Last Blog Post of 2013

It is currently 10:17pm on the last night of 2013 as I am writing this post. I probably won’t even get it published by the time 2014 begins but I am going to try my best.

I did not blog as much as I wanted to this year, but that does not take away from the fact that it was an incredible year. Not all moments were great, but you get the idea. I am so blessed to be able to end the year wiser, happier and healthier.

When my cousins came over on Christmas Eve for a family dinner, they reminded me that I had yet to post our Thanksgiving adventures. Sigh, the only loyal blog readers I have left are my own family members.

This year has been the year of family, I was so blessed to meet and spend time with family members from all over the country and the world.

Here are some pictures from the end of November till December. The holiday season is truly all about food and family! And running!

I started off Thanksgiving with one of the things I am the most grateful for. 2013 has been an amazing running year, I never thought I would be able to get to this point. Things were a bit bumpy with my back injury in October, but I managed to pull it together with the help of my physical therapist. I have also had the support of my incredible running group and without them I would have never been able to run as many miles as I did this year.


I Also, I ran my first 10k FASTER than I did the 8k just a few days before, It makes a huge difference when you have someone to run with!

I course, I followed up the run with a feast! My contribution to the meal was the cranberry sauce and it was a huge hit!

thanksgiving food

I was obviously the official family photographer.

thanksgiving family

Here is just a random video of some clips with my cousins. I need to work on my video skills.












Fast forward to Christmas, we had some more cousins from Michigan visit!

family 1

On Christmas Day I did a small 3k race. Ever since Thanksgiving my runs have been interesting/bad, I just could not get things going. I either felt nauseous or my shins would hurt. However, I managed to run 3-4 miles 2-3 times a week for the month of December.

I have a feeling my bad runs were due to the fact that I only ate cookies and chocolate for my meals in December.


As, long as I am out and running I refuse to complain. I am so proud of the fact that I took every opportunity I had this year to run. I just never knew when it would be my last.

Between Christmas and the days following I soaked in as much time as I could with my little cousins. I clearly took too many pictures.

family 3

We had the girls over for a fun make-your-own pizza play date!


My last run of 2013 was a tough 6-mile run. I am glad I did it simply because it was not something I could do a year ago.

6 miles

My running group is always supportive and pushes me to accomplish things I never thought I could do. I was able to finish the run but I would be lying if I said I loved every step of the way.

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It is now 2:08am and in a few short hours I will be running my first race of 2014. I am so excited to see what 2014 has in store for me and I can’t wait to see what I accomplish.

Do 2014 for no one else but yourself.

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4 Responses to Last Blog Post of 2013

  1. Joy says:

    You’ve got more readers than family – you’re still in my feedly ;-)
    Have a great run today. I have so many friends out racing and I’m SO jealous of you all! I got put on 2 months rest for overdoing it and I’m TRYING to avoid surgery and this is the first step…

  2. Jessie says:

    Wow, Sana! What a summary and wrap-up! Here’s to great health, wonderful friends and nutritious food in 2014 and beyond. I hope we’ll see you at more of the blogger parties this coming year. Next one – And there is a runner-focused one coming up in a month or so (deets yet to be set). Did you see this page and this hashtag to use in some of your tweets – #RunHoCo. Happy New Year!