Month: December 2018

Happy 2019, SEE YA LATER 2018

2018 has been one big disappointment. I wrote earlier how nearly everything I planned crashed and burned. Sure, a few things worked out. My 37k Ridge trail race was great, and turned out to be the best race of the year for me. Another stand out was June’s One Day San Francisco 6 hour endurance race, where I finished first in my age group (out of one person, haha!). Even so, it’s the only age group medal I’ve ever earned.

But it’s nearly over, thank goodness. My experience is when it is really bad, as it had been, it’s followed by very good times. So, I look forward to some awesomeness in the new year.

I have a few goals for 2019. They are the following:

  • I will lose the weight I wanted to lose in 2018. I didn’t quite understand how difficult weight loss is low that I’m older. But I’m ready for the challenge.
  • I will do my first, second and third ultra races in 2019.
  • I will go on my first out of town vacation in years in 2019. It is one I’m really looking forward to, where I’ll run a 50k at the foot of Mt. Shasta!
  • Most importantly, 2019 will be more fun. I guarantee that!

I don’t expect instant magic when January 1st is here, but I do believe that the change in a calendar year creates a change in attitude enough to help bring about some good positive changes in my life.

I hope that 2019 is also a great year for all of you!

Happy New Year! Keep Moving Forward!

 

 

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Solstice Reflections

December 21st or close to it, is the darkest day of the year. The chill is in the year and as animals, we humans feel the need to hibernate and eat and I’m not exception. I’ve been in a funk since getting over my illness. I’ve been eating too much and not running as much as I should.

During my many non-running hours, I’ve been thinking about the year passed. 2018 has not been an easy year. Nor has it been the year I wish it to be. If someone asks me to describe 2018 in one word, I would say: disappointing.

The week before last someone stole my wallet. This was on the public bus I take all nearly every day. It was frightening and devastating. I didn’t lose that much, a few dollars, a couple debit cards and my driver’s license. So, I had to spend nearly an entire day at the DMV to get a replacement one.

I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to lose. I never realized just how difficult it would be to get the weight off in my late 50s. I will do it, but it will take a lot more work. My biggest disappointment was failing to complete my first 50k. Others around me finished theirs, but not me. I felt really bad. It definitely deflated me. But, I picked myself back up and I kept going as I always do. I will get my first ultra in 2019 instead.

In my next post, I’ll wright my goals for the new year.

Cheers!

 

 

GET THROUGH THE VALLEYS….

Peaks and valleys are part of life. It seems that my life has been a lot more valleys than peaks over the last few months. First the smoke from the horrible wildfires hit us in Bay Area in early November. That pretty much stopped my training for a few weeks.

Not only that, but I developed a sinus infection from all that smoke. So, I was sick over Thanksgiving. I still ran the Turkey Trot, as I always do. But, life sucked for a few days.

Once I got back into, I realized I was about 10 pounds heavier and felt like a fat slug. That didn’t stop my need to train, so I ran and went to the gym.

But then, last Thursday, someone stole my wallet. I was pickpocketed on the bus I always take! ARGH!!!!!!!! More valley pits!!!

I still got a long run of 15 miles in Sunday. My 12 hour race is going to be ugly with lots of walking. I’m hoping with all this nonsense in 2018, that 2019 is going to be great! I’m ready for some peaks!!!

Until then, I keep stepping towards those goals. I will write about my goals in my next post!

Keep Moving Forward!