The Best of 2013

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen 10,000 end of the year recaps.

Well here’s one more.

Technically, 2013 isn’t over yet. But before I can move on, I need to look at where I’ve been this year. At times, I think I haven’t accomplished much. Focusing more on the should’ve, could’ve, would’ve. But in reality, I’ve done quite a lot. And you know what? I’m pretty dang proud of the good and the bad because it’s what makes me, ME.

I give you the Best of 2013.

Top 5 Recipes

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  1. Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls – We make these at least twice a month. With egg rolls, the possibilities are endless. And delicious!
  2. Blueberry Lemon Chia Seed Mini Muffins – The combination of blueberry and lemon – nothing but good.
  3. Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars – Sweetened with dates and no refined sugar. Perfect for kicking the sugar overload after the holidays.
  4. Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup – Another staple in our house. Perfect for cold, winter nights when you need something quick to warm your belly.
  5. Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies – We’re a cookie loving household. Why not healthify it a bit by adding pumpkin and cutting the added sugar way down. They pass the picky kid test so I say that’s a WIN.

Top 5 Races


  1. Vermont City Marathon Recap – This race crushed me. Mentally and physically. I felt defeated for quite some time after it. There was a point where I didn’t even want anyone to mention it. But I now see that it didn’t crush my spirit. I’m running another marathon and I’m going to kick it in the face. It just won’t be VCM. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Kingman Farm Trail Race – So many firsts with this race – my first trail race, Ron’s first race ever and our first race together. I loved it and am itching to do more. Now if I can just find someone to run the trails with that has a similar schedule to me.
  3. NH 10 Miler – I went into this race not feeling well and nursing an injury. My goal was plain and simple – have fun. It was a hilly course and crazy humid.ย  Definitely not easy. The best part of the race was crossing the finish line with my son. So fun and so memorable!
  4. Wallis Sands Half Marathon – One of my favorite local races. This year it was during marathon training. I was feeling strong from logging more miles and doing more speed work. I got a shiny new PR for all my hard work.
  5. Red’s Race – This was the second 5 mile race I’ve ever done. Definitely NOT a fan of the distance. But it was on my home turf and I got a PR. And then my daughter threw up all over me. The glamorous life of a mother runner.

Top 5 Workouts

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  1. 5 Favorite Treadmill Workouts – I don’t love the treadmill but can tolerate it. Playing with speed and incline changes the intensity and keeps my mind busy. These five workouts keep your muscles and most importantly your brain occupied for a serious sweat.
  2. CrossFit WOD for Home – Earlier in the year I was very interested in CrossFit. My pocket book? Not so much. So I started making my own WOD for home. I don’t get the community portion of CrossFit but at least I can do a version of their workouts.
  3. The Countdown – Start at 100 and countdown to being one sweaty beast!
  4. 18 ‘No Equipment’ Needed Workouts – If you don’t belong to a gym, are traveling or just want to squeeze in a quick workout anywhere, this is for you.
  5. Core Strength for Runners – Take the core strength test and then do the workout. I know adding in more core work has helped me so much in getting back to running.

ย Top 5 Favorite Posts

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  1. A Letter to My Body: I’m Sorry. – This wasn’t an easy post for me to write. I don’t usually put my deep inner thoughts out in the universe (or least the blog world) that much. But writing this letter made me appreciate what my body CAN do rather than the “faults” that I usually focus on.
  2. An Almost Perfect Day – Ron and I took a date day to enjoy some kid free time. It was almost perfect. Next time I’m definitely getting a deep tissue massage though!
  3. Why I Love Running – Oh running, how I love you. Let me count the ways.
  4. 20 Life Lessons Running Has Taught Me – I could have kept going but I thought 20 was enough for a blog post. Running is WAY more than exercise.
  5. A Day in the Life of a Clinical Exercise Specialist – I get asked a lot what exactly does a clinical exercise specialist do. Since this post, I’ve received a ton of emails from people who Googled “clinical exercise specialist” to find out more about the field.

Thank you for helping me make this a wonderful year! I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for me.

I wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

See ya on the flip side!

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27 comments on “The Best of 2013

  1. You had a great year, love this post. And, yes, while there are lots of recaps (I have one too, ha) I like the variety of yours. I can’t wait to dig into your recipes, especially the chocolate coconut energy bars and slaw egg rolls. Thanks for sharing your year ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!
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    1. Thank you Nicole! I’m glad you found me and my little blog. You’ve been a great bloggy friend this year. I wish you nothing but happiness and success in 2014. Happy New Year friend!

  2. I don’t care how many recaps are out here (and yes, there’s thousands!) I love yours. I really love the top 5 recipes and treadmill workouts – why those go together are obvious, right? Thanks for sharing. So glad to have found you out here in the blog-o-sphere!
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  3. Congrats on a great year. Right now I am reading “Running Within” and one of the points it emphasizes is that the difficult, not so happy races will make us stronger in our running. I do hope your next marathon is a stellar one! Happy New Year!
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