Glenda & Suellen’s 2019 in Review

We decided to save some paper and move this online this year, so here’s a recap of what happened for us in 2019!

Lots of travel again this year, many for running and some with family. In January, we went to Disney World and ran the 5k together as Jungle Cruise captains, then Glenda ran the 10k, half and full marathon the next few days. The highlight was a picture with Judy Hoops, while Glenda was dressed as Judy Hopps!

In February, we gook a Caribbean running cruise, and had lots of fun with like minded running nuts (including a few friends from Madison).

For other running travel, Suellen finished her running a race in all 50 states (plus D.C.). We travelled to Nebraska, West Virginia, and Montana to get her last three. The Missoula half marathon was the final race to put her over the top.

For family travel, we took an Alaskan cruise with Glenda’s parents & sister and brother-in-law, and Suellen later did a bus tour to Christmas lights with her mom, to West Virginia. It’s always great to spend time with our families.

Glenda’s big races this year were USA Triathlon Nationals in Cleveland, where she placed 9th in her division and earned a Team USA spot for ITU Worlds in Edmonton in 2020. She also raced the Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Traverse City, Michigan, and had a great time. She was second in her age group and earned a slot to Ironman 70.3 Worlds in New Zealand in 2020.

Melanie started the year with a rocky time, health-wise. She had some surgery in February, with some complications, and had to stay in a nursing home for several months after. When she finally healed up, she decided to move to a new living situation, at a group home with two other roommates and 24/7 aides, in West Bend, Wisconsin. It’s about an hour and half away from Suellen, but so far the change has been good. Melanie has started going to the local YMCA, and trained to do a 5k in nearby Germantown in November.

Josh continues to work for UW Hospital, doing IT work, and has been busy training for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Aurora is at Disability Rights Wisconsin, and keeps busy with side jobs and the girls’ activities.

Maeve started middle school this year, and enjoys softball, karate and Girl Scouts. Ellie has also started karate, and is still doing Irish Dance.

Lastly, Pontouf had a good year for being loved and pampered, and even got to go to work with Glenda a couple times. She had some bad news at the end of year, when she was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma. Treatment is uncertain, and right now we’re just minimizing her symptoms and keeping her comfortable.

Best wishes for a good 2020 for all our friends and family.