Oh, what a Year! plus #RunHappy News!

My friend Angela over at Happy Fit Mama posted a “Year in Running” post and encouraged us all to do the same – why the heck not?! Nothing like taking a look back as such a pivotal year – shoot I’ll add in other stuff too! And it’s Thankful Thursday so why not reflect on great things I am super thankful for?!
Best race experience? The Women’s Half Marathon on 11.18.12
Best run? too many to list! I’d say the last long run I did with Kris, B.o.B., P Funk where we hadn’t all been together, running, in a long while – conversations switched from one crazy topic to another and the miles didn’t feel like miles.
Best new piece of gear? Brooks Pure Cadence sneaks!
Best piece of running advice you received? “No new is good new on race day.” Fuel the same, dress in clothes that preferably aren’t new, keep things the same. If not, you can end up with bad blisters or a heck of a tummy issue for sure.
Most inspirational runner? Michele from nycrunningmama.com! I’ve been a reader of Michele’s for some time now and, while there are a ton of runners who inspire me (and it was hard to just note one as ‘most inspirational’), seeing how quickly she’s jumped back into running – after giving birth to her second child – really pushes me towards the “no excuses if you can help it” mentality.

Happiest moment of the year? Saying “I do” to my hubby in Antigua on 5.5.12!

Highlights & Achievements: Super awesome wedding-related celebrations, meeting the lovely ladies of the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, bonding with my running partners, running my first 15k, running my first Half Marathon, starting my blog back in June (so much has happened in 6 months!), becoming a Sweatpink Sister, becoming a FitFluential Ambassador, becoming a Fit 2 Run Ambassador, pacing a friend to her 5k PR, winning my iPad & going to CGLBlogCon, having such a blessed life full of awesome friends and family!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Go the Distance! Push yourself to your farthest limit, don’t get too comfortable!

I never thought that starting a blog about my life as a newlywed – when wedding planning ended, I had no idea what to do with myself! – and working towards becoming a more proficient runner would lead me to where I am now! I’ve welcomed change and it’s put me in a very happy place!

See the positive in everything!
Speaking of Brooks & Highlights, oh my … I was thrilled to hear even more fantastic news last week when I found out I was chosen to be sponsored for the 2013 Brooks Inspire Daily (ID) Program!
Brooks I.D. stands for Inspire Daily. These two simple words guide the principles of the program. Brooks I.D. is made up of over 800 members who are active in their running communities and share a passion for the Brooks brand. They are runners who are winners in their own right: Winning their age divisions, accomplishing their personal goals, pushing their own limits, and, by extension, encouraging others to do the same. They are coaches, mentors, and leaders.
I’ll be one of their Media partners who will review products and be able to try gear from a brand I truly love! Those who know me know that I’ve ranted and raved about my love of my Brooks sneaks – which I am up to 6 pairs of. I have worn Brooks Pure Cadence, and now Ravennas also, since Gasparilla’s race back in March. I have been loyal to the brand and now have 4 pairs of the Cadence – including the NEW Pure Cadence 2! – and also have turned hubs into a lover of Brooks. I am super excited & proud to be part of this program heading into next year and will do my very best to inspire others!
Sidenote: Jaeden asked that I add this into my post – He’s hoping … paws crossed… for me to pass on to Brooks that he’s looking forward to a Pure Pawdence line for pups. I asked him not to hold his breath.
My first order of Brooks official I.D. business will be to join them at the Disney Marathon weekend Expo January 11 (Friday) the day before I run the half – hope to see some of you there there!
How has your year in running & in general been? – Hey, you should do this post too!
Any great news coming up for 2013?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    December 20, 2012, 12:33 pm

    ok Im sure it’s just misfit me 🙂
    but why caint I comment from ipad?!
    any thoughts?


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      December 20, 2012, 1:37 pm

      I use my iPad to blog and comment on others…hmm..stuck in mobile mode?

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    December 20, 2012, 12:48 pm

    LOVE this post, Kat, and congrats on the Brooks news–you’ll be great! Since I’ve been blogging for about six months, I could scrounge up enough races and events for a year in review post; adding it to my to-write list. 🙂

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    December 20, 2012, 12:54 pm


    My year in running was really special 🙂

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    December 20, 2012, 1:06 pm

    You HAVE had an amazing year! You’ve worked hard for it and deserve all the great news and opportunities that come to you 🙂 I am so glad we met this year and become great buds. On to 2013!

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    December 20, 2012, 1:26 pm

    What an awesome year!!! I love this post and will have to do one too! Congrats congrats on the Brooks ID!!!! That’s so awesome!!!

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      December 20, 2012, 1:38 pm

      You totally should, thanks Mindy! So excited!

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    December 20, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I love seeing these! Thanks for sharing!

