2009 did not end well for me. I experienced my second miscarriage (eerily, a year after my first one) and was completely out of sorts. I questioned many things at that point and did not feel completely whole at that point, believing that I was just terrible at the whole baby incubating thing. Way to feel like a woman….. January was a rough month for me, and I took solace in running. Whenever I was feeling down, which was a lot, I just went down to my basement and hopped on my trusty treadmill. It cleared my head for a little bit and was great for my marathon training.
Throughout the whole winter, I trained for Boston. I am SO SO very lucky to have run this race four times now. Honestly, training for the marathon was the only thing that kept me going over those months. Looking back, I never realized how truly anguished that I was. But, the reality of this training schedule kept me focused, and I plugged away at it.
February came along, and I continued to focus on my marathon training. My first test came at the Hyannis Half Marathon, where I ran somewhat of a frustrating race. I ended up finishing in 1:46, which was perfectly fine, but I never felt like I really pushed it. Apparently, my gut was correct as I crossed the half at the actual marathon in 1:44. Hyannis was great though, as many friends were there and we went to the British Beer Company afterwards.
Along came March, a trip to Mexico, the start of a back injury and some warmer temps- it was a good month! In retrospect, the back injury probably aided my day, as I tapered and cross-trained a little earlier than planned.
I guess that should be proud of myself that there is a big bottle of water on my table in this picture and not a big pitcher of margaritas!
April arrived and I wrote down goals for the marathon. It worked, and I had the RACE OF MY LIFE! I still cannot believe that it worked out so well.
Smiling in Framingham
Still smiling right before the Newton hills
With Bill after the finish!
May arrived, and I worked with my Learn to Run students and ran with Liz for the last part of her first marathon…. I thought I was a little off that morning…. because later that week
I discovered that I was pregnant.
So crazy- I really did not think that it would happen again so soon. I lived nervously for a few months and continued to run along.
My favorite running partner!
Hingham 4th of July Race with Mac and Colleen-my last race as a secret pregnant lady
End of the Summer Classic- August in Bare Cove Park
Running in Hyde Park, London, with Courtney
25 Weeks- After treadmill run in Geneva
29 Weeks at home
And now….. I have come full circle from my emotional state a year ago.
Today- 37 Weeks…. and still walk/running/yogaing/spinning…
Yes, I think I have dropped. Baby Ramsey is ready!
2010 started off terribly. Yet, it ended up being one of the best years of my life personally and professionally. It became a year of new beginnings and new hopes, which was completely unexpected. I learned a great deal about myself this year, lessons that I hope will carry me through 2011.