“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”- Hunter S. Thompson
I set about this year with a plan. I wanted to push myself. I wanted to see just how far I could go. According to the statistics I did 247 workouts burning over 125k calories, and moving 883 miles. Now, those aren’t 100% accurate because I regularly forget my watch, but those are still numbers I’m proud of. While, granted, I have other friends that crossed well into the 2k miles for the year each one of those 883 miles, for me, were hard earned.
What those numbers don’t portray is the amazing experiences that this year has brought about. This year I completed my first Spartan Trifecta. While I may have started the journey because of He Who Shall Not Be Named I found some amazing people along the course who have become wonderful friends. I root for them, they root for me, but most importantly they are phenomenal humans I’m thankful to call friends. While Spartan Racing isn’t necessarily at the top of my things to do again, with the right company I could probably be persuaded. Maybe.
This year has also been a year of firsts for others in my life. Bella’s first 5k. GardeningGirl’s first 10k and her first 15k! CrossFit Runner and ShooterGirl also got into the action with CrossFit Runner doing her first trail 10k race and ShooterGirl doing her one (and only) run longer than 800m. Windchime and I got to share time on the ECSUT 50k course, her first, and all done without training. I was lucky enough to be there for all of these huge mile stones. I’m lucky that I have these amazing people in my life.
2016 will be forever the year that I started doing back to back races (challenges). Starting with Florida (Glass Slipper Challenge), North Carolina (Double Dare), and Colorado (Elk Double). Pushing myself and my distance is something that I’m still working on as witnessed by my first and second attempts at a 50k.
This is also the year, though, where I truly learned that I am not like the other kids on the playground. My asthma really reared it’s ugly head and has started to let me know where my limits are. I also truly learned the lesson that I have some amazing friends in my life who will absolutely be there no matter what. To those friends, you know who you are, I love you for who you are. We make up one badass family.
2017 is going to be a year of change and challenge. I may not be able to run the number of races that I ran this year, but that’s ok because the locations of where I do run are going to be AMAZING. My plan is to work within the box that I have on any given day vice fight against it. I’m going to focus on getting stronger to help me hold up longer on the trails. Finally, I’m going to be incredibly lucky to be able to train in some gorgeous territory in 2017.