2011 Highlights

December 31, 2011

2011 definitely had its challenges, but I am thankful for my health, my family, and my husband! 😀

My year got started out on a sad note with the passing of my grandmother in January. Craig and I flew back to Minnesota for her funeral. It was nice to be able to see my family, but of course not under those particular circumstances. I did get to run with my sister in -20* weather though!


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I celebrated my birthday (one day early) in March with a pair of new running shoes.


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I revealed my dilemma about living in Alaska and many of you weighed in.

We discovered Yogurtland in the Anchorage Airport.


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May brought the end of the school year (hallelujah!) where I confessed how much teaching stresses me out and thankfully summer break began.


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We celebrated our third wedding anniversary with dinner out—nothing too fancy. (I’m so glad Craig gets a “real” haircut at a “real” salon now!)


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I ran my second marathon (Mayor’s Marathon) in Anchorage in a time of 3:44. I ran the entire way (which was one of my goals) but did not break my PR, which still stands at 3:42.


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In June, I traveled to Minnesota to see my family, friends, and soak up the sun and heat!! (Never though I’d say that!)

My sister and I post-run in the heat! 🙂


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In July, my aunt came to visit for two weeks and we traveled all over the state of Alaska—with the higlight being camping in Denali National Park and Preserve.


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The rest of summer was filled with camping, hiking, and biking.


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August brought the beginning of a new school year that I thought I wouldn’t be returning to, but I did.

I attempted to PR in the Skinny Raven Half-Marathon but came up short again.


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The fall semester was insanely busy with work, working out, taking two classes (to renew my state teaching license), and blogging took a back burner.

Craig and I did run the Kenai River Marathon Relay (with 2 other people).


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The beginning of November was Craig’s birthday, but I was a bad blogger and did not get any pictures.

For Thanksgiving, I flew down to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit my sister and surprise my parents who also came down to visit her.


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Here’s to hoping for a successful and happy 2012!

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