Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015: Let's Review

Is anyone else finding it a bit jaw dropping that another year has come and gone so fast? In 2016 I will turn 36, which is pretty much like almost 40 in my books. We will parent through the terrible twos and hopefully hit some new PRs.  But before we jump ahead, let's look back on 2015.

2015 is the year I sprained both ankles. Not at the same time, but still a very serious setback in my running plans.  It is the year I took on a new challenge at work, learned to balance working more hours after bed time, and found myself wondering how people who work very intense jobs even manage to parent at all.

In 2015, both of my parents experienced serious health problems.  For the first time, I became acutely aware of how aging is impacting their health.  It was a scary year, which at times had me searching for jobs closer to home so that I could be nearer to them in case of emergencies.

I know it is sounding like quite the dreary year, so let's get on to the good parts shall we.  In 2015, our little boy grew from a baby into a hilarious, inquisitive little boy. He has leapt from toddling to full on running. He can speak in 5 word sentences and asks us the funniest questions.  For example, in the car parking lot he will point at every vehicle and say "Is this a back hoe?".  He knows of course that they are cars, but he seems to think it is a very funny joke.  We always laugh... maybe that is why.

This past year I got back into leading my first half marathon clinic since having Weston. It was all kinds of fun. There is something especially rewarding about helping other runners reach their goals.

I also hit some of my own milestones.  I ran 2 half marathons, raced Grizzly Ultra as a duo with J, and raced a weekly trail series (which is completely outside of my comfort zone). I worked with two different coaches in 2015 to help me get back into a consistent running schedule. I took a runners strength training class as well, but I didn't exactly stay injury free :).

Most importantly, in 2015 I feel like I grew as a parent and found my way to a new world where I can work, be present for W, and run for me. It is an ever changing landscape, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Tomorrow I will be back with some of my goals for 2016 (hint: blogging more should be one of them).

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating the last moments of 2015. It was a great one, but 2016 can be even better.


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