2 Years of Living, Running & Growing!

So yesterday I quite by accident realized that today is exactly 2 years from my very first blog post!

I wasn’t necessarily planning to write about it, but since I didn’t have anything else planned for today I figured it may be a good time to recap a little bit about the past two years and share some of my favorite posts!

I began blogging shortly after running my first race ever, the 2011 Wine & Dine Half Marathon which has become somewhat of an anniversary race for me…

W&D Anniversary Collage…in total I’ve run 8 half marathons, 3 full marathons, 1 mud run, a few other races of various distances and I’m currently training for an event so crazy they actually call it Dopey!

Dopey Challenge Graphic

Wine & Dine 2011 is also where I met this crew…

Herd Medal Photo

Me, Daniel, Jenn & Pat
Dumbo Double Dare 2013

…since then we’ve run many races together (most at Disney, but some not), all crashed in 1 room for 2 race trips, dressed up as characters from Cars (and are currently working on costumes for January!), and I can’t confirm, but we may or may not have a group text that’s been running for over a year.

Since I started blogging I’ve also left a full time job to go back to school and became a certified yoga teacher!


I am so thankful that I started blogging and can easily look back on all of these experiences!

I’m also thankful for the many friends I’ve made through running and blogging – from the 3 above who I’m still surprised aren’t sick of me yet, to Christine who I ran the Marine Corp Marathon with (26.2 miles is quite the bonding experience!), and many others.  Some of you I’ve had the opportunity to meet at races and some are still just “blogisphere” friends, either way I love the community and your support and I look forward to reading your comments and following along with your adventures!  (And it’s a good thing we have each other, because lord knows our “non-running” friends are sick of listening to us talk about running!)

Thank you to all of you for stopping by (and coming back!) and here’s to another year of Living, Running and Growing!


Some of my favorite posts from the past year:

21 Things You May Not Know About Me

26 Things I Learned During Marathon Training**

**this is by FAR the post popular post I’ve ever written!

Yoga for Runners

Yoga for Runners – Stop Foot Abuse!

R.I.C.E. for Runners

Dumbo Double Dare: The 10k

The Story of Madison


17 thoughts on “2 Years of Living, Running & Growing!

  1. Wow the Dopey Challenge sounds fun! I have yet to do Disney. I tend to hide in the corners and run marathons in places that won’t cause me to go broke. haha. Congrats to you and you 2 year blogiversary!

  2. Just read some of those posts. You’ve influenced me to do a pet anniversary post since this Sunday is one. He may be with my parents, but he comes running at me when I visit.

    And I hate heels too. Is it normal to blame them for contributing to my ITBS? Seriously, I do, my IT band seems to flare up after I wear heels.

    • Yay! I love that you’re going to do a pet anniversary post! I love celebrating Madison’s anniversary – we celebrate her birthday too, but we’re not 100% sure that’s her actual birthday so her anniversary feels more important!

      And yes, I think it makes total sense that heels could both IT band issues! I am really not a fan of whoever invented heels.

  3. I just found your blog – i am also training for the dopey!! Super scared, but it is Disney, and as long as I have fun. I would love to see what your training plan is like. Great blog!

    • Hi Suzanne, thanks for stopping by! I’d be happy to send you the Dopey training plan I’m using if you’d like to see it, just send me your e-mail address to liverungrow@gmail.com

      Just keep in mind I am coming off recently completing a full marathon in October so I’ve scaled it back a bit and am focusing on maintaining rather than building up mileage.

    • Thanks for stopping by Vickie! Dopey will definitely be quite a challenge! I think the key is going to be taking is slow and not worrying about my time for any of the 4 runs. We’ll see how it goes!

  4. Congrats on 2 years! I did my first half in April and my first marathon will be at Disney in Jan. We might rub elbows as you pass me. Good luck on the Dopey! I debated it in my head as I ran this morning as to whether I would ever want to do it. I guess I will see how the marathon goes first.

  5. Congrats!! I miss my blogiversry every year. I’m going to just have to put it on my calendar. Love following you on your adventures. To another great year of running and writing!

  6. Happy anniversary! I don’t know when mine is, but I’m pretty sure I’m still under the year mark. Definitely glad to have come across your blog! It’s nice knowing there’s someone going through/experiencing similar things and being so close (geographically – although we only meet in other states lol). Congrats and looking forward to your future writings! 🙂

    • So the funny thing is when I was writing this past I went back and looked at my “anniversary” post from last year and you commented on it – you said something about hopefully we’ll meet in 2014 since you weren’t doing any Disney races in 2013…hmmmm. : )

      • LOL that is pretty funny. I should have known better! Although I think I said that before the Dumbo was announced and I figured out it timed so perfectly with the honeymoon…who am I kidding? I think me saying I’m not doing a Disney race for an entire year has to be a joke! lol

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