Looking Back and Looking Ahead

As I went out for my annual New Years Day run, I was enjoying my time to myself and reflecting on my upcoming year.  I wasn’t really looking back on 2013 because that’s old news.  I don’t usually set goals that I write about, but I did have some thoughts.  It was a brisk day out today and the roads were quiet.  There is a large snow storm heading our way and I noticed some things about the day today.  There were deer out in the fields eating.  It was 2:30 in the afternoon and I think they must know a storm is coming so they are getting their food now while it is easy to find.

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As I was on me return leg home from my run I saw the clouds in the distance.  I took a picture of the road behind me and then the road ahead of me and thought that was a nice metaphor for my year to come.

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The road behind me for 2013 was a good year.  I have had some tough years prior, but each year builds me up and I learn from the experiences I go through.

 

 

In 2014 I would like to set some goals for my running to help me become a better runner.

1. Finish the Disney Marathon – my 2nd full marathon.  I know I can finish it, but it’s never finished until the medal is around my neck!  I am especially excited that my parents are going to be there to see me finish it this year!

2. Strength train – I learned a lot of great strength training exercises from my physical therapist and I want to maintain those exercises to help me avoid injury so I don’t have to go to physical therapy again in the late summer.

3. Drink more water – I used to be a big water drinker, but since the fall I have lacked in this habit of mine.  I drink some but not as much as I should.  I enjoy the water when I slice cucumbers and fruit and ice and serve it in a wine glass.  It always makes it seem more “spa-like” and appealing.

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4. Meet new friends – In the Disney Running community there are so many friends you can meet.  I have met so many great people this past year and I am hoping to meet more in the upcoming year and races.

I am looking forward to another good year and watching my children grow.  They have grown so far this past year and my daughter has especially blossomed into her own self.  They are growing up so quickly and I wish I could slow down time.  I am looking forward to future trips to Disney World with my family and also with my running friends.

Here’s to a Happy New Year in 2014!

What are your goals for 2014?

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7 thoughts on “Looking Back and Looking Ahead

  1. We are excited about seeing you cross the finish line on that Sunday.

    “Run Momma run!”

  2. Oooh, you make that glass of water look AMAZING! I really need to get better at that too, it’s such an easy thing to do and yet I find myself going all day before I realize I didn’t have any water at all!

    And I love your “ahead” and “behind” pictures, such a nice metaphor!

    • Thanks Danielle! This week I am doing Lime and ice! Trying to be good about my water. You feel recovered from Dopey?

      • Yes, I feel great actually (other than a little tired)! I’m still forcing myself to take at least a week of recovery/ no running – after back to back marathon training cycles I think I need it!

      • Not a bad idea. I am doing weights again to change things up a bit. Do you have plans for any upcoming marathons? I think I am going to do the Providence one on May 3. Gail Savage is also considering it.

      • I have to admit I am REALLY tempted to sign up for another marathon to do sooner rather than later…I was only about 4 minutes off my PR last weekend and I stopped for a TON of pictures. I’m really tempted to do another just for a PR attempt…

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