2016 is just about over and I feel the need to summarize my year, especially since I’m a new blogger. I’ll spare you the month-by-month blow, but just focus on the highlights.
My first race of the year was the MacKenzie River Half Marathon in Eugene, Oregon on Easter Sunday in March, see my post: McKenzie River Half Marathon, Oregon- 36th state. As you can see, it was the 36th state I ran for my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states. I’ll let you read the post if you haven’t already for the details. After the race, my family and I drove to Bend and my post on our adventures there can be read here: Central Oregon-Eugene and Bend. We also saw tons of waterfalls at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; see my post here: Enjoy waterfalls? Try Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon.
Just about the only significant thing I can say about May is that’s when I started my blog at WordPress. Yay! I officially became a blogger then.
Straight after the race in Oregon, I had to start training for my next race, The Boulder Rez Half Marathon in Boulder, Colorado in June; post here: Boulder Rez Half Marathon, Colorado- 37th state. This was my 37th state and one of the hardest half marathons I’ve ran because of the high elevation. We also had a nice vacation after this race and you can read all about that in my post on Boulder here: Colorado in June- Hiking in Boulder and my post on Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park here: Colorado in June- Estes Park and RMNP. I highly recommend spending some time in all three places (Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Estes Park) especially if you enjoy hiking and nature.
Two days after we returned home from Colorado, we left for Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia for the weekend. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid and as you can guess from my blog post title, I had a fantastic time. My post can be found here: 5 reasons Busch Gardens Williamsburg has something for everyone. We also went to Colonial Williamsburg for a bit and you can read about that here: Colonial Williamsburg without a ticket.
Still in June, two weeks after going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, we went camping in Asheville, North Carolina. I love going to Asheville and hadn’t been camping there in several years so it was good to get back and do some hiking and enjoy the beautiful parks there. See my post on that here: Camping in Asheville, North Carolina. No surprise that June was a total whirlwind. Fortunately I didn’t have any races coming up soon so I took a break from training and just did some shorter runs when I could.
In August, I went back to one of my favorite southern US cities, Charleston, South Carolina. I love so many things about Charleston, from the people to the historical buildings to the beaches and the incredible food. I highly recommend going there if you haven’t before. See my posts about Charleston here: Top 5 Things to Do in Charleston, SC with Kids without Spending a Ton of Money and Charming Charleston- How to visit without breaking the bank.
Also in August, I started training for my next half marathon, The Silver Strand Half Marathon in Coronado, California in November. Fortunately, September and October were fairly uneventful except for my daughter’s birthday and some school-related events and swim meets for her. I needed that time to focus on my training plan so it was good to not have a lot else going on.
I left for Coronado, California on Veteran’s Day in November and ran the Silver Strand Half Marathon two days later. You can read my post on the race here: Silver Strand Half Marathon, California-38th state. I have posted some of my favorite things we did in California and have more coming. We spent almost three weeks in the San Diego area and it was absolutely fabulous. My first two posts are: Is San Diego Paradise? Not Quite… and Planning a Trip to San Diego? How to Choose Where to Go.
Finally, in December, I started training for my next race, Dogtown Half Marathon in Washington, Utah in February. I came down with a cold while in San Diego (toward the end of our vacation) that unfortunately turned into a sinus infection and bronchitis after I got back home, so my training has gotten off to a rough start but I am putting in the miles. I dread running my long runs in January because I’m just not a cold weather runner, but I’ll have to deal with that when it comes.
Happy running and happy travels to you all! Donna