Moments to Remember for 2013

So as it’s getting to be the end of 2013, I figure I should do a quick picture post of some of my memorable moments…..

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Chilly Chase 15k January 2013 – I was so not prepared for this mentally or physically. It was a 2 hr time limit and I barely made the cut off. The last 200 meters I was done, and standing there was my Aunt Shelley and Sandra, who I had known forever. Sandra yelled at me I was not walking to get my ass moving, and she got out on the course and ran beside me. I finished with less than 4 minutes to spare, but I finished.

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They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but this one is worth so much more. For the first time since I was 17, I weighed under 200 lbs. I wish I could describe the emotions that I experienced but it was overwhelming….

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BMO Half Marathon, my goal race and first ever half. My dearest friend Jared flew up from California to run it with me. My cousin Elaine came down from Ft Nelson and ran it as well. When I crossed the finish line she flew into my arms and gave me the biggest hug ever and we both cried.

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Lower body lift on June 14, 2013. Physically I recovered like a champ. Mentally it was a lot tougher than I thought, but I survived it. And learned a lot about myself.

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My first “Ladies of the Trails” run in North Vancover, and first time meeting Solana. I had no idea how big an impact this was going to make on my life…..

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Kendall and the Coho 14k run. I cannot say enough about how lucky I am to have met her. Kendall came along at a time when I needed her in my life. I guess she’s like my favorite pair of sweats, I’d be lost without her some days πŸ™‚

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5Peaks Buntzen 10k trail race. The first race in my double race weekend, and my first ever trail race.

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Surrey Half Marathon, the second race in my double race weekend. Rocked my half PB by knocking over 22 minutes off my previous race.

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Being able to run in Tina and Melissa at Rubber Ducky Half. Both amazing people that I love so dearly.

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My first runs back post lower body lift with Tina, Bea and Will. Some I even drug my ass up at 4:30 to go on…. They were awesome

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BCMC in 1:27 with Jenn. She pushed me and helped me crush my previous attempt on the Grind. Just awesome

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Emergency surgery due to complications from weight loss surgery. Albeit not a positive experience, and scary as shit…. A lot of positives came out of this. Friends being the biggest.

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My Scoot A Doot shirt!!! I wanted one so bad and the ladies were wonderful and sent me one after surgery. Pure love.

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West Van Run photo shoot (picture compliments of Jennifer Strang) amazing day with amazing people.

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My brother and I back home. Granted it was for a heart wrenching reason, but I am so glad to have spent the time with him.

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Team FOMO Christmas get together at Solana’s. Becoming a part of this group with such amazing people has meant the world.

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Christmas at Kendall’s house *love*

I am also extremely lucky to have met someone this year who has become very dear to my heart. There may be more miles between us than I wish, and a crappy time zone change, but never have I felt judged or less of a person. I can tell this person anything, they know things of my past nobody else does, and understand things that I am not always sure how to explain. I am forever greatful to this person, even when they piss me off, and hope one day I get the chance to hug and thank them for the impact they have had.

Of course there are so many other memories of 2013 I won’t forget, but these are some πŸ™‚

Happy New Years to those I love and care about, friends and family alike. My life is richer having you all in it xoxo

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6 thoughts on “Moments to Remember for 2013

  1. Pingback: Thank You | The Fat Girls Guide To Running

  2. This is fantastic Brandi! So glad I was there for at least a few of your big moments and looking forward to being around for a whole lot more of them this year!

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