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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures


  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together


  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!



  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work




  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)














  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party


What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!


18 Hours in Chattanooga {Weekend Recap}

Hello! Hope your week is going swimmingly! I wanted to pop in and tell you about my weekend. It was an absolute whirlwind.

After grabbing a quick dinner on Friday after work, Derek and I headed to Raleigh to celebrate my best friend Jenna’s birthday.


Happy birthday Jenna!

We had ice cream cake and a couple of drinks before heading downtown to begin our Trolley Pub Raleigh adventure.

If you don’t already know, Trolley Pub is essentially a roving bar. You bring your own wine and beer and drink while you ride around the city. Trolley Pub is powered by pedaling, so instead of sitting on traditional bar stools you’re on a bike seat (with a lap seatbelt connected to the trolley).


The whole crew on the Trolley Pub.

We had blast! I highly recommend it if you’re in the Raleigh area. According to the website, Trolley Pub is also located in Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, and St. Thomas.

Derek and I didn’t get back from Raleigh until 2am. The next morning we woke up around 10am, got ready, packed, and headed out the door to meet my family in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Jared’s big race. My brother Jared and I signed up for the 7 Bridges and 4 Bridges Marathon and Half-Marathon, respectively. However, due to injuries I wasn’t able to run the half. Instead I decided to walk the 2 Bridges 5K with Derek, my mom, and my dad while Jared raced.

We arrived in Chattanooga around 7pm after a 7.5 hour drive. We immediately dropped our stuff off at the Downtown Chattanooga Residence Inn (which was a great place to stay, by the way) and walked across the street to meet my family at Big River Grille for dinner. The food and beer were delicious, and it was so great to see my family! By the time we finished eating/catching up and walked back to the hotel it was time to hit the sack.

Jared’s race started at 7am, so we were all up around 5:30am to get ready. We walked over to the start since it was less than 1 mile away. I was impressed with Jared’s calm demeanor; I would probably be freaking out. Before we knew it, he was off. My parents, Derek, and I waited around at the start for another half hour before our 5K started at 7:30am.


We took some sweet pre-dawn photos on the winner’s podium.

We were treated to a beautiful sunrise while we waited.



Our 5K only went across 2 bridges, but the course was gorgeous!



I stopped to get a photo of this sculpture while we were walking. Chattanooga has cool and interesting art all over the city.

We finished the 5K a little after 8am.


With about 3 hours to kill before we expected Jared to finish, we walked back to the hotel to eat breakfast, change clothes, and hang out for a bit.

On the walk back to the finish we noticed gold shoe prints on the sidewalk ever few hundred feet. It turns out that they were showing different dance steps. I took a picture of the waltz.


Isn’t that cool? Downtown Chattanooga is awesome! I wish we had more time to explore. We all decided we should go back sometime to check it out.

My parents, Derek, and I waited at the finish, anxiously looking out for Jared. We were all so pumped when we saw him come around the corner looking strong!


The classic victory stance of a marathon-finisher. Go Jared!

I think finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment in itself, but he finished in his goal time of 4 hours exactly. How awesome is that?!? I’m so glad that Derek and I could be there with my parents to see Jared complete his first marathon.

After we found Jared, it was time to refuel. We headed to Mellow Mushroom for pizza and beer. NOM.


Around 1pm, after just 18 hours in Chattanooga, Derek and I hopped in the car to start the 7.5 hour journey back to Durham.

It was a crazy, hectic weekend, but we had fun. I’m proud of my brother for finishing his first marathon. It was inspiring to see him finish the race after all of his training. Congratulations Jared!

My Running History

Did you know yesterday was National Running Day? I love a good pseudo-holiday. 🙂 Since it was National Running Day, I thought I’d share some information about my running history and my next race.

Believe it or not, I started running when I was about 10. I completed my first 5K, which was a fun turkey trot race, when I was in fifth grade.


A nice closed eyes shot. My friend Logan, whose wedding was a few weeks ago, is on the far left.

After that I ran sporadically until 7th grade when I tried out for the middle school track team. I made the team and loved running with other people. Middle school track is actually how I met my best friend Jenna, whom I have been running with ever since. My experience on the track team confirmed what I already knew: I am a distance runner. I was terrible at sprinting but decent at the 800m and the mile. To this day, I have great endurance, but I’m just not built for or a fan of short distance.

In high school I had the opportunity to get back to longer distances on the cross country team. Running cross country in high school was one of my best decisions. I loved the camaraderie with my teammates. The team went on overnight trips for invitationals, which were always fun, and we had a pasta party every week before our regular meets. I was also in great shape, which helped during my spring lacrosse season as well. It turned out that I was a decent runner, too. My PR for the 5K was 21:01. Unfortunately, between lacrosse and cross country I ran into some overuse injuries. I had plantar fasciitis, which was quite painful, followed by trouble with my IT band. I recovered with the help of orthotics (which I still wear for my super high arches) and physical therapy.


Me and some of my cross country friends during junior year of high school. I’m second from the right, and Jenna is in the middle.

I went through phases of running during college and graduate school. In my freshman year at UNC I trained for a half marathon. During the 11th week of my 12 week training, I hurt my IT band again and wasn’t able to race. It was such a bummer. I ran very sporadically after that until my senior year of college when I trained for the Raleigh City of Oaks half marathon. I was proud that I finally did it, and I finished in just under two hours.


My cousin and I after finishing the City of Oaks half marathon.

I usually ran 2 to 3 times per week in graduate school and trained for another half marathon in the spring of my first year. Derek actually decided to run it with me. Although we enjoyed the time spent together, Derek has decided that it was his first and last half marathon. 🙂 He’s just not a distance runner. I’m really proud of him for giving it a try though!We ran the Run the Bluegrass half marathon in Lexington, Kentucky. It was hilly, but it was the most beautiful race I’ve ever done. The course runs through a bunch of horse farms. At one point a horse even ran along side us behind the fence! It was a ton of fun, and I we finished in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.


Derek and I finishing the race together.

My brother ran the Bluegrass half marathon with us, too. He’s actually gotten really into running over the past few years.


My brother Jared, me, and Derek at the race.

After my last half marathon, I decided not to train for another one while I was engaged. I thought wedding planning, finishing graduate school, job hunting, AND training for another half would be too much at once. In fact, I got so busy that running sort of fell by the wayside for a few months. Now I’m slowly but surely building back my mileage, and I’m running 4 to 5 days per week. It’s been over a year since my last half marathon, and I’ve been itching to get back into it. As if on cue, my brother texted me a couple weeks ago and asked if I wanted to run a FULL marathon with him in October. I told him I wasn’t in shape enough to train for the full, but I was up for the half marathon at the same race. I’m excited to say that I will be running the 4 Bridges Half Marathon on October 19th. My brother will be running the 7 Bridges Marathon, and I’m pumped for him. I can’t believe he’s doing a full. How awesome!

Between now and October I will periodically post my weekly workouts, and I will post my half marathon training plan when I start it in late July or early August. Until then, I’ll be working on building back my mileage base.

Reader Questions: Have you ever ran in a race before? If so, what is your favorite race?

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