Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Goodbye 27, Hello 28!

Today is my 28th birthday! To be honest, this is the most low key birthday I have ever had. Crazy stuff happening at work, it's a Wednesday and we had so much excitement around our anniversary it kind of got pushed to the side. 

27 was a good year for me. I ran a lot of races and set some PRs, acquired some fancy footwear and made some awesome friends! So, I figured what better way to welcome in 28 then to recap 27! 

I finished 19 races during my 27th year! They ranged from a one mile race to a marathon. I set a PR in the marathon (4:14) and 6.6K (32:49). I raced four new distances (marathon relay, five miles, 15K and 10 miles) and did two challenges (Pittsburgh Marathon Steel Challenge and Pixie Dust Challenge). 

I raced four half marathons and all four were sub-2 which I consider a huge accomplishment (1:56, 1:57, 1:53, 1:53). I also raced in five different states (Louisiana, DC, Ohio, California and West Virginia). I ran races in snow storms, single digit temps, rain storms and even blistering heat. I have experienced finishing both first and last in my age group.  

I even joined the Oiselle Flock and have had so much fun meeting some incredible women!

But with all of those fun facts about 27, I have to say I learned the most about myself from my experience with my stress fracture. I learned so much about myself, my drive and determination and my friendships that I could never forget. The fact that I could finish the RnR NOLA marathon on five weeks of training makes me so proud of the person I have become. 

So what is on tap for 28? Well, a half marathon PR! That's the only thing I am focusing on right now. Akron is the goal to break the PR, as I have said. After that, we will revisit the thought of a marathon PR in January. 

I also want to get better on commenting on everyone's blog. I promise, I read all of your blogs! My bloglovin feed has over 200 in it! I'm just terrible at commenting! I want to get better and I will! 

I also am starting to put together a list of local Pittsburgh races and recaps so you guys can get out there and enjoy our awesome running community! 

The final thing I promise to do is start keeping it a little more real with you guys. There are so many topics I want to blog about, but haven't because I'm worried about hurting people's feelings. We put ourselves out there on the Internet and we need to be able to dish it and take it. I owe it to you guys, because I know I'm not alone in the way I feel about things. 

Cheers to all of you for taking this journey with me! Thank you for helping me through this interesting year filled with ups and downs. This community is such a beautiful thing and I am so lucky to be apart of it! 

Here's to 28!! 


  1. Happy birthday Steffany! I'm so glad that I met you this year and hope we get to hang out even more :) What an amazing year you had and I can't wait to see what's to come! I would love more personal posts, and I promise not to get offended by anything you say :) Hope that you have a fantastic day, even if it is a Wednesday!!

  2. Happy Birthday! Sounds like 27 was a great year and 28 will be even more awesome! Can't wait to follow along as you chase those PRs.

  3. Happy birthday Stef!

  4. Steff, you had an awesome year; it's hard for me to even believe that you went through the stress fracture now, even though it wasn't very long ago. I'll never forget some of the pictures you posted while you were on your little "rest" period - ha! I hope you had a great birthday and I know this year is going to be just as amazing for you!! Woo hoo!!

  5. Leah Ballard FrazierJune 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    This is such a cute idea! I loved hearing about your 27th year! Hoping 28 brings you that half PR! So glad we were able to meet this year! Happy Birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday, Steff!! Here's to many more!

  7. Thank you Tara!! It seems like so long ago since the stress fracture happened! I forget sometimes, but the boot is in my basement lol!!

  8. Happy birthday Steff! You've had quite a year and I'm so glad you've come out of it healthy and fast! I think the whole "keeping it real" thing becomes easier with age. It comes easily to me now, but when I was your age I was always worried about pissing someone off or making someone not like me. I'll love you know matter what!

  9. Happy birthday! I'm also turning 28 next week! It's going to be a good year for both of us, I can just tell!