To put it in Cubs terms, 2012 was a rebuilding year. Meaning, we didn’t do a lot of big fun exciting things. Our focus was on becoming more financially stable. But some highlights of the year:

We rang in the new year with friends.
New Years Eve

Won my age group at the Midwinter Cruise 5K.
Midwinter Cruise 5K

Moved to a new office (this is my old one) with a new boss, new department, new commute and a slightly different (more focused) job.
Goodbye office of 5 years

Went to Michigan to visit my college roomie and run a race.

Paced Genevieve to a 5K PR in 12 degree temps.
Cupid's Chase 5K

Paced my college friend Ali to her first half marathon finish
Chi Town Half Marathon

Made it through five years of marriage to this guy.
Screen shot 2012-04-20 at 7.36.59 PM

Went to Indianapolis for a Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band concert.

Cousin’s wedding
Ken & Andrea's Wedding Ken & Andrea's Wedding

Sunburst Half Marathon (with my husband and Genevieve)
Robert, Me, Gen

Saw Radiohead with Vera and Scott.

Friends wedding
photobooth This has nothing to do with running, but it was a great picture from Saturday's wedding taken by our talented friend Teresa. Paula is actually going "yesss."

My cat is famous (the pretty kitty princess)
Olive is the Pretty Princess

Met Desi Davila
Meeting Desi Davila!

Finished my first marathon! And raised over $1,300 for the American Cancer Society.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single mile. Thank you all for your support!

Traveled to Wisconsin with a bunch of chicks I met on the internet.
Chicago running bloggers at #zooma #crbzooma

Met Sarah Hall
Meeting Sara Hall at @zoomarun #zooma #crbzooma

Saw Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band again.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Won my age group at the Jingle Bell 5K.

I’ve noticed in my life for the past few years that the most significant changes happen during the odd years (2007 = we got married, 2009 = husband enlisted in the Navy, 2011 = moved in with my parents).

So, once again, an even year was pretty quiet for us. The biggest news of the year for me was major changes at work  (which I don’t really talk about on here) and running the marathon. While I wish 2012 included reaching our goal of homeownership, or at least having a place of our own again, that didn’t happen. And as Cubs fans say … there’s always next year.

More trips down memory lane: 2011 in photos, 2010 in photos, 2009 in photos part 1 and part 2, 2008 in photos.