Memorable Moments of 2011…

Okay, so I swore I wouldn’t write one of these nostalgic “Looking Back” entries, but 2011 has been a super busy and exciting year for me, and I’ve gotten a lot of new readers. So, since I wanted to look back on it myself, here goes nothing. I’ll even break it down month by month!

January 2011

I ran my first half marathon on January 8 and finished with a time of 2:08:35.

I was happy with my time- it was under a 10 min/mile pace, which is not bad for my first time running 13 miles. Despite the race being super small, cold, and having to run through a construction zone and over two overpasses, I really had a great day.

Unfortunately, I got incredibly sick after my half marathon and ended up missing most of the next week at work, but I got better in time to run the Polar Bear 5K with some of my running friends and my friends from work. This race IS taking place in 2012 and I can’t wait to do it again (I actually ran 4 miles of hill intervals on the treadmill this morning to get ready for that big hill!).

February 2011

February was spent getting everything ready for my wedding. Clay’s family threw me a bridal shower where I got lots of amazing gifts, and it was super fun coming home to packages being delivered from family members who live out of town or getting wedding cards in the mail.

I also went to Myrtle Beach with my amazing best math nerd college buddies, Jenn and Tiffany, for a pre-wedding getaway. We went to Margaritaville and shopped and had lots of fun.

March 2011

March 5, 2011 was the big day for Clay and I… we got hitched!

We also had an amazing reception at our apartment, and when we went to visit my family this Christmas, people were still talking about how good the food was (yep, simple wedding, big food. We know why people really come to weddings!).

We celebrated our marriage that night by going to Brusters in our pajamas for free ice cream. I have a feeling every anniversary will be celebrated with ice cream and pajamas, and that’s totally fine by me!

I also ran the McLeod Sports Medicine 10K and finished first place in my age group.

April 2011

I spent April taking it easy, dealing with an infected wisdom tooth, and packing for our honeymoon. Clay and I also went to our friends’ Brian and Ashley’s wedding in Columbia. Clay was a part of the wedding, and it was neat to be a spectator at a wedding only a month after our own.

May 2011

May was a super busy month!

Clay and I went on our honeymoon- a 7 day, 6 night cruise on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas! We had an amazing time, met some neat people, went on a sailboat for the first time, went ice skating and rock wall climbing, ate tons of amazing food, and still avoided gaining the newlywed nine.

I also ran the Race for Taylor, which is one of my favorite races and I can’t wait to run it again in 2012. I placed second overall female in the 5K. The race was on the day when the rapture was “predicted”, so I even made a goofy sign!

I also ran the Run for the Heroes Memorial Day 5K/10K here in town. It was Clay’s first 5K, so I was excited to run it with him and since it was an out-and-back, I saw him to cheer for him on my way back and when he finished. We’d ran 3 other 5Ks together since this race!

I was technically the first place female overall, but the race did not given overall awards to women (there were only 3 overall awards, and obviously males won them). Needless to say, the race director had 6 very angry females talk to him after the race, and even though he said he’d have female categories in 2012, I won’t be running it again.

June 2011

Clay and I went to our amazing friends’ Ashley and Neil’s wedding! It was an outdoor wedding and slightly hot, but we had a great time. They even had ice cream at their wedding, which was a pretty cool idea since it was in June! Ashley and Neil are one of our best couple friends, and it was great being there for them on their special day.

I also had an article about online giving published in my company’s newsletter. I edit the newsletter each month, but it was super cool seeing my name in a byline again for writing :).

July 2011

I started doing CrossFit and Couch to 5K with my coworkers! We did this for about 8-10 weeks and it was a lot of fun, I really hope my job offers it again this year. Doing CrossFit really pushed me out of my comfort zone, which I needed, and Couch to 5K showed me how much I really like motivating people.

I also started painting classes at the Painting Chameleon gallery in Darlington. I’ve done three classes so far, and they are tons of fun. It’s a great way to spend an evening and get a cool piece of art for your home or for a gift. I hope to do more in 2012.

August 2011

August was sorta like July… I spent a lot of time laying out in the sun, doing CrossFit and Couch to 5K. I also dyed my hair a reddish color for the first time, and one word of advice… NEVER dye your hair red because it looks red forever. My friend Angela (affectionately known as “The Hitchinator” in the running community) and I also ran the Hot Dam 5K in 100 degree weather because we are crazy like that.

September 2011

I ran three races in September, including slogging through the very muddy trails for my company’s sponsored race. I ran them with some of my best friends who’ve taught me so many lessons about life and running, and it makes me realized how blessed I am to work at ACS Technologies and have so many great people in my life who support me and support each other.

ACS Run Group Pic

When Couch to 5K ended, I started looking for other ways to get involved with running instead of just running, so I started volunteer coaching with the Florence Track Club. I loved coaching Cross Country- most of our kids are between the ages of 6 and 11. It’s neat being involved and hopefully making a healthy difference in their lives, but the kids inspire me more than anything else. I can’t wait for track season to start in April so that I can see everyone again.

October 2011

I celebrated my 26th birthday by running the FMU ROTC 5K with my friend Terence and going out for Indian food with Clay and his sister Jelenna. I also got one of the most amazing gifts ever- my coffeemaker!

I ran the Camp RAE 5K for the third year in a row with Clay and some of my amazing friends. Clay ran a personal best in the race and so did my friend Tiffany.

