I learned a lot this year. About myself, about friendships... about life. Around me, babies were born and angels gone to heaven too soon. People got married and people broke up. The scale went down and also back up. I feel as though I have changed in just the short span of 2012. I've tried hard to get back to a person that I used to be, and all the while not giving up. I joined a gym, I ran six races (I think) including the 10 Miler (!!!), I started reading more, and I gave up sending notifications from social media to my phone. I'm learning what truly matters and what battles are worth the fight.
This year I learned two big things:
~Sports injuries... If it hurts, STOP. Stretching is important. If you aren't happy with one answer, keep asking. The first doctor I saw told me that maybe I just can't be a runner. If that was the consensus from more than one professional, I may have stopped, but I needed to run. I may not be fast, but I needed the endorphins. I worked with a great physical therapist named Chad who got me back to running, and taught me how to prevent further injury.
~Exercise is medicine... Seeing my cholesterol go down, change in meds, even areas of my psoriasis improving! And being down 3% body fat since joining the gym. I'll take these changes even if I can't fit into a size 6!! I feel so much better after a hard workout or a session with my trainer, than sitting around doing nothing.
2013 is going to be a good year! I'm almost 35 and there's much I want to accomplish before then. **Confession: I'm kind of afraid of turning 35. I think about what I thought I would have accomplished by now and I'm ready to work harder to get there. There's much more that I'm going to need to change to get there. And I hope it happens before the big day.
I'm not running a New Year's race this year, mainly out of fear of another injury after last year. I still consider myself a "new" runner, but I think that's because I don't run fast. It's supposed to be cold and the cold is not calling my name this year. I wish all my racing friends luck! Maybe next year I'll be back out there! (and I'll be 35... *sigh*)
What I am planning is finally doing 13 in 2013. Of course, it's 13.1 to be exact! In a little longer than a month, I can enter the lottery to run a half marathon on my 35th birthday. Yes I'm excited! And maybe I can get 13 races in this year, but we'll see how many I can afford.
As tomorrow quickly approaches, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe new year. Don't make resolutions that you'll never even try to achieve. Don't say you're going to lose 5 or 50 pounds and then complain about how hard it is to do. It is hard! But trust me when I say it's worth it.