2012 Year in Review


Happy New Year! 2013 seemed so far away, I can’t believe it’s January! I always say this but now I will spend months writing and scratching out 2012. It takes me forever to remember it’s a new year! So, what did everyone do last night to celebrate?

We ate pizza and watched LSU play in their bowl game, there were LOTS of fireworks going off and the dogs were none too happy about it. I put Sassy’s thundershirt on her because the poor baby was getting so nervous.

I wanted to do a little review of 2012, (like I did in 2011) to look back on the year and then look ahead to (hopefully) better things in 2013. 2012 definitely had some fun/high points, but there was also a lot of stress. DOn’t get me wrong, I had a blast many many days, but there was some yucky stuff too. Some of the things I have shared here on RWS and some I have not. There has been a lot of frustration and impatience, and trying not to focus on certain circumstances or the wrong timing of things. So, let’s take a look back and see what happened this year!


In January, I was just getting back to running after a stress fracture in my foot, and  Bobby and I celebrated 5 years of marriage.


February brought lots of running with the Rouge Orleans relay, and the Disney Princess half marathon with my mom. Bobby and I also went on a quick beach trip getaway.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.


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In March, I worked the Running Skirts booth at Rock n Roll New Orleans, and then ran the half marathon.


April brought Triathlon volunteering and running the Pensacola half marathon.

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In May, Bobby and I went on a cruise and then met my parents in Disney to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.


June brought lots of hot weather and Bobby’s 29th birthday. I was doing a lot more yoga and less long distance running.


July was my 27th birthday, and a beach trip so Bobby could get his continuing legal education credits at “summer school for lawyers.”



August brought distance running back into my life, preparing for the Disneyland half marathon and getting my coast to coast medal. I also flew to Boston to speak at the Healthy Living Summit and had a blast! We also hunkered down for a little thing called Hurricane Isaac, which ended up re routing our trip out to California.


In September we went to Disneyland for the first time, and ran the half marathon. I got my first coast to coast medal, and we can’t wait to go back!

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October was an interesting month, we got a great deal too good to pass up on a cruise, we off we went with my parents as well. Upon return, I got very sick from a sea sickness patch, but still ran a half marathon (very dizzy one!) the day after we got off the boat. I ended up at urgent care that afternoon! I also ran the Jazz half at the end of the month, still struggling with health and injury problems.

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November brought more health issues. I went to a cardiologist, had an echocardiogram, EKG, and wore a holter monitor. My dad had a conference in Orlando, so off we went again, and then ran the Wine and Dine half, while I struggled with some not so fun stomach issues. We saw a GI doctor upon return, had more tests run including an upper scope, blood work, and a gallbladder ultrasound, and I ended up on Prevacid.


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In December, I ran the Woman’s half in Baton Rouge, and the Prevacid finally started helping me. We celebrated Christmas with my family and finished up our training for Goofy’s challenge in January!

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Whew! quite a year. Not going to lie, 2012 left a lot to be desired for me. I tried really hard to not let my circumstances define me, but I did get quite anxious and frustrated by things sometimes. There were days when I thought I couldn’t take the craziness anymore, but of course I could, and did and am still pushing forward. There are a lot of times I just want to forget 2012, but then I remember it’s those not so fun experiences that teach me and grow my faith. Even when it’s tough, God is there with me through it all, and there are lessons to be learned in the things we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s just not time for things to happen how we want, and sometimes we may never know the reasons why this side of Heaven, but we ARE told to press on, and that God will give us the strength to endure if we believe in Him and ask Him to help us.

In 2012, I felt like I was living for the next day, when “things would be better” and was constantly waiting for the next thing to happen, and I don’t want to live like that! I want to live in the moment, and enjoy the present. If God chooses to change my circumstances, let it be. I am not in control and I do NOT know best! So 2013 is going to be “live in the moment” for me, whatever that means for that particular day. I want no regrets, and I don’t want to wish my life away. So who is with me? Let’s Live!

QOTD: Do you have a big goal for 2013? Do you find yourself living in the present waiting for things to happen?

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  1. Amen to your last paragraph! Here’s to living each moment in 2013 🙂 .

  2. Happy New Year Heather!

  3. amanda @ there are two sides says:

    The Goofy Challenge is my dream race! You’ll be brilliant! My goals for the year are up on my blog, I just hope I can go through with all of them!

  4. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says:

    live in the moment is my goal too! otherwise life goes too fast!

  5. Christine @ WeRunDisney says:

    Happy New Year, Heather! I hope 2013 brings lots of happy, healthy runs for you! 🙂

  6. I had some similar experiences in 2012, post race night in the hospital, Holter monitor, echo, etc and finally ended up on prevacid. Love that nothing stopped you though! Here’s to a wonderful 2013!

  7. This being my first year running I came close to running 300 miles. I think 600 for next year is a nice goal.

  8. Jeanne Derr says:

    I enjoyed reading your posts and blogs! I am not computer savvy, but you know what I mean. I’m looking forward to more. I’ll say a prayer for you to have a wonderful new year full of fun, great health and a perfect balance between doing stuff and resting your mind and body.

  9. You’ve had a great year even with the struggles. I can relate as 2007 was an absolutely horrendous year for me (ended up being my gallbladder but then experienced horrible complications afterwards). I will say that life moves forward and things get better–not always on our timetable but eventually. I ran the Disney Marathon in 2006 and am finally running another long race (the Disney Half) this year. It’s taken me a long time to bounce back (obviously!) but it is such a celebration to be back. I am going to enjoy every second of my Disney race weekend!

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