28 things

Tomorrow I turn 29. 

As I leave behind being a 28 year old, I thought it would be fun to list 28 things I will remember about being 28.  Since my birthday is at the beginning of the year a lot of it will be the same as my 2010 recap, but in a bit of a different format.

Here we go!

1.  My birthday party – I had a long run of 12 miles and Chris suggested a route (2 3 miles out and backs) and location so I was fine with it.  I was not having a great run and was planning on quitting when I got back to the car after 6 miles.  When I ran up I noticed a few people waiting around my car and when I got close enough I realized it was all my running best friends!  A surprise running party?  Couldn’t ask for anything more perfect?  Oh except for having brunch at my favorite spot after.


2. The muddiest race I ever hope to “run.”


3.  Running Surf City half marathon with Kristin for her birthday.

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4. Wandering around the Oakland redwoods for my longest trail race to date.


5. My half marathon PR!

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6. Watching my husband cross the finish line to his first triathlon.

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7. Finishing my 7th marathon, the hardest and most beautiful to date.


8. Running a 200 mile relay the next weekend.  Insane.

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9. Hating my life during a half marathon the next weekend (3 in 3), yet finishing it and co-hosting a bridal shower for my future sister in law.

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10. Getting a road bike (and actually riding it and enjoying it)!


11.  Watching Chris finish his first half ironman after some serious mechanical issues during the race.

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12. Finally getting an age group award!

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13. Going to Boston (and the east coast) for the first time.

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14. Celebrating FIVE years of marriage to Chris.


15. Throwing my future sister in laws bachelorette party.

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16.  Surprising myself during the San Francisco half marathon.

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17.  Getting to be the matron of honor in my brother’s wedding and welcoming my new sister in law to the family.

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18.  Going to Maui on vacation (and running into our friends while we were there).

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19. Riding my longest ride to date – 60 miles – around West Maui.

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20. Finishing the CA dreaming race series at Long Beach and getting to run with Nicole during the final miles of her marathon.



21.  Frantically registering for the Boston Marathon.

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22. Finishing the Healdsburg half marathon for the 3rd year in a row on the most beautiful foggy day.


23. Getting my acceptance into the Boston Marathon.


24. Running through the rain.  A lot.


25. Crossing the finish line of marathon #8.

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26. Celebrating New Years.


27. Everyday I got to see these adorable furr-babies.

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28. Being able to look back on a year full of love, friends, life, laughs, and truly feeling blessed.   

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28 was a great year and 29 will be even better!

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41 Responses to 28 things

  1. li January 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Have a happy birthday, Aron!

  2. Kelly January 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Have a happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great year!!!

  3. Joe Condon January 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday Aron! I’ll see you at Las Lomas track on Wednesday. After that Maui bound!

  4. Christine January 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Happy Birthday Aron!!! May all your wishes come true!! :)

  5. Adrienne January 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Aron!

  6. Marci January 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Happy Birthday Aron, 29 is a great age to be!!

  7. barbie January 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    very cool post! looks like this past year was a sucessful and awesome one for you. here is to 29 being even better! happy early b.day!!

  8. Michelle January 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Happy Birthday! May your first (of many) 29th birthday be very memorable :)

  9. Demi January 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  10. Rachel January 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    happy birthday aron! looks like 28 was good to you : )

  11. Jo Lynn January 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Great job! Wow, could you imagine if I did that? It would have to be 46 things about ME in the last year? Dang, that would bore people to death! LOL I will be wishing you a happy birthday tomorrow sometime. Watch for it! xoxoxoxo ;)

  12. the dawn January 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    what an amazing year! happy birthday!

  13. Amanda January 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Happy Birthday Aron!
    Thanks for the email about the Lululemon runs, they sound super fun. I’ll be 29 this year too, such a good time than ever to rock it out. I hear the 30′s are awesome too, but I’m going to enjoy the last year in my twenties.
    Great pictures and experiences :)

  14. Zoe January 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I love this! What a great year! Happy 29th birthday to you, Aron! And this year you will have BOSTON! So exciting!

  15. Lisa January 16, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a great year and have a wonderful life. Enjoy the last year of your twenties. Believe it or not, it gets even better in your thirties…

  16. Emily January 16, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARON! I hope you’re celebrating with a great run and lots of fun!

  17. Kristy @ RunTheLongRoad January 16, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    It’s so awesome that a majority of your 28 things are running-related. That makes for a great year! Happy Birthday!

  18. Kristen January 16, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    What a great post. Happy end of 28 and beginning of 29. The fun is just starting :)

  19. Mica January 16, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Happy birthday, Aron! It looks your like embracing 29 with a really great mindset, ready to do anything!

  20. Jen January 16, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Happy birthday, Aron! It looks like 28 was a wonderful year for you! And I’m conviced we’re lviing somewhat parallel lives. I turn 29 in March, and year of 28 was defined by half PRs, age group awards, learning to bike, and cheering on my Ironman hubby :)

  21. Stacey January 16, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    What a fun post! Looks like 28 was great! Happy Birthday!

  22. Detroit Runner January 16, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Wow! Great year. HB!

  23. jamie January 16, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    You had one heck of a 28th year! I hope 29 treats you even better. Happy Birthday!!!

  24. Marie C. January 16, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Wow! You had an awesome year!

  25. Stacie January 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Happy happy 29th birthday! I hope that it is an amazing year for you!!

  26. Lauren @ LaurenRuns January 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you’ve had a great year, and I hope the next one to come is as good or better!

  27. J January 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Hope this year is just as awesome as last year!!

  28. Bethany January 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you are having a great day today! i enjoyed looking back on your year, wow, you sure ran a lot of half marathons and a lot of races with friends! looks like 29 will be a great year for you!

  29. Kiley January 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Happy birthday Aron! You did so much last year. Thanks for all the motivation, I love reading your blog!

  30. Laura January 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I love how you did this post! Happy birthday!

  31. Nicole January 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    I’m all sorts of emotional and totally teared up about your shout out to me. Ill never forget that race Aron. You were there when i needed a friend & it really meant alot. I hope you had the happiest of birthdays, your friendship truly means the world to me! <3 xoxo

  32. Toronto Girl West January 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Awwww . . . you have had an absolutely amazing year! :) And your 29th will be even better (Boston baby!!!)!!!!!!!!!

    Happy Birthday Aron! :)

  33. lindsay January 17, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    happy belated birthday aron! hope you had a wonderful day!!

  34. Page January 17, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    I love this post! You had a great year and the best is yet to come! Happppppy birthday :)

  35. onelittletrigirl January 17, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    What a fun post- I love it!

    You had a fabulous year- cannot wait to see what 2011 brings you…and I am VERY excited to meet you in Boston!!!!

  36. The Laminator January 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday again Aron!
    Wow, I can’t believe you’re only “29″ :)
    So many great accomplishments already.
    So many more adventures awaits you.
    Best wishes on a spectacular year.
    Maybe THIS is the year we’ll finally get to meet =P
    Happy B-Day!

  37. tara January 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    29 is gonna be devine! ;)

  38. Melanie January 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    How fun, and happy belated birthday!

  39. Marlene January 25, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Ahhhh what a great year and awesome post. CHEERS!


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