finishing my first marathon.
I truly cannot think of that day, that moment, without getting all nostalgic. Truly one of the best feelings ever to cross that finish line and feel like I was invincible, even if just for a moment in time.
A close second for "personal" moments of 2012 was the decision to go back to school:
I'd be lying if I said it's been easy. It hasn't. I've shed tears. I've doubted myself. But there have also been times of triumph and overall a feeling of, "I know where I'm going and what I want in life." And that's made any tears or frustrations worth it. I've come out relatively unscathed thus far and have gotten good grades to prove it.
Life-wise, I got to do a whole slew of traveling with Ry Ry, got to PR in a few races, meet some new friends, spend time with old ones and fam. I would say it's been a good year. But now, it's time to look to the year ahead.
Let's just look at the tail end of 2012 quickly, shall we? Here's some very Megan-and-Ryan-esque Christmas eve pictures:
kitchen dancing, where I'm "dipping" him. Naturally.
Being festive with people's bows (I do this every year):
I'm thinking of wearing this look all the time. Haha.
And one being mostly normal:
Christmas was good on both sides...and then we got sick. Like feeling like death full on flu. We got it late wednesday and just now feel human. It has not been pretty. Today I felt good enough to do a walk/jog sweat sesh to rid myself of any other germs, but even this "easy" workout felt hard:
2 in 23:30. Even if it was much slower than normal, I was grateful to log 2 miles without dying.
Before Flupacolypse hit our house, I thought I would be able to beat my mileage from last year. I ran 902 last year. I thought I could easily do 905 since I was sitting at 882 on wednesday. Then, I didn't move a muscle for several days and a long run is/was out of the question for today and tomorrow. Alas, I won't be beating it. It happens. I'm not mad in the least. In fact, I started off the year on track to be wayyyy over, but my mileage took a major nosedive when I started back to school. That's okay. It felt worth it. I would rather sacrifice the number of miles I run and still be able to run while also doing other things I love.
So, that's kind of my mindset for 2013. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. That means running miles, but NOT stressing about how many I'm running. It means having those lofty goals I mentioned before, but not worrying too much if I don't reach them. It also means one very real thing: DON'T RUN A MARATHON. When I finished the marathon, I was semi-angry with myself. I knew I had a faster time in me. I still know that. I looked up races. I wanted redemption. Yet, I decided to wait. I said 2013 was going to be my year. When RunnerBro signed up for Bayshore Full, I wanted to join him. Yet, I knew I couldn't manage the training, full time job, and 9 credit hours of school. So, I vowed to sign up for another, eyeing Chicago as the perfect fall marathon. But, I'm being honest with myself before I sign up and make a mistake. I can't sign up for one. If I do, something with suffer. Either I'll do poorly in school, I'll skimp on training, or I'll lose sleep trying to fit it all in and my health will suffer. It's just not worth it. School is only going to get more chaotic and if I sign up for a full, I'll end up resenting something. So, a full will wait. Marathons will always be there. It's much easier to train for a half. I am already signed up for Bayshore and also hope to do Rock CF with the other Megan, plus maybe one more. I'm also definitely going for quality of races, rather than quantity. Here's what I know I would like to do:
Auto Show Shuffle 5k on Jan 19 (for sure doing this and I hope other people will do it too!!): http://www.autoshowshuffle.com/
Shamrock n Roll 10k on March 17: http://www.shamrocknrollrun.com/
Rock CF half on March 25: http://www.outruncf.com/
Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC April 7 (lottery, already picked)
Bayshore Half on May 25 (half already sold out, 10k still open)
Beyond that? I have nothing planned and truly I like it that way. I don't want to be tied down to any races too far in advance. I know we'll do the Halloween one and the Turkey Trot, but other than that...who knows?
It's so weird to have such a relaxed approach to running and racing for 2013, but it's making me much more excited for each race too.
I have no idea what 2013 will bring, but I'm excited for whatever it holds. Cheers to an almost new year! Hope you have fun however you end up celebrating :)
-What's your approach for 2013? Big goals or taking it one day at a time?
-What's on your race docket for the new year? I'm not against signing up for races and can be persuaded...
-Are you celebrating big tomorrow night?
-Anyone else suffer the wrath flupacolypse? Hopefully you are surviving!