2012 Highlights

27 12 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and see all of the fun stuff I did this year. I had a great time writing this post, so I hope you enjoy it!


I took a cruise with Bill and added 3 more countries to my list of places visited.


I said goodbye to DC, and hello Tampa, FL!’



To say life was busy was an understatement. I was incredibly busy transitioning into my new job, getting plugged into the local community, and training for the marathon, leaving me with zero time to blog. I wrote exactly one post in February.

However, these two little guys came to live with me, and made long hours a little more bearable.


I also started training with XP Multisport, and my teammates have definitely become my Tampa family. I can’t say enough good things about them!




I went back to DC and ran the Rock N Roll USA half marathon. I saw many of my friends and I had a great race!


In preparation for my April marathon in Nashville, I trekked out to the only nearby place with hills. There, I banged out 17 tough miles with Meghann and Mary.


San Antonio Hills


My longest run of my training cycle was a 20 miler. I ran the first six on the treadmill before dawn and the last 14 with Meghann in Clearwater.



Since Bill travels a lot for work, we try to take full advantage of the times we do get to see each other. In April, he got us tickets to Cirque Dreams and we got all gussied up for our night out 🙂


At the end of the month, I headed to Nashville for the Country Music Marathon. I was very happy with my race and Bill was right by my side when I finished 🙂 <— Probably one of my favorite posts of the year!



One of my friends told be about the Tampa Bay Burger Showdown  and I had to go. I ate my face off. Ah-mazing.


After the marathon, the ball of my right foot started to bother me. I went to the doc and learned I had inflamed sesamoids.


I didn’t let the foot injury get me down; I filled my weekends with other fun activities like blueberry picking with Courtney.

blueberry picking

And hang gliding with Bill!  (Whoops, I never wrote a full post about it…All I can say is that it. was. awesome! )


The foot was feeling a little better, so I did my first triathlon in Florida- the Crystal River Sprint Tri with team XP!

xp multisport

Then we went floating down the river– Must do this again!!


I went to my first Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers meetup and I’m so, so glad I did! Love these ladies!


On Father’s day, Bill and I raced! He did the triathlon, and I did the aquabike!



I dropped a pretty penny on a new bike. But it is oh, so worth it!

Specialized Shiv

My foot was still bothering me, so I went to PT for sesamoiditis.


I spent a fun weekend in New Jersey for Chloe’s bachelorette weekend!

Chloe and Steph NJ

I got to try out my new bike at the Top Gun Triathlon. It was great to race with Bill again. And, it was Mary and Marcus’s first triathlon ever!



I biked 60 miles with Bill, and we saw some pretty cool wildlife on the trail!


Back in the spring, several of my XP teammates and I had registered for the USAT Age Group Nationals. Well race weekend was in August, so we roadtripped up to Vermont.  It was a great weekend, but it was The. Longest. Drive. Ever. Check out my recaps: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.




We surprised Meghann with a bridal shower!

surprised meghann

I went to my first ever blogging conference (Part 1, Part 2)! I learned so much, and got to meet a ton of bloggers IRL!

Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers

I rode 100K for brain cancer. Such an amazing event. I rode in honor of my best friend’s cousin, Lisa.



I opted to defer from my half ironman, so instead I got to go to Busch Gardens with the family that weekend!


That same weekend, Hurricane Sandy hit my hometown. She wreaked havoc on the coastline of New York and New Jersey, but the outpouring of love and support from the community and others around the country was astonishing. My family was incredibly lucky, and damage was minimal to our home. But, as I drive around the area this Christmastime, the reminders of the storm are still there. The people are trying to rebuild, but it just takes time. Be strong, Jersey.



I participated in my first Mud Run, and had the MOST fun I’ve ever had at a race. It certainly didn’t hurt that I got to experience the race with my favorite blogging buddies!



I spent my first thanksgiving away from home, instead spending it in Orlando with Bill. I prepared my first Thanksgiving Turkey, and it was a success!



I cheered on Bill and AJ at Tough Mudder! Still no real desire to do this race…


I did something really, really stupid. And it cost me a lot of money.


The Eagles were playing in Tampa, so I was able to go to the game with my friend Kristen. The best part? They WON!


A 5K in December? Only in Florida! It was awesome!

Santas 5K

Phew, what a year! Here’s to many more memories in 2013!

How was your year?

Merry Christmas!

24 12 2012

The presents are wrapped, the decorations are up, and now it’s time to relax. It is my wish that you are surrounded by lots of love an laughter at this time of year. Merry Christmas from me and my kitties! Thanks for reading 321delish!

merry christmas

A Foot Update

23 12 2012

A few months ago I told you that I had sesamoiditis, and then I never really mentioned it again. Sorry ’bout that. I figure now is as good of time as any to give you an update on my foot.


After Nationals, I still had foot pain, so I decided that the best thing was probably to rest my foot. The physical therapy had helped some, but not really. During my last session the PT had me do some lunges, and I think that actually aggravated it rather than helped. I probably shouldn’t self-diagnose but from what I had been reading online, resting seemed to be what was most recommended for sesamoiditis.

So, I took a good six weeks off from running. The entire month of September I got my workout fix by biking and swimming and that was it.


My foot still bothered me when I walked around in shoes, so I bought some “ball of foot” pads at CVS and put them in my right shoe. I think that helped some, providing cushioning in the right spot so that the ball of my foot didn’t have to bear all my weight.

Finally, in the middle of October, I decided to start running again. In my Newtons, I used the Aetrex Lynco Orthotics I had purchased at the orthopedic doctor’s office. I started off going on a short, 1 mile jog.

Believe me, it was SLOW going. But my foot felt better! No, it wasn’t 100%, but it was definitely better than it had been! Since then, I’ve been slowly trying to get back into it. Right now is the PERFECT time of year for running in Florida, and it’s hard to see all my friends busting out half marathons when I’m still trying to get back in to shape. And, it’s hard to check my Garmin and see a pace much slower than I’d like. But, I know I’ll get back in running shape eventually, it just takes time.

As for my foot, the pain is minimal. Some days it hurts more than others, but it isn’t an unbearable pain. I’ll ice it if I need to, and if it gets really bad, I’ll take some ibuprofen. I think it’s just something that I am learning to get used to. Maybe that’s not the right attitude to take, but I’m sick of not running and I don’t think I’m doing any more damage to it by running again. I feel like the dull pain is becoming my new norm, unfortunately.

I’ve also purchased a second pair of Newtons:


Aren’t they pretty? They’re the Gravity style, in the limited edition pink and black.  You might be wondering why I bought them, when I haven’t been putting the miles on my Sir Isaacs?

Take a look at the wear pattern on them:

sesamoid wear

I’ve definitely been avoiding putting full pressure on the ball of my foot, and have really worn the treads down on the outside of my right foot. Not good. I know that new shoes aren’t the answer- I need to fix how I land of course. But, I don’t want to keep wearing out that part of the shoe, which would result in a really uneven stride and possibly more injuries. I plan on keeping these shoes in rotation, but I’ll alternate with my new shoes.

So for now, I’m keeping the mileage pretty low, enjoying the off-season, and hopefully I will be ready to go for tri-season 2013!