2018 in Review

Hello strangers, and happy new year!

It’s so cliche, but wow, does time go so much faster the older you get, especially once you have kids. Wasn’t it just, like, 2008?? It is mind blowing to me that it’s 2019 already. My Wee Bairn is almost 2!! Whaaaaaat?!

Now that that’s out of my system, let’s take a look back at my 2018, shall we? It may have been lacking a significant number of blog posts, but life carried on regardless!

2018 Goals Recap:

1) Get the Bairn registered at the gym so he can hang at their daycare while I work out.

I did this! And I brought the Bairn to the gym with me all of… 2 times. Once in January, and once in December. Well… better than 0 times? I need to remember that this is an option during the long winter now, because it worked really well each time; he seemed to have a blast in the play area and I got to get my Expresso Bike on.

2) I’m registered for a half marathon in April; while I ran a half in 2016 without properly training, I’d like to NOT make that a habit. So, I’d like to train for this race. 

Umm, right. Yes. Well, I *started* training for the half. Then the Bairn got sick, and then I got sick, and training plans got derailed. I managed to get up to 5 miles and then my body started hurting. So I dropped down to the 5K and ran that instead, and it was one of the best running decisions I’ve made. You can read all about it here. So, while I didn’t hit my goal exactly, I did end up training for the race I ran, and also didn’t run a race I wasn’t trained for, so I call that a win.

3) Continue reading. Read more books by People of Color and from backgrounds not like mine. Continue reading to the Bairn as often as he’ll let me. 

I read!! A lot! I chugged through 43 books in 2018, which is way more than I anticipated reading. I didn’t even sign up for the Goodreads challenge because I didn’t want to be disappointed if I missed my goal. As for the rest of the goal, only 8 of the 43 were written by PoC, and a handful more were by and about people with backgrounds not like mine. It’s a start, but I could certainly read harder than I did last year. 13 of the 43 books were fiction, and 14 of the 30 nonfiction were parenting-related books, so clearly there was a trend to my reading this year (mostly on the theme of “OMG I have a toddler now, what do I do??”)

As for reading to the Bairn… one of my proudest bits of this parenting gig is that the Bairn *loves* books. We read him 3 every night before bed, and throughout the day he’ll pick random ones up and either ask us to read them to him or he’ll just start leafing through on his own. It’s adorable and awesome, and I hope his love of books continues as he gets older!

4) Actually use the jogging stroller for jogging!

This happened!! Only twice, that I can remember, but it happened! I pushed the Bairn in a race (recap still forthcoming…….) and pushed him around the pond once. I’m hoping to do more of it this year, especially because a new rail trail opened nearby so I’ll have a new cool place to run!

5) Get out and about with the Bairn more. I was scared to drive with him for quite a while, and also scared to mess with his fragile nap schedule. But Drew and I realized we didn’t do a whole lot with him in his first year. His grandparents got him memberships to the aquarium and Children’s Museum, so putting those to good use will be a start!

I definitely got better with this. I only ventured to the Children’s Museum solo with him once (and we met up with friends there, so it wasn’t totally solo), but we did way more out and about in 2018 than we did in 2017. We went to the mall, grocery shopping, to various libraries and storytimes, to friends’ houses, the zoo, and even to a trial class at the Little Gym. During the summer, nearly every morning I was home with him would feature a stroller walk to Dunkies for a giant iced coffee, and then a walk to one of several parks nearby. I may not have done many stroller runs this year, but I did take some epic stroller walks! Oh, and the Bairn and I spent several days out and about on our own in Berlin… more on this later!

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Animal stare-down at the zoo

 

My 2018 in Numbers (Running)

Total miles: 20.9 (up from 15.84 in 2018… up is up, right?)

Races completed: 3 (up from from 0 in 2018; 2 5Ks and 1 6K)

States raced in: 1 (up from 0 in 2018; good ol’ home sweet home, Massachusetts)

MA towns raced in: 3 (up from 0 in 2018; Easthampton, Reading, and Worcester)

Countries raced in: 1 (up from 0 in 2018; US)

PRs beaten: 1 (6K)

DNSs: 0

Not my best year by far, but I’m totally okay with that. It was an improvement from 2017, and improvements are improvements, no matter how humble!

Firsts and Milestones (Running)

  • New 6K PR: 37:01 (previously 38:14)
  • First time running in the Massachusetts towns of Easthampton and Reading. I need to update my running maps!
  • Ran my first race pushing a jogging stroller (recap still forthcoming…… one of these days!).
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    Shammies at the Samantha’s Harvest 5K

Firsts and Milestones (Personal)

  1.  I started a new job after 12 years at my previous one (I wrote a bit about this a few months ago)
  2. I flew internationally with a toddler for the first time… and lived to tell about it!
  3. Related to above – I went to Germany for the first time! We spent a few days in Berlin, where the Bairn and I did a bit of wandering around while Drew worked. We saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall, explored to the zoo, took in the Festival of Lights, and went to a LOT of playgrounds:
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    Exploring one of Berlin’s many, many playgrounds

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    Part of the Festival of Lights

  4. Goals for 2019


1) Establish some kind of mileage base and try to run as regularly as life will allow. I’ve learned that running makes a significant difference to my mental health, and now that I’m facing a year with a two year old, I’ll need all the help I can get!

2) Run a half marathon. I kind of hate them while I’m running them, but it’s a good goal to train for, and it would allow me to throw my name in the hat for a marathon number if I choose to do so later this year.

3) Continue to make an effort to read harder (see recap of last year’s goals), using Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge if I need a push. Also, read more fiction. I didn’t have enough fiction in my life last year. And keep reading to the Bairn as much as possible.

4) Make coffee at home more and use some of my massive stash of travel mugs. Having the Starbucks app is daaaaaaangerous, folks.

5) Go to the gym more than twice this year. I don’t even want to calculate my cost-per-visit for 2018… those were some dang expensive Expresso Bike rides, and that is not sustainable.

6) A bonus goal for the year – try to be more mindful, especially in the moments when the Bairn can be a bit, well, toddlerish. Breathe more, yell less.

Happy 2019! What was your favorite thing about 2018? What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

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9 thoughts on “2018 in Review

  1. Hey! Nice to see you around these parts again! I’m trying to get back on the blogging wagon. It’s not an official goal for 2019, but I’d like it to happen. My favorite part of 2018 was welcoming miss baby to the family. 😊

  2. Always love seeing posts and try to reply :). I think that while you give yourself a rough time, you had a pretty good year and should be happy – having time to focus on the baby/toddler is the priority …

    I am at the other end – I own most of my time, so my running is my choice, not taken away from anyone else. My goals for this year remain the same – keep running, stay safe and healthy, eat well, and spend loads of time with my wife doing stuff we enjoy including another two vacations to new places.

    Hope you guys have an awesome 2019 and that the ‘terrible twos’ are not so bad!

    • Those are some good goals!

      And thanks 🙂 Last year felt a lot like the “terrible twos” already so hopefully I’ve developed some coping techniques… I hear the next few years only get more “fun” (and fun for real!)

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