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A Look Back at 2009

by Meghann on December 31, 2009

When 2008 came to an end at this time last year I hated to see it go. It was a year of new beginnings for me and one that I will be telling my grand children for years to come.

I will tell them how I decided to live my life to the fullest. How I discovered my passion for healthy food and running. How I followed my dreams by leaving one life behind and starting another. And how I started this little blog and put my life online for the world to see.

Yes, 2008 was a great year – but you know what? – 2009 was even been even better!

If 2008 was the year of new beginnings, then 2009 was the year of growth and love. It was the year I learned to live my life the way I wanted to live it and I wouldn’t trade any of it for a minute.

Here are some of my favorite highlights from the last year.


Watching Caitlin marry the man of her dreams

 Volunteering at the Disney marathon (which inspired me to run it in 2010!)

Reconnecting with Derek over one too many Hurricanes. πŸ˜‰

Signing up for my first marathon with Team and Training

Seasons 52 5.2K with Caitlin and Melissa


Skiing in Colorado!

Turning 24


Raising $1300 in my first Blogging Bake Sale! 

Gasparilla weekend 



My sister’s accident 

Competing in my first sprint triathalon


My 30 Day Shred Review

Running my first 15 mile Trail Run

Traveling to Long Beach for business

Experiencing Trader Joes for the first time


Conquering 18 miles for the first time!

Watching my little Sister graduate from FSU

Kelly turned 22

Running 20 Miles

Traveling to San Antonio for business

Watching my youngest brother graduate from high school

Traveling to San Diego

Telling my running story

Running my first FULL marathon! (Video)

Marathon Reflection: Weight

Marathon Reflection: Battle Scars


Family vacation to North Carolina

Meeting Kath for the first time


Cruising in the Bahamas

Gaining Bikini Confidence

Rascal Flatts Concert


Losing Abbie πŸ™


Making a new friend

Planning and executing Healthy Living Summit 2009 in Boston


Celebrating Labor Day in Key West

Celebrating my first blogiversary!

Starting off Race Season with a 5k PR

Smashing the 5k PR a week later πŸ˜‰

Discovering a new form of jumping cardio

Rock Climbing

Breaking my 15k PR


Halloween Horror Nights 2009

Eating my way through Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

Running a 10k with Derek


Spending the day at Sea World with Erin

Walking the Making Stride 5k in honor of my Aunt Joan

Dressing up for Halloween


Flying to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival

Orlando Food & Wine Festival

Reliving my college days in Tallahassee

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving

Space Coast Half Marathon


Christmas Caravan 2009

Workin it in St. Louis


Mickey’s very Merry Christmas Partyy


Holiday celebrating at universal

Running my first sub-50 minute 10k

Completing 20 miles with my sister






Fun Facts of 2009:

  • I purchased a total of 5 cameras through the year
  • I flew on an airplane 8 times
  • I attended 2 weddings
  • More friends got engaged/ married/ had babies then any other year
  • I ran 14 races

What are your favorite moments from 2009?

1 caronae December 31, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Sounds like you had an awesome year! My fav moments were running my first half, then skipping the full and doing an ultramarathon, getting an essay published in the New York Times, and getting good grades!
Happy New Year!

2 Nicci@NiftyEats December 31, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I love your review of the year. You always have such great posts and you’ve accomplished so much with running…inspiring me to keep at it. Have a Happy & Safe New Years Eve!

3 rungirlrunn December 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I love your year in review, it looks like you had a wonderful year! Hope 2010 is even better πŸ™‚

4 meyergirl December 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm

What a year!! It’s great to be able to go back and look at all those events! πŸ™‚

5 Hayley H December 31, 2009 at 1:50 pm

loved the recap!! i remember reading lots of these posts and i was able to revisit some of the ones i missed! love your blog girl- happy new year!

6 mahealani December 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm

What a great year, congrats!!!

