My first year, it was the Philly Tri. I raced it with my then-roommate Lauren, my parents came as spectators and it was a great day! We raced home (no pun intended), celebrated her birthday out with friends that night, then woke up and helped our friend Beth move the next morning. Still one of my favorite weekends.
The next year, it was moving to Denver (and starting this blog, actually). In 2011, I ran my first half marathon. In 2012, I moved back to DC and generally didn't pick one particular event, but in 2013, I bought a house and took a solo trip to Belize to kayak around the ocean for a bit. It was wonderfully relaxing, beautiful, and filled with so much laughter.
Finisher Medal/Kicking it in a Belizian Hammock during a kayaking break
But now it's 2014. For 2014, I have some big plans. 2014 is the year I turn 30. I'm generally not one to fear aging and I'm excited for a new decade, but it just feels like a great time to mark the occasion with some major goals!
So come June, I will be hiking the Camino de Santiago, or The Way. A hike across northern Spain, the story goes that this path was the way of St. James, or the route taken by St. James after Jesus was crucified. The Way has several different routes, but they all converge at the Tomb of St. James. Hikers are referred to as pilgrims and seashells makers note the path, much like the white blazes along the Appalachian Trail.
Santiago de Compostella Cathedral
So, the tickets are booked and the gear list is growing, as is the excitement. Buen Camino!