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    December 20, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Kat that is SOOO exciting!!! 🙂

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      December 20, 2012, 2:41 pm

      I’m thrilled Jen, 2013 has got a lot of competition!

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    December 20, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Congrats on the Brooks sponsorship! I just looked up what Womens Half you did and I see it’s in St. Petersburg in 2013 – I may do that one!

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    December 20, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Fantastic news about Brooks!! You had a great year, Kat… so many new achievements. Glad we could connect in blogland, and I’m excited to see what 2013 will bring for you!

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      December 20, 2012, 2:42 pm

      Me too, if you can make it to fitbloggin that’d be so awesome!

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    December 20, 2012, 2:41 pm

    I love this recap of the year for you!! Such exciting things have come your way this year, and you’ve grown so much!!!! So grateful to have found you! You’re such a great friend! Xo

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    December 20, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Great recap! I might have to steal this. I can’t believe you joined FF and SweatPink this year, you are such an inspiration!

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      December 20, 2012, 5:21 pm

      You should! thanks that means a lot Kelly!

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    December 20, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Congratulations on such an amazing year! Would love to know more about the Brooks ID program!

    You’ve had such a rockstar year and more to come in 2013!

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      December 20, 2012, 6:21 pm

      I just love the company and was able to help out for the upcoming year so I hopped on the chance! Thanks Megan

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    December 20, 2012, 4:36 pm

    That sounds like an awesome year! I hope and pray that 2013 is even better!

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    December 20, 2012, 4:55 pm

    You had such an inspiring year!


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      December 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

      Thanks Kat, haha same name different awesome person!

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    December 20, 2012, 5:10 pm

    I love this post! I was thinking of doing something similar!! Congrats on an amazing and inspiring year 🙂 I look forward to another!! Also – That is kickass about Brooks!!!

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      December 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

      You should totally do it! Thank you so much! You too girlie! xo

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    December 20, 2012, 6:56 pm

    You have really had a great year! Congrats to you! And how awesome to get to be working with Brooks since you love the company so much! I’m going to be coming to the expo on Friday I hope, so I’ll see you at your booth! How fun!

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    December 20, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Awesome year of running (and life!) for you! I think I’m going to do a similar post in my Best of 2012 running recap, it’s so fun to read. 🙂

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    December 20, 2012, 7:23 pm

    Fabulous year Kat! We may have to write one if these posts too. See you in WDW!

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    December 20, 2012, 8:36 pm

    YAY! This was such an amazing year for you – and it ended with a bang – congrats, again, on the brooks sponsorship! SO cool =)
    And thank you, again, for mentioning me here – means so much to me =) xoxo

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      December 20, 2012, 10:49 pm

      Aw thanks for stopping by Michele! It’s all true 😉

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    December 20, 2012, 8:51 pm

    Oh gosh, What a fun year! I’m SO excited for you to be a brooks ambassador! you’re going to rock it!

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    December 20, 2012, 9:52 pm

    You had a great year, girl! Congratulations!

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    December 20, 2012, 10:02 pm

    Congrats on a great year! You have so much to celebrate, and I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you! And congrats on becoming part of the Brooks’ I.D. program. I love my Brooks Pure Cadence so much!!! Hope to see you again soon. I’ll be in Tampa Dec. 22-27 but not sure how much time I’ll have. xo

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      December 20, 2012, 10:52 pm

      Thanks Jes! If you have time, definitely hit me up when you’re here! 😉 xo

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    December 20, 2012, 10:58 pm

    I love my fellow Brooks runner! Kat, what a HUGE year. Your wedding date is my blog’s birthday. I like that. A blog is far, far less special, but I still feel like it connects me to you in some weird way. You have so much to be proud of. Congrats on a big year!

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      December 21, 2012, 2:52 am

      Aw how cool is that?! You are NOT less special, you’re my Aussie bestie! You kicked butt in that marathon like no ones business! Thank you!

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    December 21, 2012, 1:07 am

    Great recap, and congrats on being a Brooks ambassador! What an honor and accomplishment 🙂

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    December 21, 2012, 3:50 am

    I love reading all these running recaps! You had a great year and here’s to many more happy and healthy runs in 2013. Congrats on being chosen for the Brooks program too!

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      December 21, 2012, 1:12 pm

      Thanks Christine, can’t wait to see you get back to racing next year too, yay! 🙂

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    December 21, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Oh so jealous. I have been dying to do something with Brooks. First running shoes I ever bought! Congrats lady you have worked hard this year all good things coming your way. Heart your face and glad we met. 🙂

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    December 23, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Congrats on your wedding! Sounds like you’ve had an amazing year. Your running advice is great!! I always hear about people “saving” a new item for race day–bad idea!! I enjoyed getting to know you in this post!

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    December 28, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Congrats on being selected for the Brooks program! That’s awesome!! And P.S., those race medals are SWEET!

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