Monday, December 31, 2012

A nod to the past, a wink to the future!

New Years Eve 2012

It is New Year's Eve and like many, I am thinking about what I hope to accomplish in 2013.  For me, this starts with what I started in 2012 and what I will carry forward into the new year.  The past year has been somewhat of a blur although, I will remember it as the year I finally took charge and started many of the things I had been talking about or thinking about for many years.

A brief look back!

In July of 2012, I decided I wanted to run a 5K race.  I had not run or really exercised in a good 20 years.  So with that, I signed up for the Color Vibe 5K. I gave my self 8 weeks to get ready and I completed the race in a respectable time.  But that was not enough, shortly after completing the race, I was talked in to running a 10K trail race at Mendon Ponds Park with an incline of 1,000 ft per 6 miles.   Again, I had just about 8 weeks to prepare.  Throughout training, I managed to run a personal best of 9.5 miles.  I completed the trail run and had a blast.  Again, a respectable time for a beginner but nothing to right home about.  I completed the running season with a great Thanksgiving run at the Webster Turkey Trot.  This was a 4.4 mile run with 5,000 of my closest friends!  All in all, I went from not running at all to completing three races and managed to run about 200 miles from July through November.

In addition to running and trail running, I also managed to get a good mountain biking excursion in also.  Nothing to fancy but it had been almost 25 years since I had rode so it was great to get back out there an try it again.  I can definitely see this as something that I will pick back up in the spring and throughout the summer.

It wasn't all about exercise over the past year, I also fed my mind!  After several years of thinking about it, I went back to school.  I was accepted into the M.S. in Business Management program.  With any luck, I will graduate from the program in the spring of 2014.

A brief look ahead

So what will 2013 bring?  What personal goals to hope to achieve?  Well, for starters, I will continue on with my education.  Classes will start on January 14th so that will keep me busy.  I am looking forward to learning new things and getting a different perspective.

I have a renewed commitment to blogging and for getting my personal blog and my professional blog on track and increasing readership.  This will of course depend on content but I am hopeful that I can establish a good rhythm and get things off to a good start.  This will also require getting out of the comfort zone a bit and  increasing my use of social media.

One of the more tangible goals is that I begin training for my first half marathon starting January 1st.  I am planning to run the Flower City Half Marathon on April 28th, 2013.  This will be a big challenge for me and I am looking forward to the training and focus that will be required to complete the race.  If this goes OK, I may even try a full marathon!  I will be blogging about this journey (or at least that is the plan!).

Simplicity:  Above all this coming year, I would like to try and achieve as much simplicity in my daily life as possible.  I will try to remove as much clutter and noise from my life as possible and will try to achieve a harmonious balance.  We all have room in our lives to cut through the noise and simplify life to necessities.

Happy New Year to all!

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