11 Highlights from 2011

I’m weird about change. It makes me sad – even if it’s a good change. So, I’m a little sad about the year being over. I’m just hoping 2012 will be even better!

Here are my top 11 memories from 2011!

1. Running the Rock N Roll Phoenix Half Marathon.

This is one of my favorite races of all time. I felt GREAT the whole race! I had fun! It made me happy. I ended up beating this goal in May, but this race was more fun Smile rock n roll phoenix half

Okay, I do have to give PRing in the Long Beach Marathon a shout out here too. It almost killed me, but made me stronger. IMG_0362 (800x533)

2. Running with friends! I finally discovered running with friends can be fun! It’s taken my hobby to a whole new level and helped keep me socially normal. Kinda. monica and bobbi running

Honorable mention to: Running a Race in Boston (even though it was freezing and I didn’t want to get out of the car). I really wanted to run in 6 different states this year. I didn’t hit that goal, but with this and AZ above I was able to knock a couple out.snow in background

3. I got my personal trainer certification and got a job as a trainer!

This was one of my big goals of the year and I made it happen. I still have a lot of learning and growing to do in this profession, but I’m finally happy. I spent all my life thinking my path would be something else. It was really hard to let go of some of the dreams I was holding on to so tight. But, I’m very proud that I let go of some things in order to try something new and scary. personal trainer job

4. I spoke at Fitbloggin and the Healthy Living Summit! I did a presentation on Blogging 101. If you’re new to blogging check it out here. blogging 101

At HLS I spoke on Blogger Safety. It’s a topic I still think we need to continue to talk about. I don’t want to wait until something really bad happens for everyone to take blog safety seriously. blogger safety

5. I made more vlogs! I don’t know why I like talking to a camera over a live person, but I do. Kidding. But I enjoy video blogging a lot and hope to do it more often in 2012!

My How to Cut a Watermelon youtube will always be my favorite, but How to Cut a Mango is like the sequelimage

6. My fam and I had a lot of fun times eating, hanging out, eating some more…IMG_5563

7. We visited Ben’s fam and went to Marco Island where I didn’t die even though it was 102 degrees with 100% humidity. That’s basically underwater. marco island pic

8. I almost met Adam Richman from Man V. Food. But he tweeted me after and I adore him even more now!adam richman man v food

9. I did meet Bob Harper! IMG_6902 (800x533)


And I know what you’re going to ask – Yes, he’s super hot in person. Like crazy hot. Give me a minute now that I’m reliving it actually…IMG_7457 (800x632)

10. I ate my weight in watermelon and fro-yo and whatever else I wanted. I am at peace with food. I have days when I’m too snacky and I know that’s not good for me (old habits die hard!), but it’s not an emotional or starvation based thing. It’s just because I love food. monica watermelon

I wanted to lose 10 pounds and I failed at that 2011 goal. But, I didn’t gain any weight despite the fact that I eat what I want. Now it’s up to me to decide if I want to cut back to make the scale down or what.IMG_8597 (800x533)

11. Ben and I went to Sequoia National Park and Panama and didn’t kill each other continued to grow together <3IMG_5363 (800x533)

11 1/2. – Run Eat Repeat grew like crazy and I found new friends and readers and opportunities because of it!

I am very very grateful that you stop by to see what I’m up to. I read every comment and email and know you are busy and there are 89,000,348 other blogs you could be reading instead of this crap RER. IMG_6944 (600x800)Thank you for reading and commenting and supporting me. I hope you hang around for 2012!

Happy New Year!!!

<3, Monica


  1. Jessica says

    I am new to your blog this year and find you to be an adorable breath of fresh air. I am glad your readership (is that a word?) is growing, as you are pretty entertaining!
    Glad you had a great year, looking forward to reading posts in 2012!

  2. alicia says

    i love #10! i love all of them, but especially #10. and i love your blog! yours is the only one i bother reading anymore.

  3. Jessica says

    What a fabulous year and a great recap! Happy 2012, looking forward to what’s to come, thanks for making your blog a great place to visit every day. 😀

  4. says

    Hi Monica, long time reader/first time commenter… Love your blog! Sounds like 2011 was a fantastic year for you. Your fitbloggin presentation (blogging 101) has inspired me to put some real effort into my own blogging.

    Not a runner myself, I love reading about your running adventures (not to mention the food!). Keep up the great work. Happy 2012!

  5. says

    Hi Monica, I have been following your blog for the better part of a year now and you have inspired me to start my own blog. I look forward to reading about your adventures and sharing my own in 2012. Happy New Year!

  6. says

    Happy New Year Monica! This is such a nice post. Very thoughtful. I’ll always be an RER reader; with your blog, unlike many others, your passion and personality come through in every post. Keep it up!


  7. Jamie says

    I really enjoy going back and reading older posts. I just found this blog the beginning of this month and love it. I have a similar relationship with food that you had in the past and just got the book Intuitive Eating. I look forward to learning and growing while following your blog. You are helping me more than you know.

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