Life has been "interesting" the past 2 years but I have nothing epic to post pics of and most of you are friends with me on FB and/or follow me on IG so you see the high points. My big win for 2019 was a trip with hubby Chris to northern Arizona where we did all the tourist hot spots. He loved the Grand Canyon and I did as well but my bucket list check off was the Petrified Forest and that's my feature photo. As a forester and amateur horticulturalist and general tree geek, it was amazing! I tried running in Flagstaff while we were there and that was an eye opening experience! Altitude and dry air had me gasping.
I had to take a break from regular running this past winter when life stress and obligations weren't giving me the rest and recovery I needed to run consistently at all. I ran here and there, 1 or 2 times a week but not much else. 2 months ago I started back up a plan and have had good success so far. I'm following a Rebuild program through Fitness Protection Program with Coach MK Flemming who is absolutely an incredible woman and provides the support I need right now in the right ways. If you follow me on Strava, you'll see my runs and that I'm using HR training. I love it and I love the lack of pressure to hit pace times. I just want to enjoy being out there and I'm succeeding in that goal. I stopped running remote trails in the spring after a pretty scary situation with a guy who had malicious intent. I'm not sure how to find peace in my mind and go back out there by myself and I have no friends who run trails here.
I'll be 49 in January and I've been focusing on my mental and physical health the past year. I'm such a work in progress. I'm not sure what 2020 will hold for me but I know it'll be a good year. With my 50th year looming, I'm looking ahead to what the second half of my life should be. How do I want to live? What does that life look and feel like?
Races/running goals for 2020:
- Kalamazoo Klassic in June in Kalamazoo, MI (10K and 5K combined)
Winter is knocking loudly on the door at my house and I'm ready for cross country ski season! I'll keep my running going as long as I have decent footing for 30-45 minute runs before work but long runs get replaced by skiing once the trails are groomed and ready. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I'll do my best to be here more - you're good people.