As I sit here waiting to countdown to the New Year, I thought it would be nice to reflect back on 2016. 2016 wasn’t like previous years full of running, triathlon and racing, instead it was a year of family time. The girls are older and are involved in their own sports (travel hockey and travel softball). So instead of a recap of my racing, this is a recap of the family things we’ve done together. I’m digging through my instagram photos, wordpress media folder and my iphone photos etc to see what we got up to this past year:
The year started off with me choosing a word for the year: STRONG. While I wanted it to represent the physical strength I would gain over the year, I found that instead I gained a lot of mental strength this year, especially in the workplace.
In January I enjoyed spending my Friday nights skating with the kids:
February was a month FULL of hockey. The girls each played in hockey tournaments and it was cold and dark out whenever I ran. I find February and March are when I suffer the most from seasonal affective disorder, so when I look back on my instagram feed there isn’t really much there. At the end of the month we took a family trip to the Air Canada Centre to cheer on Sierra when she was the Scotia Skater for the Toronto Maple Leafs game.
The highlight of March was Brooke’s team winning a hockey tournament. She was ecstatic and so was my husband (he was the coach). Running wise March pretty much sucked because I spent it rehabbing a sprained ankle that I sustained on a run.
Ankle sprain day 3. Lots of swelling, pitting edema and discolouration. Weight bearing is pretty much pain free. I’m in bad need of a run but I think that might be contraindicated right now. Will have to settle for bicep curls, shoulder press, chest press, bent over rows, Tricep extensions etc instead. Who’s going to run a mile for me? I’m going crazy!!! #injured #liveactive #noexcuses #likeagirl #anklesprain #mileschangeyou #runchat #instarunners
April was amazing – after the incredibly long hockey season ended, we took off for a family vacation in Orlando. It was the first time we had ever travelled anywhere together as a family. For the girls it was a complete surprise because we didn’t tell them about it ahead of time. I had all of their clothes packed and ready to go when we woke them up at 4 am to leave for our flight. We had a fantastic time at World Quest in Orlando and spent 4 days at Sea World theme parks (2 days were spent at Aquatica).
May saw the return of warm weather, and softbal, including Amber’s first season of T-ball.
June was FULL of softball, but I couldn’t be happier. I’m a huge softball fan and can spend hours cheering the girls on. I was coaching Brooke’s houseleague team with my best friend Juliette – so that was also a lot of fun. I also took the girls to their first Dixie Chicks concert.
Brooke made her pitching debut and we spent the little bit of free time we had relaxing around the pool and swimming. We also went for our annual girls camping trip.
August was the end of softball season, and I took a week off of work to spend with the girls before they went back to school.We went to the beach a few days and to Canada’s Wonderland.
September started off with a nice long run with my two best running friends, softball tryouts for the 2017 softball season, and the girls headed back to school. My friend Laura also had a gender reveal party for her baby… We can’t wait to meet baby Isl sometime this January!
Managed to escape for a few hours for a holiday Monday long run with my besties! My mind was DONE at 10k but they managed to convince me to run another 5.5k. Now time to stretch, refuel, relax & read by the pool. #runtoinspire #runhappy #runnerslife #motherrunner #runnerscommunity #instarunner #nevergiveup #irunthisbody #ifeverbodyran #runningmoms #runnershigh #getafterit
October was Thanksgiving, I was on an episode of “The Goods” and we celebrated Halloween.
November was cold and dark, yet it was my highest mileage month this year!
December is always highlighted by Christmas, our annual Christmas lights run and a trip to my in-laws place in Ottawa.
All in all it was a great year, despite the lack of running. I wouldn’t trade in any of the time I spent with my family.
Happy New Year everyone!!!
What was the highlight of 2016 for you?