Our Lovely Chaos

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Fastest Year (Days 110 and 111)

If you asked a runner - a real runner, a competitive runner - about the fastest year in his life, I'm willing to bet that at least some would respond with races won and gains made in running; that is, being fast. Not me. When I am old and gray, if you ask about my fastest year, I won't remember race PRs or speed intervals that made my heart pound.

I will remember this year.

Exactly a year ago today, I held newborn twins in my arms for the first time, and started the greatest adventure of my life.

It was an eventful year in other ways too:

  • My husband graduated from law school.

  • We moved across the country from Chicago to Colorado, in a three-day road trip with seven-week-old twins and our "big" kids too.

  • My husband also studied for and passed the bar exam, and started a new job.

  • Our eldest started preschool.

  • My (lovely, amazing) sister got married, and the oldest and I traveled to be part of the celebration.

  • We hosted visitors multiple times - our dear friend Michelle, Grandma (several times, and Grandpa once too, and soon Grandma again with Aunt Faye), along with Aunt Katie and her lovely husband for Christmas. 

  • We had injuries (a sprained ankle, a sprained back) and illness (stomach flu, possible whooping cough in the girls that caused our first ER visit) and plenty of garden-variety colds through the winter season.

  • The little guy potty trained.

And somewhere through all of that, we started running...and haven't stopped yet.

In a year, I have gone from this:


To this:

And the girls have gone from this:

To this:

They eat, they crawl and wow do they keep me busy - but I wouldn't have it any other way. I celebrated this very fast year with some very fast speed intervals this morning, and can't wait to see what milestones we reach in the next year. Happy birthday to my sweet and wonderful twins!

Miles added since my last post:

1.51 miles (hills!)
2 miles (speed drills!)

For a total of: 3.51 miles

Year to date miles: 158.86 miles


  1. I feel you on the fastest year thing! This year has been FLYING BY!! I think it's because we don't have time to slow down - EVER! :-) Happy Birthday again to your sweet little girls. ♥

  2. Our 2nd little girl turns 1 on Saturday and I have to agree that this year has flew(or flown, not sure which one is correct) by. I couldn't imagine having 2 bundles of joy at once. Congrats on your run today and Happy Birthday to those 2 beauties!

  3. So beautiful! Sounds like you have had a very busy year!

  4. You are the best mom of four I know! With the cutest kids too. I can't wait to visit again soon!

    And, hills and speed drills??! Have I mentioned how awesome you are?!

  5. This like, almost made me cry a little. I'm not quite sure why. I think your infectious enthusiasm for your children and your one precious life inspires me so much.

    I'm scared that when I get around to having children that I'll resent them for their effects on my body and my time, but you seem to find joy in overcoming both of those obstacles with grace and patience.

    I hate to sound so sappy for not even really knowing you, but it's true. Keep doing what you're doing. It's SO inspiring to me!

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  7. I love this post!!! I vividly remember a year ago and I cannot believe it's been that long. You rock mama! Love you!