Goodbye 2014

Well, it’s been one hell of a year. From running in frigid temps on New Year’s Day to my baby brother getting engaged to saying goodbye to my beloved dog to adventures with new friends. I traveled. I ran. I got injured. I enjoyed Milwaukee. I celebrated many friends’ marriages. The Badgers made it to the Final Four. I had wonderful adventures with friends and family. I ventured back to DC. All in all, it has been a fantastic year. And while there was way less running than in the previous five years of my life, that’s okay. I handled this injury much better than in the past and spent months in PT and filled my life with other fun things. Instead of recapping it all I had a blast going through a year’s worth of photos. Happy New Year Friends!

January, February, March

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April, May, June

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July, August, September

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October, November, December

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Running Again, Finally

It feels like an eternity since I last ran (before Labor Day).  I was finally cleared last Tuesday to run outside. I’ve been kind of running on the AlterG treadmill. The AlterG is also called an anti-gravity treadmill. It calibrates to your weight and then you can set it to run a % of your body weight. I started running at 60% of my body weight and worked my way up to 80% with the running to walking ratio improving each week. The AlterG is a very strange feeling and I really had no idea what to expect once I was allowed to run outside. I did order new shoes as prescribed by my PT. I found a killer deal on last year’s model and was able to get them in a pretty purple. I’ve never been so happy to spend money on another pair of running shoes.

New Shoes!
New Shoes!

Run is a very loose term here. My physical therapist has a get back to running plan, which starts with a high ratio of walking to running. I felt kind of ridiculous getting dressed to go walk 4 minutes/run 1 minute x 4, but it was something and we’re having unseasonably warm weather so I went. And it was amazing. I wanted to keep going, but really, really don’t want to get injured again so followed my stupid plan. I’m going to keep going to spin class at least two times a week. I’ve found the instructors that I really like and I know the cross training is good for me.

I get to close out the year a runner again. No races for now and nothing crazy, but I’m running and it’s something. I can’t wait to get back out there. I’m setting exactly zero goals for 2015 other than to run healthy and happy.