Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: The Year in Pictures

It's been a wonderful year full of love, fun and adventure.

Julie had her senior prom and graduated.

We had two family reunions....on the same day!

I got a few breakfasts in with "the girls".

I celebrated my 21st anniversary with this amazing man!
I enjoyed some other family moments...

I worked hard and earned more bling with my partner in crime, I mean my partner in running and wine:

I got to see some famous people:

I was so proud of Chris for getting back up on stage this year!
And, sometimes best of all, are those quiet moments that Chris and I find outside together...

Looking forward to many more adventures in 2015!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Running Year in Review

Best race experience?
2013 had been a year of surgeries (2 skin cancers and a thyroid removed) and recovery for me, so there weren't many races. I was very excited to have completed 5 more states in 2014:

State #10: New Orleans, LA in February
State #11: Springfield, IL in April
State #12: St. Louis, MO in April
State #13: Williamsburg, VA in June
State #14: Kitty Hawk, NC in November

Choosing from those races, I would pick the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon as my favorite for the year. I really enjoyed visiting Springfield. We enjoyed the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum the day before the race. The race itself was very picturesque, through neighborhoods, historic buildings, parks and the cemetery where the Lincoln family rests. I loved the fact that we got to have our picture taken with Lincoln too!

Best run?
It was on September 27 - 11 miles in the rain. I felt really good, like a real runner!

Best new piece of gear?
I had been hoping to replace my old Garmin for some time and tried about 4 newer models but was never satisfied. Finally, I tried the Garmin Forerunner 220 and have been very happy with it as well as the updated Garmin Connect website.

Best piece of running advice you received?
Most inspirational runner?
My running partner Kristine keeps me going: on long runs, short runs and many racing adventures. She even convinced me to try speedwork this year!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Fun but not consistent enough. I'm aiming to keep the fun but improve the consistency for 2015.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Four Things

I saw this on a couple of other blogs I read and thought it would be fun to fill in my own...

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
Mom - on a regular basis
Mommy - when they really, really want something
Mrs. Sadlers - yup, I'm a teacher
And Chris calls me all kinds of silly terms of endearment that I don't think I need to share :)

Four jobs I’ve had:

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
Dirty Dancing
Every Disney movie with the kids

Four books I’d recommend:
The Earth's Children Series
Little Women
Jane Eyre
Bridge to Terabithia

Four places I’ve lived:
Little Compton, RI
Bristol, RI
Tiverton, RI
Sebastian, FL

Four places I’ve visited this year:
The Outer Banks
New Orleans
Colonial Williamsburg
The big ketchup bottle in Collinsville, IL

Four things I prefer not to eat:
Lima beans
Brussel sprouts

Four of my favorite foods:
Anything chocolate
Veal Marsala
Homemade desserts

Four TV shows I watch
The Biggest Loser
Breaking Bad
Sons of Anarchy
The Following

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
*Spending time with Chris
*My children finding their's a big year for them: Andrew graduates from college and Julie will participate in the Disney College Program
*Traveling and earning more medals, especially Alaska!
*That maybe this will finally be the year I get in better shape