First long run/ last run of 2010 is in the books. During my run, I thought about how lucky I am to be able to put one foot in front of the other day after day. I also thought about how much I wanted to stop, vomit, or walk, but that is not very positive of me, now is it?
(Snack plate: 1 slice cinnamon raisin bread, 1 banana, an apple, and 1 tbsp Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.)
I completed 5.47 miles in 56:56 and I felt so proud when I was finished. Once upon a time, that distance was easy. Today was not that day, but I finished anyways. I forgot what that feeling of accomplishment felt like in the down time between completing the last half marathon and training for the next one. I’m not where I want to be in terms of speed, but that will come in due time. For now my stats are good enough. But rest assured, I will not let my endurance fade away once I build it back up. Mark my words, because my heart and lungs felt every bit of today’s run.
(Boomer contemplating life with his legs crossed. He is a very special dog…oh and he sits in the crate because he likes it, not because we make him. Like I said, special…)
Onto a completely different topic…2010 has been one hell of a year. I’ll spare you an epic saga about resolutions and goals, mainly because I think I am already on a great path and I wouldn’t change too much about my life. The only thing I hope to accomplish in the new year is establishing myself in DC. But that will happen because the plan is very much in motion.
(Lunch: Bucket salad with spinach, 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas, 1/2 cup barley, 1 tbsp feta cheese, mustard, and balsamic vinaigrette.)
Right, back to 2010.
Well I finished college in 2010, so there’s that bachelors degree I have now. This whole thing hasn’t really hit me yet, but I am sure once the bills start stacking up and I begin working as a personal trainer I will realize that this isn’t all a dream and that college is, in fact, o.v.e.r.
(Snack plate numero dos: 2 clementines, a banana, and a tbsp of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.)
I also ran a half-marathon (which may trump finishing college because I got a medal). The entire experience was something that fundamentally changed me as a person. Running has given me a sense of purpose and clarity when life is nothing short of overwhelming and confusing. Racing was never even on my radar before my friend Bridget (who is running the Disney Marathon next weekend!) challenged me to a race. Little did I know that it would spark a fire under my ass when I needed it most.
This was by far one of the craziest years of my life between my stints in D.C. working and taking classes, Strasbourg with the most adorable host mom ever, and a triumphant return to my now alma mater Syracuse University. I’m sure 2011 will be nothing like 2010 as I transition from student to full time grown-up (that is a technical term). But honestly, I don’t want the new year to be like the last. My life is nothing short of a crazy adventure, and although I sometimes lose perspective, I know that things happen for a reason and that I am exactly where I need to be right now.
With that it’s time to toast to one crazy year. May the next one bring just as many great memories!
Until next time,
Questions: Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?