Happy New Year's Eve!
I have read through lots of
blogs in the last week in which people say they are anti-resolutions or
don't like resolutions, and don't make resolutions, etc. etc. I am not sure why or when resolutions
got a bad rap...
The definition of resolution is -"a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something, the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc. and the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose."
Being determined on a course of action? Firmness of purpose? Sounds like good stuff to me. :)
So yes, I do have resolutions for next year. They are -
- Continue to be the best mom and wife that I can be. Never take Josh or my kids for granted for even a second. Love them with all my heart and soul.
- Dedicate more time daily for prayer and scripture study.
- Frequently express to family and friends how grateful I am for them.
- Notice, appreciate, and be grateful for my blessings daily.
- Continue to train hard and train smart, to make the most of my running talent, and go after my dreams and goals with no regrets.
- Find ways to continue to inspire others to get healthy and find their own passions, talents and dreams and dare to go after them.
I also have some plans and goals for 2013.
My running goals and plans-
3 "A" race marathons. Tallahassee on Feb. 3, San Diego Rock n Roll on
June 2, and CIM on December 8. The goal is to get under three hours in
the marathon this year.
I have at least one goal half marathon, which will be the Star Valley
Half Marathon in July, and the goal will be to get sub 1:30
- I will also do a couple of 5ks, with the goal of a sub 19 minute 5k.
Other than that, I will run Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back in June as part
of our ultra team, and the goal there is to kick butt and have a blast.
was a big year. Like all years it had highs and lows, both in my
running and in my personal life. With 12 kids, life is never slow!! In running, I ran a total of 3,634 miles
this year. That is an average of 302.8 miles a month, and 9.96 miles a day. I had
zero significant injuries which I think is a major success with the
mileage and I attribute a lot of that to my diligent core and strength
work. There were PR's and a DNF. There was lots of fun, tons of sweat, and MANY pairs of PureFlows. I was inspired to dream the dream of qualifying for the
2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, and then dared to set it as a goal and
make it public. I have not regretted it for even a second.
was featured in Runner's World Magazine in May, and in the January 2013
issue of Women's Running Magazine (which came out this month but I
still haven't seen!). It was my first year with a sponsor, and I have
loved being sponsored by Brooks and am excited and grateful to run for
them again in 2013.
learned a lot in 2012. I learned about having disappointing race
outcomes, and how to learn from the disappointments, and come back
better and stronger and even more determined. I learned that I love running even when it isn't
easy, and that I don't give up or quit just because things are hard. I learned that I am a fighter.
I learned that I LOVE coaching and that it is incredibly rewarding and fun.
learned that I am allergic to gluten, and that a 100% gluten free diet
is not nearly as hard to do as I thought it would be, and that it is SO
worth it for me.
learned to be cautious in who I trust. I learned that not everyone is who they pretend to be, and that not everyone who
pretends to support you and/or have your best interest in mind really does. Not an easy or fun lesson to learn, but a valuable one.
I learned a lot about friends - about the special few who really know me and who are truly always there to lean on and count on no matter what life throws at us. I also made some wonderful new friends in the running community, and it is so much fun to have friends that "get it" and support me in my running adventures. I say it often, but I love the running community!
I am grateful for the many blessings that 2012 brought, as well as the trials, challenges, and lessons. I hope to continue to grow, progress, and learn in all things in 2013. 13 has always been my lucky number, so I am excited for a wonderful year. :)
After a fun day of playing in the snow, hot chocolate, home-made pizzas and brownies, we are on our way to a family movie. Happy New Year's Eve everyone! And Yay for 2013.