Saturday, February 4, 2017

New Year, New Everything!

I am embarrassed I have fallen short on the blogging front.  This is a new year and a new everything.  Last year this time, I was helping my Dad up in NYC in ICU.  Fast forward to now, he is living 6 miles from me in NC and adapting to NC life.  

In case you followed me last year, I did indeed hit my goal of 2016 in 2016.  I was logging some serious mileage in the month of December, but I did it!  I ended up with 2023 miles.  I did not, however, sign up for 2017 in 2017 because I did not like the stress this challenge caused me.  I think on a number of days I would have opted to rest my body (and probably should have) but I got my running shoes on and ran anyway.  I logged many more miles walking, rowing, elliptical training and cycling but I chose to only consider running miles in the challenge.  

One of the most magical moments of last year was being asked to be a Lululemon Running Ambassador.  Some of the Lululemon Crew came to a half marathon I was pacing in October and were there at the finish line with really cute signs. I was moved to tears of joy.  I have been a Lululemon fanatic since I learned about them 6 or 7 years ago in NYC.  I was the first patron on opening day at their showroom location here in Greensboro, NC and have been an avid fan of just about everything they sell.  They are really making great strides in their running gear and I hope to help them in any way I can with my 40+ years of running.  Big, hairy audacious things are in the works and I cannot wait to share them here on the blog.  Suffice it to say, I still pinch myself often to make sure I am not dreaming.  
 Lululemon now has a complete store at Friendly Center and I have been fortunate to host some runs from the store with more exciting plans in the future!  Stay tuned!  Now back to running...

 I am excited to be returning to Boston this April for the 2017 Boston Marathon.  My running friend, Jeriann, moved to Dallas so we thought this was a great way to see and spend some time together.  I am so excited to share a hotel room with her and plan on documenting our time in Boston down to the nitty gritty; all things running, that is!  I visited Jeriann in December and ran the half marathon there and ran into a few running friends celebrities:  Deena, Meb, Ryan, Desiree, oh my!  Can't wait for the fun to continue in Boston!  I did manage to earn 2nd place in my age group and just last week received my award.  Cameron, my faithful rescue dog LOVES to be in pictures!
I have been diligently training for Boston and can't wait to share what has been working and what hasn't in some future posts.  For now, here are some of my favorite pictures from last year (I am definitely working on my flexibility in 2017..eek!):