One of the perks of having a blog is that it makes it super easy to go back and see what I was up to in any given year!
We went on some fun vacations and I ran some beautiful trail races in 2018, but the year overall was nothing spectacular. It wasn't bad, it was just a normal year.
Things got hectic and difficult for me during the last three months of 2018, but I am determined to start 2019 with a new mindset and hopefully that will give me more happiness. (More on that on Tuesday!)
Here's what we were up to in 2018...
~ Vacations & Day Trips~
~ Races ~
I ran 9 races and they were all on trail! Here are some pictures and links to recaps in case you missed any!
What an ugly course, right!?
Another ugly course.
~ Injuries/Ailments ~
I tweaked my shoulder in February and it took awhile for it to simmer down and get back to normal. That forced me to take it easy on the weights for a couple months.
My lower back pain really started to ramp up when I went back to work in August. At the end of September, I started going to PT. My PT was awesome and he taught me so much about my body and how to manage my back pain. It was the only good experience at PT I ever had- not because I am 100% cured, but because I feel like I learned what I needed to help me moving forward.
My sleep issues got a lot worse in 2018. I finally made another appointment with my doctor and got a prescription for trazodone. It is a GAME CHANGER for me. I am not one to take medicine, but at this point, it is way more unhealthy for me to be so sleep deprived than it is for me to take medicine.
~ Other Things ~
Paul and I celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary!
I stopped biting my nails! After having the habit for 36 years, I stopped cold turkey on October 31st. I went from this...
I took over the 4th grade instrumental program at my school. It is causing me a lot of stress because it is so time consuming and my schedule really doesn't allow for me to do my "normal" teaching job plus the job of another teacher. However, all in all, it's worth it. But I'm not doing it next year or you'll find me on FMLA leave for a mental breakdown.
One of the best parts of 2018, particularly the last couple months, is that I reconnected with old friends and started cultivating relationships with new friends. I really want to keep up with these relationships in 2019 because my friends are very important to me!
What's a highlight of your 2018?