Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year of Firsts!!


Ok so now that you know how HUGE of a nerd I am (see last post: Music)…we’ll move on! :0)

In spirit of the upcoming New Year and in looking back over 2010, I know that this past year has been a HUGE year of firsts for me.  I like that because it keeps life interesting and helps ward of boredom!

I always want to keep each year exciting and fresh so for 2011, my “resolution” is never be scared or afraid to try something new and try as many “firsts” as possible!  I’m starting off 2011 on a high note with a first, I would say!  2011 WDW Marathon!!

So in the spirit of “firsts”, I pulled up a lot of old blog posts from 2010 (except my very first blog post). 

I started this blog in July of 09.  My main focus of this blog was to recount my training for my very first Half Marathon!  It’s funny to see how that has changed over the past year and a half! :0)

First Blog Post

So far to date, I’ve run 5 Half Marathons with my first being in January of 2010 at WDW! 

Here’s my Half Marathon recaps:

January 2010 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Recap
My very first Half Marathon!!  We braved the cold/icy weather for this Half Marathon and somehow decided that we “enjoyed” doing this…so we signed up for more!

February 2010 New Orleans Rock and Roll Half  Marathon Recap
I ran this one with a friend and we had a goal of 2:30.  We broke that goal at 2:28 and that felt like a HUGE accomplishment.  At the time, it WAS a huge accomplishment!  That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do!

October 2010 Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap
I ran this race sick.  A friend also hurt her knee mid run so we walked most of the end.

October 2010 New Orleans Jazz Half Marathon Recap Part 1 
October 2010 New Orleans Jazz Half Marathon Recap Part 2
Kayla’s first Half Marathon!  I ran the entire way with her and realized that I felt GREAT at 2:30!! How much faster could I run a Half now that I’ve been training for a Full?  Hmm…

December 2010 Swamp Stomp Half Marathon Recap
This race holds my current PR!  2:12!!  Seriously one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!  I was trying for 2:10 but I’ll take it! :0)

A few other firsts that happened in my life this year….

Perhaps one of the most exciting things that happened for fellow Louisianans early 2010:


Dat’s right…the Saints won the Superbowl!!  You could feel the excitement in the air for MONTHS after the game was over…shoot…you can STILL feel the excitement in the air! :0)

I also made a few new friends in my running group!  I’m so grateful for their friendship and the long runs that they help me endure!!!  

 New GoRun Friends

March 2010 rolled around and I ran a humid, muggy 5K out of town!  Unknown race course, bad weather…but guess what?  That race currently holds my 5K PR!  I was trying to break 28 minutes and I did it!

March 2010 Courier du Festivale - Current 5K PR – 27:35

I also had my first EVER broken bone!  Yes, 28 years old (well 27 at the time) and still hadn’t had a broken bone!  I broke this bone playing softball. Someone threw a crazy ball from the outfield (I was standing on 2nd base) and the ball hit my foot HARD.  I knew it was broken but I finished out playing the game.  Crazy?  Yes I am.  Hard core….playing like my dad would play….what can I say?  It’s in my genes.

My 1st broken bone!

Skip finger paintings and silly paint by number photos from when I was young…this past June, I did my first ever REAL painting on canvas with real paint! I felt like a big girl! :0)

My 1st painting!

Post broken foot, my first Marathon training run happened this past summer!  I let my foot heal for 5 weeks before running on it again!  (My ortho Dr. told me that I’m too “old” for all of this activity stuff  ie: softball…running…etc.)  Shows how much he knows!

First Marathon Training Run

I lost a very good friend this past August.  He was a friend of my grandfather’s and from the moment we met, I knew we would make great friends!  He passed away from cancer as did my grandfather.  Just another reason I’m so passionate about my cause…running with the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team.  I hate this disease.

In Memory of Mr. Duhon
My Cause – ACS DetermiNation
A world with LESS Cancer and MORE Birthdays!

I also attended a Jonas Brothers/Demi Lovato/Camp Rock 2 concert this past September with one of my best friends and my sister in law!  We had a BLAST!  (I can’t believe I just admitted that out loud!)

Concert weekend!

In September, I also reached 100 posts on my blog!  Yay!

100 posts!

That leaves us with my longest training run to date!  21 Miles!!

Longest Training Run

My first first of 2011 is coming up in just 9 days!!! 

I hope you all had a productive and exciting 2010!!  Here’s to an even more exciting 2011!

Happy New Year! :0)


  1. Nice Recap of the year! Hope 2011 is just as good.

  2. That's a lot of firsts! Happy New Year!

  3. Loved the recap of 2010. I am going to Painting with a Twist in a couple of weeks with some great friends! I am not sure which one we are doing, but I wanted to do one the other day that was a teacher Fleur de lei.

  4. What a great year! I look forward to following your 2011 journey. Good luck next weekend!!

  5. Can't wait for you next BIG race recap!! So jealous..have fun!

  6. Awesome recap. Of 2010!! Can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2011!

  7. Sounds like an awesome year! Good luck this weekend at the marathon! You're going to do great!


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