely consumed by THIS. Watching every room in our house completely transform has been the perfect way to end 2012. The year of change.
I guess it just goes to show that no matter how much you think you might be able to plan things out, life has other plans for you. So maybe I won’t make any resolutions for next year. Or maybe I will re-instate last years resolution to just enjoy being newlyweds. Who knows maybe this year it will actually happen.
I think the only thing I am disappointing about is that we STILL did not get our puppy.
Oh well. Maybe 2013 will bring a little fur baby into our lives.
Happy New Year!