I also wished my cousin Gary well as he embarked on his journey of enlisting in the Navy. He’s now graduated from his first basic training and is headed to Florida for occupation specific training starting this week.

November 2011

November consisted of LOTS of cross country coaching and practices. I also ran the Run Like a Nut 10K, went to the Pecan Festival with my friends, and ran the Turkey Trot 5K with Clay on Thanksgiving Day, before a wonderful dinner with his family.

Amy and Clay Turkey Trot Pic

We watched a lot of college football and the Gamecocks had a 10 win season :).

December 2011

December included a couple of awesome work Christmas parties, friend Christmas parties, trips to Riverbanks Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas display and Dollywood, and of course, our first official Christmas as a married couple.


So… wonder what’s in store for 2012?

Well, Clay graduates in May with his second degree (he’s getting a Computer Science degree but he already has a chemistry degree and works as a chemist). Hopefully, he quickly finds a job with good hours and pay so that we can take more cruises and weekend getaways ;).

We’ll also run a few more races together, and I hope to run another half marathon and break 2 hours in it. I plan to coach track in the Spring, which should be an adventure since I never participated in track when I was a kid. I also plan to get together with friends for lunches and coffee and hopefully some other fun things like game nights and trips to the zoo.

I don’t make resolutions, but above all, I just want to have lots of fun, be healthy, and enjoy life :).

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16 Responses to Memorable Moments of 2011…

  1. Rebecca says:

    Woohoo! You and I posted our blog entries at almost the same time. And I posted a lot of “looking back” pictures in mine, too.

    Aw. I can’t wait until I say “this is when I got married.” I don’t have a significant other to post pictures of in my blog, but honestly, that’s probably okay.

    Oh my goodness! I totally forgot about the “Rapture” prediction fiasco. That was crazy! I think I heard that that man predicted the Rapture again in October, and that he was going to have his TV’s and radios on to watch the world in crisis on the news. I’m not sure what he meant by that… I mean, how he could predict the Rapture, plan to go, but still stay behind and watch TV? LOL.

    Hehe. I chuckled when you said “more cruises.” I’m yet to go on one! One of my managers recently went on one. I think she went on Carnival? She’s sure tan! Haha!

    I’m so happy to see that you’ve dedicated yourself to running. I’m still trying to find that one passion to dedicate myself to, and to use for God’s glory. I can’t put my foot on it just yet. 😦

    Happy New Year!!!!!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yep, we hope to go on another cruise in 2012, probably in the Fall. It’s cheaper then, and it’s a little cooler in the Caribbean. If you go in the summer it’s way too hot! But unless you go to Alaska you’ll get a tan, believe me, even in the winter.

      I remember what you’re talking about with rapture man- after it didn’t happen in May, he predicted it again sometime in the Fall, but there was a lot less fanfare, I don’t think anyone really knew or took him seriously if they did know. Now it’s almost 2012 so I guess we will see if the Mayans were right… you know there are people out there trusting a dead civilization as to when the world will end.

      As for getting married, being married is awesome, but I do think in small towns, there’s a lot of emphasis on finding Mr. Right soon and starting to have kids, etc. Ironically getting married at 25, I was one of the last people I graduated with to get married, and by the time I plan to try to have kids, some of them will have kids in middle school. I really don’t care, gotta do what’s right for you not everyone else, ya know? I also think if you went to a larger city, you’d find that being single at 24 really isn’t an anomaly like it is in a small town.

  2. Cori says:

    You had some amazing experiences this year. I love looking at all the pics. Hope 2012 is an even better year!

  3. What a great year! I am glad you put this together as I am relatively new to your blog and now I can catch up properly 🙂
    Happy New Year!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Glad you’re here and catching up- I love reading your blog too, your posts are always so insightful and I love the recipes and pics of baked goods/cooking you post!

  4. allieksmith says:

    This was such a fun post to read! I have loved following your blog and reading all about the fun things you and Clay do and all the races you run. I am also always jealous of the warm weather you have 😉

    I can’t wait to read more in 2012!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks- yeah, it’s gonna be about 68-70 degrees here today, but then will cool down into the low 40s midweek (brr…). It does get cold here and even snows maybe once a year, but it has been unseasonably warm ALL WINTER…

      There will hopefully be 3 more races for Jan & Feb… I’m getting my races planned out, hehe. Thanks for reading!

      • allieksmith says:

        Hey! Just got your comment on my last post.. I DO drink protein after I lift and I feel like it does make a difference 🙂 I use either soy or whey protein and most brands taste delish!

  5. Patty says:

    Such great adventures you had last year! Wishing you a fabulous 2012!!

  6. What an awesome year!! You got up to so much in 2011, hopefully you can have another awesome year like that in 2012 🙂

  7. WOW! You did have a crazy, busy year!!! I would love to know how many miles you ran (practice & races included) I am sure it would be a super impressive number!

    BTW, Thank you so much for being so sweet during the last few days as I am coping with this situation with my little guy! Your kind words mean more than you can know! Happy New Year!!!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      You’re welcome. I’m glad to hear he’s doing better. I hate to hear about any kid being sick.

      According to Daily Mile, which is where I track my mileage… 843.

  8. You had an AMAZINGLY busy year! A good one though! I didn’t do a looking back entry this year, because apart from my new job and Christopher turning 1, our year wasn’t that great, and I really don’t want to reminisce on it. Here’s to 2012, and it being better than the last =)

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