2013 in Review (January-June)

I decided to be cliché like all other bloggers and write a year-end review post. It’s a fun way to look back on the year and all the fun things that have happened, as it was an exciting year!

January 2013

I started the year out by participating in the Moore on Running 13 miles for 2013 group run and the TrySports run club.


Clay and a bunch of friends did a sushi eating challenge at Bushido. The restaurant was on Man vs. Food or some TV show. Unfortunately, none of them ate all 10 rolls to complete the challenge, but we still had a great time.



I ran the Charlie Post 15K (first 15K) and Charleston half marathon. My friends Virginia and Nadine did the 5Ks at these races, and I’ve decided they have the right idea… hence my break from long distances in 2014.


February 2013

Clay and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a fun dinner at Waffle House. We did a real Valentine’s date at a fancy restaurant that Saturday night.


I ran the Ashley Ridge Fox Trot 5K and PRed with a 22:54. It stands as my current 5K PR on a certified 5K course.


Clay and I looked at homes and got pre-approved for a mortgage loan!


I became an ambassador for the TrySports Mt. Pleasant running store. I started running with the TrySports run club when I moved to Charleston, so I was super happy to be invited to join the team. As an ambassador, I represent the store at races and group runs and help out with training programs.


March 2013

Clay and I attended the Charleston Food and Wine festival and I wrote an article for PeeDeeFoodie.com about the festival.


I ran the Shamrock Shuffle 10K and PRed! I also won my age group.


I spectated my first race, the Catch the Leprechaun 5K. It was the graduation race for some of my friends who did a Couch to 5K program with MooreOnRunning.com. Some of those Couch to 5Kers are now training for half marathons!


April 2013

My friend and co-worker Carol came to visit us in Charleston. We went out to eat at Angel Oak restaurant and it was fun hanging out. She is a remote worker from Virginia so we don’t get to see each other often, but we have a great time when we do.


I won first female overall at the World Grits Festival 5K in St. George. It wasn’t a big race, but I was still proud of my overall win.


We found our dream home and proceeded with the buying process.


May 2013

We closed on our home and moved in.


I ran the Race for Taylor 10K in Florence and PRed in the 10K, beating my time from the Shamrock Shuffle. Nadine ran the 5K and PRed, we had a lot of fun that day.


I also ran the May Day half marathon, which was a pop up race. I intend to do it in 2014, too.

June 2013

Clay and I went to his class reunion in Hartsville.


Peyton Moore passed away. I met Peyton at the LifePoint Gift of Life 5K, which Peyton, his dad Noah, and I ran in the pouring rain and puddles. Every time I run in the rain, I now think of Peyton and dedicate those runs to him.

Peyton sure loved running in the rain, and even though I didn’t know him that well and only ran with him a few times, his death impacted me, and the entire Charleston running community, in a profound way.


After several lackluster local races, I signed up for the Darlington Marathon and started officially training. I figured being broke this summer, training for a marathon would give me something to do. I now realize that was not a very good reason.


Stay tuned for July-December!

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14 Responses to 2013 in Review (January-June)

  1. You have had an amazingly exciting year! Here’s to even bigger and better things in 2014! 🙂

  2. Amy even though we friends and I read all your posts, I love reading year in reviews? You had quite a busy year! You are a great TrySports Ambassador, but I can’t comment on your race encouragement until your 2nd half review when you steered me to the James Island Connector 10k! 🙂

    I’m not a big 5/10k runner with all my halfs but I love reading your recaps of the local ones. Hopefully I can get out to see & encourage others at them this year.

    Congrats & look forward to part 2!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yup, I am writing Part 2 right now. I’m so glad you did the James Island Connector Run and hope you’ll come back next year (I will most likely have a discount code for you next year too).

      Good luck with your challenge at Disney- I am rooting for you, and you know if I ever did another marathon it would be Disney just because those are low-pressure and fun!

  3. Liz says:

    Sounds so exciting! I think the only fun things in my year would be buying my house, going to Croatia and Italy, and getting engaged! That’s it! 2013 in review in one sentence!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      That’s a pretty huge year ;). I’m sure there were lots of little things that were fun too. I remember seeing your pics from Italy and Croatia and how much fun it looks!

  4. COngrats on great year- some big things! New house is awesome, it is beautiful!!

    I also didn’t follow your blog back then but congrats on that overall win!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks girly :). Yeah, I guess the race had maybe 30-35 people. It wasn’t big, but it was in a super small festival with a parade afterwards and all about grits (southern cuisine themed race, I am in!).

      It was a fun day and for $10, a cheap time trial that turned into an OA win.

  5. jillconyers says:

    Congrats on such an amazing year! I love the cliche of yearly reviews. It’s amazing to read about what everyone squeezes into 365 days!

  6. allieksmith says:

    It looks like 2013 was a big year for you! Lots of running (a MARATHON!!), a move, beginning working from home, buying a house. Wow!! You rocked 2013!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Well, I did work from home last year too… but that was a different home technically ;). I have been working from home for 18 months now and still haven’t gotten it “down”! But oh well. It was a huge year, maybe 2014 will be a little quieter…

  7. harveylisam says:

    Such a busy race season! Congrats again on the house – so exciting and grown up. 🙂

  8. LilMysNinja says:

    You’ve had a pretty awesome 1st half of 2013! 🙂

    My sister actually completed that sushi challenge!!!

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