So what have I been up to the past few months?
From a work perspective, I executed a new program in the Edmonton marketplace and planned two galas for one of our top eminence programs in Canada. I also had a new professional opportunity come my way, so I will be moving onto a new organization and role starting next week. I'm looking forward to the challenge and getting back into the swing of things!
From a travel perspective, I've been all over the place. New York City, State College, Calgary, Denver, Breckenridge, Pittsburgh - it's all been wonderful. We were able to travel home for both my cousin Renee's wedding over Canadian Thanksgiving, as well as for Christmas this year, which included seeing almost all of our extended family and meeting my best friend Erin's newborn son, Bryce. And for that, we are most thankful.
From a health perspective, all was well and fine until I got knocked upside down with the flu in December. Unfortunately, it started in Denver and ended a week and a half later in Pittsburgh, and was NOT fun. In fact, just this week I'm starting to feel like I'm returning to my normal self.
From a training perspective, I took full advantage of the off-season. I spent more time with Shaun and approached fitness a bit more leisurely. I ran the Frank McNamara Fall XC Series, snuck in a PR at the Halloween Howl 10K and kicked December off with the 25K Pack Mentality run. I enjoyed meandering through the river valley with the dogs, and was constantly reminded that running the loop with them (a bonus if there's snow) is one of my favorite simple pleasures in life. I did Fall spin classes and yoga here and there, but most importantly, enjoyed the off-season.
Who knows what 2014 will bring, but I am here and ready to embrace it. I hope you all are, too!