Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Back on 2012

I am amazed how quickly Christmas came and went this year. Now we are on the last day of 2012. I keep asking myself where has the time gone? I can still remember very clearly my mother telling me to enjoy my youth because one day time will fly. She was so right and that's why today I try to live each day to the fullest.

As I look back upon 2012, I can't help but feel so blessed:

In January, my honey and I took a big step and made our living together official.

In March, my niece Tori came to NYC with her school and we got to spend a lovely evening together!

In May, my sister Mary Beth and her daughter Tori came to NYC for a whole week. We had so much fun being tourists together and my favorite day was when we spent a whole day Thrift shopping in Brooklyn. 

In June, we went on a week long vacation to Los Angeles. So many memories!

In July, I commenced my NYCM training (with my honey getting up with me at 5:30am for runs before work) in hopes of running my 2nd marathon in the Fall. We also decided to complete our Sunday long runs up at Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The trails are beautiful and I can't imagine completing local long runs anywhere else after running on these trails for 5 months now.

In August, I tried to turn 41 gracefully and not let it bother me too much. I also stuck with my marathon training while suffering from a sinus infection for 3 weeks of the month. 

In September, I re-entered the racing world by completing a 4 mile race. I hadn't run a race since Summer 2011 and at that only entered 1 race that year.

In October, I sacrificed attending Rhinebeck with my fellow knitting friends whom I hadn't seen in a year so I could stick with my marathon training. 

In November, I was prepared to run the ING NYCM Marathon, and my sister Mary Beth came to show her support for the weekend, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans for it. I still got to run my 2nd Marathon, just two weeks later thanks to Philadelphia graciously opening up spots for us displaced NYCM runners. My honey also flew home with me for Thanksgiving and was able to meet the rest of my family.

In December, I was forced to take almost 3 weeks off from running because of a nasty head/chest cold I got at Thanksgiving. However, as of this past week I got my running game on again and am getting my running legs back. I also stayed local for Christmas and was able to celebrate the holiday with my honey's family. My honey and I completed our last trail run of 2012 up at Rockefeller State Park Preserve yesterday and it was so magical because it was in 2-3 inches of fresh, untouched by machine, snow!
Just ran 6.25 miles in the snow!
I am closing out 2012 with having run a total of 615.77 miles! I am thrilled with this number, especially since it's been a few years since I have run that kind of mileage. 

Overall I would say 2012 was a good year for me. I am excited to see what 2013 has in store. I have set some goals for myself and I look forward to sharing with everyone what they are tomorrow. Until then, I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe New Year's Eve!!!

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