Thanks for your comments to my last post – it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one out there with a fear of flying!
Can you believe today is the last day of 2010? It seriously flew by, but I guess there’s no better time to reminisce on the year that was 2K10.
I started this blog in May not knowing how long I would stick to it, whether I would like it, or really what direction it would take. I just wanted an outlet to talk about the things I’m passionate about – food, nutrition and running!
But blogging quickly became something I love – reading other blogs, talking about whatever I want and exploring my writing, and meeting other bloggers has been amazing.
I’m so glad I chronicled training for the NYC Marathon through the many bumps, failures, great success and joy. So let’s review…
- Remember when I turned my ankle on the bridle path?
I really thought that was a bad omen, but thank goodness I recovered quickly. Also, the blog experienced an extreme spike in traffic referrals from a foot fetish site. Ew.
- I took marathon training on the road in Philly, New Hampshire and Boston and enjoyed exploring these different cities (and seeing my pal Meghan tie the knot!)…
- I ran 20 miles for the first time ever! And it hurt. The following week, I learned about the dangers or hyponatremia and overhydrating. Thankfully I recovered well!
- My next 20 miler was much better and I felt great! So was my last 20 miler of marathon training…
…until I got home and realized I lost my ONLY apartment key somewhere in Central Park. Thanks to a cab driver from the heavens for feeding me while I waited for a very expensive locksmith to open my door. Now I have an extra key at a friend’s nearby 🙂
- Tapering was a good experience, and I was just happy to get to that point without injury!
- When marathon week finally happened, I was over the moon excited. I had been dreaming of running the race for so long, and it was really happening.
Running the NYC Marathon was hands down, the highlight of my year. And I don’t care if I sound like a nerd saying so. Every mile was fun and exciting, I loved the crowds and looking for friends, and seeing my mom and sister cheering their faces off for me is something I’ll never forget.
I learned so much about myself, as a runner and as a person, both through my training and those very special 26.2 miles.
I’m finally part of the exclusive club – a marathoner – and I think this quote is something only marathoners can understand how true it rings:
When you cross that finish line, no matter how slow or how fast, it will change your life forever.
I know I did more than running this year – I also made and ate lots of delicious food, got As in my classes and spent time with great friends and family.
Like I told myself on January 1, 2010, this year was the best I’ve had because I made it that way. After experiencing a major health event in September/October 2009 (which I’m so glad I shared with you!), I gained a new outlook on life that I think you can only get if you are faced with it ending just like that.
We are all so lucky to be alive, healthy and living on this earth – we should always make the most of this very simple gift, yes?
So with that, I’m going to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I know 2011 will be the best I’ve had, and I’m pretty excited to get started.
Question: What are your plans for NYE? Are you a party animal or more low-key? I’ll be volunteering at a midnight race in Central Park (and confession: it’ll be the first time I’ve seen midnight on NYE in a good couple of years!).
P.S. Being the type A control freak that I am, my 2011 goals are a plenty and will be in a future post 🙂