And the 2013 ‘Worst Blogger Award’ goes to… me! I feel like I put my head down in 2013 and never came up for breath. This year was just nuts with something on the calendar every weekend. Here’s the month-by-month highlights, although my memory is a little fuzzy a year later on what went on early in the year. I’ll try not to overwhelm you, but it was a jam-packed year for Team Stringer!
January: Joined a sprint triathlon training program with TriShop, went to Nashville for work, visited my college roomie Andrea and Jeff’s college buddy Matt, and ran the Hypnotic Donut Dash 5K with friends
February: Celebrated my 28th birthday the best way I know how – in New Orleans at Mardi Gras, saw my Dad ride in the Bacchus parade, had birthday brunch with my closest and bestest, Mr. Stringer took me out for a fancy birthday date, went to Nashville/Jackson MS/Lubbock/NOLA for work, went on my first long bike ride and saw a donkey, and saw Tristan Prettyman in concert
March: Completed my first sprint triathlon (holy cow it was cold that day but I had the best dang cheerleaders that day!), signed up and started training for the MS-150 bike ride, and saw Ben Rector in concert (LOVE him!)
April: Went to the Perot Museum, started our BFF blog with brainstorming, worked in Brooklyn for the entire month (and then some), caught up with old high-school friends while in New York, volunteered at the OKC Marathon and cheered my heart out for Mr. Stringer as he ran his 3rd marathon, met up with two dear college friends while in OKC, and cheered for my best friend at her ‘ultra’ marathon (they took the lead runner out on the course wrong and ran an extra mile!)
May: Wrapped up my work in Brooklyn, biked 150 miles in 2 days to fundraise for the MS Society, went to Chicago for training, joined an Olympic-distance triathlon training program with TriShop, spectated at IronMan Texas and got inspired by those pushing themselves 140.6 miles, and celebrated 5 years of marriage with a long weekend in San Antonio/Austin and went kayaking
June: Biked a local rally with a friend (and got my first tire-changing lesson), cheered for some friends running their first half marathon, had a photo shoot with the besties for our blog, biked a bunch with my tri team, and attended Jeff’s high-school reunion
July: Celebrated the 4th of July with friends and runners and a 10K (Mr. Stringer placed 3rd in AG for the 5K!), completed my Olympic triathlon (thank goodness it rained the entire time!), bought Jeff a road bike, started training for the Dallas Marathon with Luke’s Locker, and joined a new church and became official members of The Branch
August: Worked 3 weeks in Florida, and Mr. Stringer came to visit me in Florida and spent a weekend in Seaside/Destin (rained the entire time)
September: Completed my second sprint triathlon on Labor Day with my family cheering like crazy, worked a few weeks in New Jersey, hosted a ‘Favorite Things’ party, celebrated Jeff’s birthday (now in his last year of his 20’s!), and joined a small group at church
October: Spent a weekend in San Antonio and had a blast at our friend’s wedding, went to the Matt Nathanson concert, attended Jeff’s family reunion, ran my 7th half marathon, and attended my 10-year high-school reunion
November: Saw Ben Rector in concert again (amazing!), had a girls weekend staycation in Dallas, started a book club at work, went to Atlanta for training and stayed the weekend for a trip with Mr. Stringer (we ventured to Charleston, Hilton Head, and Savannah), and celebrated Thanksgiving with my family
December: Dallas Marathon was cancelled due to icemageddon (stayed inside for 4 days straight!) so we drowned our sorrows in a bottle of wine and I signed up for Cowtown in February, cleaned out our house top to bottom, celebrated the season with family and friends, and closed the year out with my besties!
All in all, we had a great year! I swam/biked/ran my heart out, grew my friendships, found a church home, travelled the country, earned a promotion at work, snuggled my cat a lot, and was blessed by another year with Mr. Stringer by my side. Cheers to you and yours – happy 2014!