Well, here it is, 2014. My 2014 resolution is simple. Just keep moving. 2013 was a great year for me running wise, it got off to a great start with three (back to back to back) races in February. I had a good running rhythm going up until that last February race. After my last run in New York over the Triborough Bridge with my Bestie, I put away my sneakers to focus on my big move to Texas. Running took a back seat for a few months. The more I became settled in my new home and new state, the fact that I wasn’t running started to gnaw at me. I was nervous to get started again. I felt so shy about running in my new neighborhood. I don’t really know why, but I likened it to someone dipping their tippy toes into a pool before jumping in. I had to do it when I felt comfortable. I half halfheartedly attempted the treadmill – those sessions never really lasting that long. I had fleeting thoughts that I may just not pick it up again.
I introduced myself to the ‘hood by taking lots of stroller and wagon walks with my son. That helped me a lot and by May, I ran my first 5K in Texas. From that point forward I turned my little running hiatus into a really rewarding year.
Kim (bestie mentioned above) made me this very cool infographic that shows my 2013 running year beautifully.
I like to say that running in Texas agrees with me. I found a lot of fun races, a weekly social run, a 5K class that helped me take a lot of great strides to becoming a better runner. Would this have happened in New York? Maybe. But having it happen in Texas helped me feel more at home here.
Here’s a few things I’m looking forward to in 2014:
My first HALF MARATHON in February. I’ll be running it with the Husband and Kim. Two very important people will be with me as I complete (hopefully!) a challenging to me distance. There may be tears.
The Solider Field 10M. Also with the Husband and Kim. I’m digging the first half of this year already!
Going back to my first Texas race! Running the Disco 5K with the Husband and my son in the stroller. If we can still get the son in the jogging stroller in May!
Overall, I’m just hoping for another rewarding and healthy year in and out of my running sneakers.