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!