7 Courtney December 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I love this post! You had QUITE the year. And, if someone is going to say it, I will – but look at the SHAPE you have gotten in over the year doing what you love and eating what you love! You’re the real deal. What being healthy really means.

Love ya and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

8 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 31, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love reading other people’s recaps! I’m not sure if I could pick the best memories for me. It was probably my trips – Punta Cana, NYC, and Vancouver.

9 Erin December 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm

What an amazing year — here’s to an even better 2010!

10 slowmiles December 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

What a great year! I love reading everyone’s reviews.

11 Danielle December 31, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Wow- you had an amazing year!
I can’t believe you ran in 14 races, that’s inspiring πŸ™‚

12 Chelsea December 31, 2009 at 2:27 pm

What a great year!!!! This post is awesome.

13 Julie December 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm

what an amazing year! I hope 2010 is just as great for you!!!

14 eaternotarunner December 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Wow you are definitely inspiring! Hope 2010 is even better!

15 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 31, 2009 at 2:55 pm

What a great year! I’ve enjoyed reading about it!

16 goodtastehealthyme December 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm

What an amazing post! I’m so happy for you!

17 rebecca lustig December 31, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Looks like you had a fabulous, loving and eventful 2009. wishing you a very happy safe and healthy new year, lovely lady!

rebecca <3

18 Christy December 31, 2009 at 4:10 pm

What a year! This is an awesome recap!

19 Emily December 31, 2009 at 4:18 pm

What a fun recap of 2009. So fun to reminisce with you!
Happy 2010!

20 carolinebee December 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm

What an awwwwesome year!! SO glad i got to meet u πŸ™‚ Hopefully we can reunite somewhere in the US in the future! Have a fun vacay and new year’s xo!

21 fitandfortysomething December 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Wow what a great year for you. I hope once I get my blog rolling I can look back and have half as many cool experiences! Hope you are enjoying your ski vacation!

22 Naomi(onefitfoodie) December 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm

wow what a year you had, girl! 14 races, so awesome!

happy healthy NY! πŸ™‚

23 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

what a busy year girl! can’t wait to see what 2010 holds for all of us πŸ™‚ keep up the great work, you’re an inspiration to so many!

24 inmytummy December 31, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Wow, 5 cameras?

Sounds like a great year.

25 Jenna December 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm

What a great year you had meghann!!

26 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair December 31, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I just started reading your blog in like, Septemberish and I REALLY loved this recap!! I didn’t know that you’d already ran one marathon! I’m gearing up to run my first full marathon in the fall of 2010 so I’m excited to read your race recaps.

Also I’m really sorry to read the story about your first puppy πŸ™ That was really sad!!

Anyways, AWESOME yearly recap. Happy New Year!!!

27 Allison December 31, 2009 at 9:56 pm

My fave moment of 2009 was getting accepted to medical school! πŸ™‚

28 Hangry Pants December 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm

What a great year Meghann. I’ve honestly felt like I shared so much of it with you! Have a wonderful 2010. πŸ™‚

29 jenngirl January 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’ve loved reading along through each of these experiences, and I have no doubt that you will continue to make great memories this year! πŸ™‚

Honestly, my favorite moments from 2009 are those that I’ve grown and had to make tough decisions. I feel like in 2010 I’m going to be the closest I’ve ever been to the “real me”!

30 Melissa S. January 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

hah! i love that i remember all of these things! and that I took part in a few of them!!! lets hope for more get togethers in 2010!!

I miss you!!!

31 Jeri January 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

wow, makes me realize how long I’ve been reading your blog now, ha! I think I jumped in around march-ish. Keep up the good work in 2010. πŸ™‚

32 susan paik January 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

amazing!! happy new year, meghann! love your blog!

33 Katie G January 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Wow, sounds like you had a great year!! I just started reading your blog and love it!! Keep up the great postings! I am not much of a runner but just got into spinning and road biking! My goal for this fall is to bike a century!! Who knows where it will go from there! Happy New Year!

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