2013 in Review (July-December)

Hey everyone! Here’s the rest of my 2013 in review, this time, everything fun from July to December.


I ran the Pointless 12-Hour Ultra marathon in Hampton Park. I ran 20 miles. It wasn’t a true ultra, as that would be over 26.2 miles, but you could come and run as much or as little as you wanted. The entry fee was a donation that went toward the Mt. Pleasant Track Club in honor of Peyton Moore. It was a fun way to spend July 4.


Clay and I enjoyed our first summer in our home by growing tomatoes and hosting a big July 4 party for our friends. Our friends are our family members who we choose!


Since I’m house poor and couldn’t have a real vacation, Nadine and I did a stay-cation and went to the Wannamaker Park water park in North Charleston and out to lunch and ice cream. It was pretty fun.


Nadine also found out she’s expecting- baby Alice is due in February.


I won tickets to the Under the Sun tour from a newspaper giveaway. Smash Mouth was the headlining band and it was really fun. Clay and I had a great time (too bad we had to leave early, I had to run 18 miles the next day).


I also won tickets to the Everclear and Hootie and the Blowfish concert. Clay didn’t want to go, so I took Nadine and we had a lot of fun.


My friend Elaine got married to Juan and Clay and I attended the wedding, where he took a picture of cleaned up runners!



I went out to Fat Hen with my ladies social group for Charleston Restaurant Week. We had a pretty amazing time (although I’m not a big fan of Fat Hen).


My friend Virginia had her baby, Stella. Stella won some age group awards in races before being born. Virginia and I now have a tradition of going to lunch at Roly Poly and taking Stella since she “rolled on out” the day after we first tried Roly Poly.


I ran the Darlington Marathon and finished in 4:15. Immediately after crossing the finish line, I decided marathon running wasn’t for me. A few hours later, I got really sick, which solidified that initial decision.

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I wasn’t a marathon fan, but at least I can say I did it- I put the 26.2 sticker on my car soon after!


I turned 28 and Clay and I celebrated by going to The Green Door. It was our favorite Charleston restaurant until it shut down. It will be reopening in 2014, fortunately!


I ran the Charleston Pajama Run 5K in honor of my aunt who passed away from Ovarian Cancer (the race’s proceeds go toward researching treatments for that) and ran it in under 22 minutes. It was a short course, but I’ll take it. 3 mile PR- and I won my age group!



I ran the James Island Connector Run with a ton of friends. I was a race ambassador and my friend Kindal and I tied for the most people registering with our special discount code.


I threw a baby shower for Nadine- it was my first time hosting a baby shower so I was super nervous, but everything turned out great.


Clay and I won a trip to Charlotte, NC, where we both ran the Thunder Road 5K and I won my age group. We also had a great time exploring Charlotte.



We celebrated Thanksgiving with Clay’s parents and our friends coming over to our home. Clay grilled a turkey!



I ran the Winter Solstice 5K and placed in my age group. I was hoping for a PR, but it didn’t happen.


Clay and I enjoyed celebrating our second Christmas in Charleston and our first Christmas in our new home.


We spent Christmas Day with his family in Hartsville, then travelled to NC to visit his grandparents, where we enjoyed spending time with them and incredible views like this.


Here’s to hoping 2014 is as exciting and fun as 2013 was. Happy New Year!

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17 Responses to 2013 in Review (July-December)

  1. Your year was definitely amazing & here’s to another wonderful year! My favorite posts from you this year was your “house poor, summer tour” series. & because there was no cruise posts– hoping in the next year we get to read those 🙂

    Have a great 2014 Amy and I can’t wait to read more about your adventures!


  2. You have had such a busy, but awesome year. Cant wait to see what 2014 has in store.

  3. I would honestly say you had such a successful and awesome year. You became a marathoner (who cares if it’s your only one), you enjoyed your life and you continued to do what makes you happy.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks girly- yeah, for now that marathon will be it, but I will be a marathoner forever; you’re so right! I definitely enjoyed life and plan to in 2014- it’s too short not to :).

  4. Amy says:

    I think you can say you had an awesome running year! Look at all those AG wins/places and you finished a marathon! Yay for you!
    Oh-last night, we were flying from Jacksonville to Charlotte (before catching connection to Denver) and the pilot pointed out the fireworks on the right side of the plane in Charleston. He said it looks like they were celebrating early. Anyway, I thought of you 🙂 Happy New Year, Amy and Clay!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Amy- I did tons of running this year, as usual. Being an ambassador for the store helps because I get to do a lot of races this way. I plan to do more races in 2014, as there are so many I want to do! I won’t be training for a marathon so my Saturday mornings will be free for races instead of long runs.

      Pretty sure those fireworks were what kept me up last night! It was crazy here- we had some big fireworks shows though, especially on the islands.

  5. racingtales says:

    What a great recap! Nice to “meet” you! I agree that marathons are not for me, either, although it took running 7 of them for me to work that out. Good luck with your running in 2014!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thank you :). 7 marathons is pretty amazing, but you always have to focus on what’s the right distance for you. I think too much emphasis is placed on the marathon sometimes.

  6. Christine says:

    Sounds like you had quite a year! I feel you on the marathon pain, but congrats on running it! I felt the same way after my first (and so far, only) marathon back in 2012. I do think I’ll run one again, though, and had initially thought 2014 would be that year, but I’m going to be putting that on hold until probably 2015 instead.

    And yes! How exciting to have Saturday mornings free for races instead of tied up for hours in a long run. Happy New Year! 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah- we always did our long training runs on Saturday mornings, so no races. And, when you gotta run 18-20 miles, you want company. With no marathons, I can race on Saturday morning then do a long run on Sunday morning. It’s not like my long run needs to be longer than 10-12 anymore which is nice!

  7. KrisLawrence says:

    Looks like you had an amazing year!! Looking forward to following your running journey in 2014.

  8. Sounds like a great year! Filled with fitness, fun and camaraderie. 2013 was so good, 2014 is just going to get better!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks girly- it was so great meeting you this year too. Crazy to think we just met back in March at the Summerville race, then became workout buddies :). Hope to see you again soon once the holidays are done, and I hope your half marathon/foot recovery is going well.

  9. LilMysNinja says:

    I hadn’t realized that I have been following your blog for some time now. I remember reading your post on every single one of these things. 🙂

    Congrats to a great year and cheers to an even more awesome 2014!

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