13 Unforgettable Moments from 2013
Some years feel kind of significant, while others don’t seem earth-shattering on the whole. For me, 2013 was one for the books. If this year had a theme, it was: change, adaptation and growth. So here are my highlights, in some cases, with accompanying Instagram photos:
1 - Turned 30. And it wasn’t so bad! In fact, 30 was my favorite birthday in recent memory. I tend to get kind of sad around my birthday because it reminds me that time is marching on. But turning 30 was different. I felt content with where I’ve been, happy with the path I’m on and excited for whatever comes next.
2 - Celebrated my brother’s engagement. I was so excited to hear that my younger brother, Tyrone, got engaged to his love, Leah. Watching them teaches me so much about partnership.
3 - Became an American citizen. I am beyond grateful that my mom decided to move us here. I’ll always honor my South African roots, but I am proud to officially be an American too. (Photo of decorations and covered brownies my coworkers made to mark the occasion).
The Little Detail That Makes Dennis Kimetto’s Chicago Marathon Win Even More Impressive
He pulled off his record-breaking win just six weeks after coming down with malaria. Seriously.
The incredible part of Kimetto’s story doesn’t end there — he is somewhat of an overnight running sensation. From the Chicago Tribune:
As fast as he ran Sunday, it pales in comparison to the pace at which Kimetto, 29, has gone from a non-running subsistence farmer in Eldoret, Kenya, to one of the world’s best marathoners, good enough to earn $100,000 for winning Chicago and a $75,000 bonus for the course record.
On the exhaustive track and road running data base, tilastopaja.net, Kimetto’s competitive record is blank until 2011, when it shows a lone race. Speaking through a Swahili interpreter, Kimetto said he had been growing maize and tending a few cows until he began running about four years ago.
Kimetto said he had been running about four miles a day when a chance encounter with Geoffrey Mutai, a Boston and New York marathon winner, led to an invitation to the demanding Mutai’s training group in a remote area, Kapng’tuny, some 40 miles from Eldoret.