THEN (a few wks in?)…………………………………………..……………………………………and now (32wks)
A few things from 2008

Boston playoff game June
Wedding in August
Cruise in March
3rd anniversary in June

It has been fun and inspiring reading everyone’s goals and recaps of 2008.

2008 was my best running year yet *the first half

Instead of hibernating for the winter, I really amped up my training, worked towards higher mileage and speed and got outside for long runs on the weekends with Abby when I could, or on the treadmill. It payed off in the spring season as I PRed from late March through May on every race that I ran. I was running races almost every weekend knowing that soon I wouldn’t be racing as much. I really enjoyed Bill coming to more races this year to cheer me on!
I met my Broad Stgoal of breaking 1:20:00 and scored with a 1:18:57. My last ‘race’ was a 10k in mid/late May where Bill was asked to help guide runners through the finish chutes and was standing cheering at the finish. A fun memory. At that race I dropped 6 minutes off my 2007 time! I got my pace down and was able to hold it for racing. It was such a great feeling. Then, pregnancy hit. My pace started gradually going up and has continued to do so! I still ran the Philly Distance Run and Baltimore 1/2 marathon and walked the first half of the Philly marathon. My goal for this pregnancy has just been to be able to run so I hope to run up until the lil peanut comes along. I applied for Boston with a charity that I strongly believed in and left it up to fate and got in, so 2 months after my due date I’ll be run (crawl/jog/walk) – ing Boston. I have a personal goal of raising $5000 and so far I’ve raised $1370 ( I would love to qualify for Boston at some point, but I haven’t been good with marathon pacing.

2008 MILES:

Distance: 1748.4 Mi
Time: 268:18:23
(11 days, 4 hours)

So, 2009 brings some races (Let’s hope for a baby a few weeks early and quick recovery!)

Hopeful Arrival Date: Feb 7?? Actual Due Date: Feb 20 Realistic Due Date: March 1?

Caesar Rodney Half March 15, 2009 (?? questionable)
10 miler – Ocean Drive March 29, 2009 (year 2) *
Boston Marathon April 20, 2009 (year #1) *
Broad Street Run May 3, 2009 (year 5 for me)
Kennett Run May, 2009 (year 3)
Philly Distance Run September 20, 2009 (year 4) *

* already registered

fall marathon ideas: Chicago, Philly (year 3?)

Other aspects:
Food – did pretty well this year and felt like I didn’t have to do much regulating. Still need to work on the veggies, as I started getting turned off by them at the beginning of the pregnancy.

People – Friends have become closer or further apart as I recognize what type of person I want to become and what type of people I want to surround myself with.

Myself – I am pretty happy with the person I am becoming but do still want to work on being less uptight, less critical of/hard on people and more of a positive person.

My other 1/2: Like you see in all of the pictures above, we’re a team! I wouldn’t be able to take the time out of my day to run, train and do races without Bill’s support. I am excited to mold and build our little peanut together!

I survived:
The family vacation
The Mofo Quilt
32 weeks and 7+ 2 days to go!
Slow running

I’m looking forward to our new family member to join us soon and to run along with the lil peanut runner.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Best wishes for 2009!



  1. You look great as of 32 weeks! I can’t believe it! I hope I look good when I get around to having kids!Great job on the yearly mileage that is so awesome!!When my mom was pregnant with me I was due Feb 21st (I was the first and only child) and I came on March 3rd. I have heard that first babies can sometimes be late but who knows! Hopefully yours will come on time!!

  2. 2008 has been a great year. You have alot to look forward to in 2009. Happy New Year!

  3. such a great year you had 🙂 2009 is goign to be SUCH an awesome year for you… baby AND boston!! happy new year!!

  4. You had a great year but I think 2009 is going to be even better, especially with the new addition.Hope you have a great New Year!

  5. Mama Simmons Reply

    I look forward to reading about all the great stuff that’s going to happen for you in 2009! Happy New Year!

  6. RunToFinish Reply

    That was a darn good recap! Now I feel like I’ve been reading all year long!I can’t wait to hear your stories of busting out the jogging stroller for a 20 miler.

  7. Angela and David Kidd Reply

    Glad you had such a great 2008! I can promise you the baby will rock your 2009 in a fantastic way. Do the Chicago marathon. It’s a great marathon, only better marathons are NYC and Boston.

  8. I love your recap- what a year you’ve had. I can’t wait to see how your ’09 goes- baby, boston, and all. Happy New Year!! 🙂

  9. BeachRunner Reply

    What a year! And 2009 will be even better. Happy New Year N-Slice. I wish you all the best.

  10. 2008 has been great for you, and I bet 2009 will be even better!

  11. What an awesome year you had! Great job with all that running, you rock!Where did you go on your cruise? I’m going on one in march and i can’t wait! I’m gonna attempt to run the Chicago marathon too! I’m anxiously awaiting the day they open registration cuz i’m signing up! Happy 2009!!

  12. love that you kept track of your mileage and time running for the year! 11 days…cool! FYI, i’m thinking you’ll be fine (if slow and out of shape!) for boston. i felt normal by 2 weeks post-partum, and although the weather and laziness has kept me from kicking it back into gear, physically i feel great. and remember, you kept up running (and lots more) longer than i did, and you still have a tiny belly that will deflate really fast!

  13. Thanks for sharing the pictures! Congrats on such a fun year! I’m sure 2009 will be even more exciting!

  14. DC Running Mama Reply

    Boston is awesome! So much energy and the expo rocks! You will love it.

  15. What a wonderful year you have had! It’s crazy to think how different everything will be for you this time next year!I have no doubt that soon you will be up to your old of tricks again, with lol pnut in tow 🙂

  16. lifestudent Reply

    Congrats on keeping up on your running so far! Its not about your pace (which is obviously going to slow as the lbs pile on and your body shape changes) but just the fact you are out there doing it 🙂 I wish I had that sort of determination before my peanut came … I wish I had that determination NOW!

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