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From January to December, 2013 was one hell of a year!

by Meghann on December 30, 2013

Holy moly! 2013 is almost over! Can you believe it?

I know I say every year was a big year, but seriously, 2013 was HUGE. So many life changes were squeezed into a tiny 12-month span. It was big year, it was a tough year, but it was also a great year.

Derek and I kicked 2013 off with an amazing group of friends in Tampa. It was probably the best way I’ve celebrated New Years… ever.


Just 5 days later we became husband and wife. January 5, 2013 will forever go down as the best day of my life.


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From there we hopped on an airplane and headed to the Dominican Republic for a week long honeymoon.


In January I also chopped all my hair off and donated 11 inches to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.


(p.s. I received a letter over the summer thanking me for my hair submission and letting me know it was on its way to becoming part of a wig)

Oh, and I bought a tri bike!


In February I ran the Bet Damn Race


Turned 28


Finished Dirty Girl Mud Run


and Officially became Meghann Anderson-Russell

March started with the ZooZoom 5k

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and an escape to the mountains with the XP crew


before starting a 9-5!


That 9-5 took me all over the country and taught me a thing or two about time management. Err.. tried to teach me. I’m pretty sure I more or less just flew by the seat of my pants this year. eh.

Kelly and I earned gigantic (and amazing!) dolphin medals at the Sarasota Half Marathon


I tried to PR at the Strawberry Classic 10K (and failed miserably)


In April, Derek and I made our first big purchase as a married couple and bought a new (to us) car.

Maddie (my baby!) turned 4.


I got my Yelp on at the Yelptucky Derby.

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And I ate a LOT of pie at the Great American Pie Festival


I kicked off Ironman training in May with the Rocketman Triathlon (so sad they won’t have one in 2014 – such a cool race!)


Meals and Miles got a little makeover.


Jumping to June, I attended my 10 year high school reunion and felt really old.


Went on a mini getaway thanks to Hilton HHonors


In July I attended the Disney Sports Festival and learned just how cool of a place the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is.


Raced Top Gun


I traveled A LOT in August for work and managed to have some fun in Seattle with the Malones.


I also went to Disneyland for the first time!!


I wanna go back. Now.

I ran the Disneyland 10k


and the Disneyland Half Marathon.


I celebrated 5 years of blogging in September.


Went well over the time cut off in completing my first century.


Don’t worry, we went a little faster in October.


I indulged at the Food and Wine Festival with my parents.


Started freaking out about my Ironman (starting? pshhh…. I started when I registered!)


At least I had a pretty good distraction during taper – I was a bridesmaid in my college BFF’s wedding.


On November 2nd, I surprised myself and completed something I wasn’t sure was even possible in my wildest of wild dreams: I crossed the finish line at Ironman Florida in 13:05:23. A moment I still tear up about every time I think about it (even as I type this).


If I’m ranking the best days of my life it would go 1. Wedding Day – 2. Ironman. This means two of my favorite days of all time just happened to occur in the last year. I told you 2013 was huge!

A week after crossing the finish line at Ironman Florida, I ran the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.   


I also earned my coast-to-coast medal, something I’d been yearning over for years!


And if November wasn’t big enough, Derek and I headed to Tallahassee for a mini-reunion with my best college friends.


To finish up the last month of the year, Derek and I brought home our first real Christmas tree.


Celebrated the holidays with the XP crew.


Had a very merry Christmas


And wrapped up the year celebrating out first anniversary in the Florida Keys.


From January to December, 2013 was one hell of a year!

Who knows what 2014 will bring, but I have a feeling it’s going to be another great year full of new adventures and amazing possibilities.

Happy New Year!

1 Jen December 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Wow! What a year! I’m thinking I need to move to Florida!
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2 Jelena@ThoseLittleThings December 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Crazy year! My year was way more calm, but I still PRed my 10K race, visited 8 countries, my boyfriend got a new job, I was a maid of honor and we did laminate floor all by ourselves.
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3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

What an incredible year! Though I wouldn’t expect anything else after the way it kicked off. Cheers to a great year!
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4 Stephanie @ Cat Lady Runs December 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I feel like this was an amazing year too, and I got married in March. Weddings have a way of making everything feel so special 🙂
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5 eb @ Running on E December 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

What a fun recap! I love all the photos! Great year. Here’s to a great 2014! 🙂
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6 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Whew. I’m exhausted just reading about your year! 🙂

Happy New Year to you & yours!
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7 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Wow I have to say you have had one heck of a year! I can’t imagine how 2014 can top that – but looking forward to following along 🙂
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8 sarah December 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

what an incredible year you have had!
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9 Erica December 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Such a great year!! Why do I feel like you’re hinting at something?!

10 Kathy December 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

What a fun year….always neat to look back ….must say you look very nice as a bridesmaid…with out sounding weird??!! hahaha!

11 Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate December 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Wow, what a great year! Love your tri bike– I am on the lookout for one!

12 Sybil December 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I just started following your blog about half way through the year and it’s been so fun to follow your journey! Congrats on an amazing year!
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13 The Many Thoughts of a Reader December 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

You had a great freaking year!
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14 Sarahf December 31, 2013 at 12:07 am

What an amazing year, you sure crammed plenty in!
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15 Caroline December 31, 2013 at 1:52 am

2013 really seemed like a fantastic year for you. I hope that 2014 proves to be just as wonderful!
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16 Chuck December 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

Seems like a pretty great year Meghann! You accomplished an incredible amount!

17 Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 31, 2013 at 8:56 am

What a crazy, crazy year! So much fun though!!! I can’t wait to read about your 2014!
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18 Laura December 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

What a crazy fun year! Had fun following along with you!
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19 meghan @ little girl in the big world December 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

Amazing! Getting married and an Ironman in the same year, plus all the other things you threw in there too! Congrats Meghann! What’s in store for 2014?!
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20 Beth December 31, 2013 at 10:09 am

Happy New Year! You had a banner 2013! So many amazing accomplishments and big life events. Here’s to a wonderful 2014!
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21 Amanda Elizabeth December 31, 2013 at 10:25 am

What an amazing year! Congrats on all your accomplishments! Happy New Year!
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22 Ashley December 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Congrats on a hard earned, amazing year Meghann! 🙂

23 Mrs. Swan December 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

You had a pretty kick ass year there!
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24 Meghan December 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Dang Meghann this Meghan is sooooo jealous of your year. Wow. Impressed and inspiring. I need to up my races and live a little. Good bye 2013. Hello 2014!!!

25 Becky @ RunFunDone January 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

Whoa. You writing about Ironman made me want to do one. And then I remembered how panicked I got during the swim portion of my teeny tiny sprint tri. Perhaps I’ll try another sprint and then maybe move onto olympic before I start thinking about becoming iron.
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