2015: A Year in Review

December 31, 2015

2015 is about to close, and we will embark on another new year. Even though January 1 is technically just another day, in the middle of the week, it feels like a fresh start. A chance to set new goals, better yourself, and live the life you’re proud of.

Over the course of this year, we’ve had some big changes. I’ve gone from having a newborn to a (almost) walking, babbling, very interactive one year old. It has been fun to watch Cullen grow and learn new things every day, and I’m glad I get to see all of those firsts.


As for my running, that has changed 180 degrees in the last year too. At the beginning of 2015, I could barely run due to my C-section scar that caused discomfort on each run. With some guidance and coaching, I was able to peak at 75 miles this summer, set PRs in the 10K, 12K, half-marathon, and marathon and ultimately win the Moose’s Tooth Marathon, which is by far the highlight of my running career thus far.


Total Miles in 2015

2494 miles (The type-a in me wants to run 6 more miles to make it 2500.)

Toughest Workout (tie between these two)

**7 miles easy, 6 x 5 minutes @ tempo (6:30 pace), cool-down to 13.5 miles

**2 mile warm-up, 1 mile @ 6:00, 2 miles easy, 1 mile @ 5:50, 2 miles easy, 1 mile sub-5:50, 2 miles cool-down | 11 miles total

2015 Races and Race Recaps

11/26/15 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:47

10/10/15 – Zombie Half-Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:27:20 (PR)

9/27/15 – Kenai River Marathon Relay (Kenai, AK)

8/16/15 – Moose’s Tooth Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 3:06:34 (PR – 1st place)

7/18/15 – Alaska Salmon Runs Half-Marathon (Cordova, AK) – 1:27:49

7/4/15 – Freedom Run 5-Miler (Waseca, MN) – 32:35

6/20/15 – Mayor’s Half-Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:30:37

6/13/15 – Alaska Run for Women (Anchorage, AK) – 32:18 (PR)

6/5/15 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 48:26 (PR)

5/23/15 – Pulsator 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 40:09 (PR)

4/25/15 – Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:31


2015 Highlights

Meeting my new running buddy – Brittany

My 32nd birthday

Traveling to Minnesota this summer

Visiting Cordova, Alaska

Galavanting around Oregon for two weeks

Celebrating Cullen’s first birthday

It has been a good year for our family! We have been very blessed (albeit sleep deprived), and it is my hope and prayer that 2016 blesses us with more fun memories, a lot of family time, a good job for Craig so I can continue to stay at home with Cullen, and health and happiness.

    1. Look at all those awesome PR’s!! What a special year for you and your family!

    1. I’m glad to see you so happy with your life!! May God continue to bless you, Craig and Cullen with much happiness and a healthy 2016!

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