There is a ton of anticipation for 2013. Ok, so there was a lot of anticipation for 2012 that didn’t quite bust the bubble it was supposed to.
But there is a difference…and I am feeling totally teed up.
Personally, Professionally…Privately, Publicly…Awesomesauce!
Trying to make this idea flow, inspiration comes from a very typical source ~ my smart as hell friends. Madeline wrote this amazing post. Then I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with her (aka we went on a run together). It took me more time to get my heart rate up than it did to realize she is a wonderful person. I love it when that happens with my blogger buddies.
So, because I like her so much, I am stealing it 🙂 The answers to these questions form my tee box…and I am super ready to swing away 🙂
1. Best Race Experience
I picked up 2 notable running buddies this year. My beautiful sister in law and my amazing 6 year old.
Melissa and I started working out together early this year. By some manner of deception, I convinced her to start running with me. By May, she was hooked and agreed to her first race, CrimeStoppers Azalea Run 10k – no baby steps for her 🙂 Now Melissa routinely leaves me in the fetal position crying in the gym. On the open road however, she struggles with temperature regulation and hydration balance. What she doesn’t struggle with is heart.
That 6.2 miles was not the easiest thing she had ever done. It was a cake walk for me. She ran the better race. She accomplished the bigger thing. She was the better runner.
Watching her do what she did inspired me to not be a wuss. There is no improvement, no heart, no accomplishment in doing that which is easy.
2013 has been given the inspiration and the example to go big.
Being with her reminded me that go fast, go hard, go best does not always equal winning. Sometimes being that team player is the best thing you can do. How appreciative I am of Taryn, Madeline, Tony, Dan, and my other runner family members who turn off their bionic abilities and pretend to be mortal for me so that I can get better.
2013 is the year of community of helping hands.
My last race of the year was one for the books. My Turtle (her nickname bestowed far before we realized she was a runner) ran her first 5k! She ran that race with an average pace of 12:57/mile. And it was fun!
I have loved being a mommy at every single stage of the journey. And I really love babies. But I don’t have any babies any more. That milestone was crossed when I sat on the kitchen floor and cried when the baby lost her first tooth (which caused Porgie to cry because she had made mommy sad – it was not my finest moment).
But my children are becoming (far too quickly) people. They have interests and abilities and talents. They can be involved in very real ways.
2013 is the year that I commit to seeing my children with better vision and involve myself more fully into thriving – not just surviving.
2. Best Run
2012 was the year of my first marathon. I was supremely nervous. The training was going great until I fractured my right heel. Then I got nervous…really nervous. Then the demons started lurking in my head. Could I really even do it? Am I really a runner? What was I thinking getting into this running business anyway? Well meaning folks didn’t help very much. There was a lot of “consolation” and interestingly worded “I told you so”s. I don’t count it against anyone’s character. Most folks really were trying to be helpful and concerned. They didn’t realize that they were feeding the witch that was already in my head.
As race day got closer, I couldn’t help but remember what it looked like the year before. I resolved to run the race. I figured I could to it in under 5 hours. After my first run back, I settled on a goal time of 4:30. After my last long training run, my mind dared to toy with a sub 4 hour time.
I finished 3:59:43. 7th overall from Richmond Hill. The 1st 31324 woman across the finish line.
2013 is the year of confidence and self esteem.
3. Best new piece of gear
On Valentine’s Day my husband bought me the Breville Juice Fountain. What? That doesn’t sound like running gear to you? I assert that it absolutely is. This piece of kitchen equipment is the symbol of my commitment to take better care of this body God has given me. There have been some monumental changes in my approach to health. Those changes have positively enhanced every single area of my life, not the least of which is being a better runner.
2013 is the year of follow through. Great changes are only effective if they become habit, not fad.
4. Best running advice you received
“Honey, you seem a little irritable. Maybe you should go for a run.” ~ Love, The Husband
2013 is the year of remembering my spirit and nurturing my heart.
5. Most inspirational runner
I am going to admit, there is a laundry list I could put here. The running community that I have had the privilege of being involved with includes some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Along with those already mentioned here, I also have come into the amazing presence of
- Tim Waz, the ultimate cool kid who takes the time to make everyone else feel like the cool kid too
- Victoria Hickling, who I am convinced doesn’t even know the meaning of the phrase “negative thought”
- Dawn Baker, embodies the word “tenacity” and single-handedly made me the coolest big sister. Ever.
- Gary Davis who has the keenest ability to place encouragement in the perfect way, at the perfect time
And I could continue…for quite some time.
And as long as I went, I would come back to Sandra. An unexpected blessing in my life, Sandra opened a natural running store, Georgia Game Changers, right here in my little town. The store would be freaking awesome just because of its inventory. But its owner makes it exceptional. If ever an individual could be described as coming from contribution, it would be Sandra. A lot of folks will say it’s not about the money. Sandra is one of the few times I believe it.
2013 is the year of professional focus. Good business changes lives.
6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?