Late for the party, since I was busy posting wedding recaps and honeymoon posts…
Stole this from other blogs — it’s a great idea, no?
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I don’t really do resolutions… I wanted to run all year without taking any breaks from running (so I signed up for a bunch of races to make sure of that!), and I was successful, save for the flu + wedding + my foot pain all at the end of the year, where I was forced to take a break and lost the endurance I had worked so hard on building… I did manage to run 700 miles, which is ridiculously more than previous years, and not bad if you consider that I was out of running for almost 2 months.
For this year? I have the same goal. Even if I end up pregnant or if we move to a country where I don’t know anyone to run with, I still plan on finding a way to keep up the running.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Lots of friends had babies (or got pregnant!) but no one super-close to me.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no. Losing my grandfather in 2008 was enough pain for the decade.
5. What countries did you visit?
Brazil (twice!) and Dominican Republic.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More cross-training aside from running. Towards the second half of the year I started bikram yoga and bootcamp classes, but I can’t even imagine how good I would have looked in my wedding dress if I had picked that up at the beginning of the year. Plus, my bike (posted here on my apartment pictures), sat neglected ALL year… That’s embarrassing. I also need more motivation to eat healthy!
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 27th, our wedding date! October 1oth and 31st, my first and second marathons.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running two marathons, and getting a huge PR for my half-marathon and 10 miler, cutting over a minute per mile off my pace.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not meeting my weight and fitness goal pre-wedding (my arms were still soooo big and I was still 10 pounds above what my goal was)
.10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just minor injuries — hip pain at the beginning of the year (looks like it was a pinched nerve), foot pain (plantar fasciitis) at the end. Nothing too debilitating though (like in 2009 when I got second degree burns on my leg and couldn’t even walk for over a week).
.11. What was the best thing you bought?
Good question… Running related? Probably my camelback for summer-running, my ifitness belt to carry my camera during races and my first Skirt Sports skirt that converted me for good!
Now not running related? My wedding dress. No doubt.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Running crap and races. No, really.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Our wedding and trip to Brazil! And being ready to run the marathon!
14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Dynamite – Taio Cruz and Tik Tok – Ke$ha
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? I think about the same. Last year brought possibilities, I had just paid off my debt, got rid of my condo (which was a financial burden), and moved in to an bigger place with Karl. I was hoping we would be getting engaged, and here I am now married. This year, we’re into the unknown… In 4 weeks we will find out when we will move out of DC, and more importantly, where we will live for the next 2 years — and the fact that the US is not an option, and we can end up anywhere in the world (literally), is both exciting and terrifying. I just gave my notice which also scared the crap out of me. We are no longer trying not to have kids (but not actively trying to have them either), so there might be a pregnancy in the mix of all of this.
– thinner or fatter? Sadly, I’m about the same I was a year ago. I lost some weight while marathon training, but managed to regain it all post-wedding at our trip to Rio and Maragogi. The fact that I couldn’t run, didn’t help.
– richer or poorer? Right now about the same. In a month when I officially leave work we will be much poorer. Living in one income should be interesting…
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had gone biking, instead of neglecting my bike…. And I wish I had saved more money…
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating. But that’s the story of my life!
18. How did you spend Christmas?
With a few friends that also had no family nearby for Christmas. I made salmon fillets, mushroom risotto and amazingly rich cupcakes. We even had karaoke!
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Lost was by far my favorite show in 2010, but after it ended I didn’t watch much TV.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Hmmmmm… Born to Run (the one book I read about running), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the whole trilogy), The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir (I bought this for Karl, who is interested in history in general, but read it and really enjoyed it, specially since it’s from the president that finally killed the ridiculous inflation in Brazil and brought progress to our country), Passion India (my mom gave me this book in Portuguese, and I got the English version for Karl — based on a true story of a Spanish girl who marries an Indian maharaja in the early century, I LOVED it and HIGHLY recommend it, even though it’s not easy to find an English version of it).21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Dynamite – Taio Cruz. I can’t help but dance when that song comes on!
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Sadly, I didn’t watch many movies this year (this is coming from the person who owns over 600 DVD movies). I can’t think of one that really blew my mind.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 (ACK!), and went out to karaoke with my friends and my brother, who was visiting from Brazil with his wife. I even went running in the morning and the group embarrassed me by singing happy birthday!
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had actually liked my job. As hard as it is to give up my income for the unknown, I never hated a job like this. Too many days getting home crying because I feel belittled by what I do. I work in a very prestigious organization that’s recognized all over the world, but do a job that is less challenging than one I did back in college ten years ago. It was a huge step backwards, but I’m stuck to a work visa, and I take what I can get. And unfortunately, at my organization, a bachelors degree means nothing since everyone here has one, a masters might help you (I only have a Bachelors), but if you really want to go somewhere you need a PhD.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Dresses. Lots and lots of dresses.
26. What kept you sane?
Karl for sure. And all the runs.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
I don’t think I learned any. Did I?