Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 - Year in Review

2014 was an interesting year, and my first year blogging! It got off to a good start with crossing off some major bucket list experiences in the winter and training for the NYC half through the Polar Vortex.

The "We" refers to the hubby, who was by my side for a majority of these events!

January saw us freezing for a reason with Larissa at the Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics. 

Polar Bear plunge NJ Selfie
Probably the most epic selfie I have ever taken

In February, we along with fellow blogger friend the Traveling Mortician, snagged an awesome deal for a once in a lifetime chance to stay at the amazing Ice hotel - Hotel De Glace. While we were there, we got in a little more adventure by dog sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling

Quebec City Winter Activities
Winter fun at Hotel De Glace in Quebec City
The highlight of the year was probably March. Not only did we run the famous NYC Half as our very first half marathon, but we also spent a long weekend in iceland spelunking, trying new foods, seeing the famous golden circle, and best of all Ice climbing a Glacier!

Brian got a major PR in the Asbury park half in April, which he had signed up for when he thought the NYC half hadn’t accepted him.

Runapalooza Asbury Park Half

May saw us riding through NYC in the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour.

TD 5 boro bike tour

Then there was China. Between planning and the actual trip, this took up the rest of the month. We walked the Great Wall, witnessed the Terra cotta Warriors in person, partied in the modern Shanghai, and I even ate a scorpion.

China tour with affordable asia

Summertime - June through August

Once we returned from China on Memorial Day, my training went a bit downhill as I spent way too many lazy days poolside instead of running. 

The reason I'm not in better shape right now! ha!
We did manage to run a local 5k, The George Sheehan classic, which was our very first 5k exactly one year prior.
George Sheehan Classic 5k
Coming full circle on 1 year of running
I discovered an amazing way to Winery hop, Pour and Pedal, and it would be this day that I would learn of the NJ Wine Passport program and accept the challenge of visiting all 39 participating wineries by May 2015.

Pour and Pedal NJ
Biking to wineries with the Traveling Mortician - so much fun!
My obstacle race fix was satisfied in August with the Tri-State Battlefrog, which served as my wake up call to how out of shape I was getting. 

battlefrog obstacle race

September - November 

I bought P90x3 and started but never finished the program.... This will be corrected!
We took up indoor climbing at our local rock gym and became belay certified. It remains a favorite hobby of mine.

Indoor climbing at gravity vault

In early fall Larissa and I tried to be part of a World record by participating in the Asbury Park Zombie walk. Sadly, the record wasn't broken this year...

Asbury Park Zombie Walk
Zombified by the Traveling Mortician
The rest of the fall perhaps saw wayyyy too much Winery hopping as we became determined to complete the passport program. We are now at 21 wineries and counting....

New Jersey Wineries - Laurita

One weekend we combined winery hopping in Cape May with the NJ lighthouse challenge, where we
visited some NJ cities for the first time and climbed 1,271  lighthouse steps. 

New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge

Run the Vineyards 5k happened at one of the wineries, Hawk Haven, where I tripped on a root and posted my worst official 5k time to date!
Run the vineyards 5k - Hawk Haven


Time to get our $hit together! The year is ending on a high note with good times at the Ugly Sweater Run.

Ugly Sweater run Citi field

We will also be crossing off a MAJOR bucket list item this week - the Great Pyramids of Egypt! The year will finish up with New Year’s in Dubai. We don’t plan on missing a single workout on this trip as we made sure the hotel has a state of the art fitness center inside.

How was your year? Did you check anything big off the bucket list? 

Stay tuned for a preview of what 2015 has in store for us! 

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