Never have I recorded pieces of my life in regular snippets as I have this year.
Some of my blog entries have been nothing more than checking the box, knowing that I needed to post something because it was my turn. Other entries helped me reconnect with the writer in me — and getting to know that writer again (beyond my corporate writing self), now as a working mother, wife and runner out to change her lifestyle has been an interesting shift.
As for the check-the-box posts, well, I just needed to get it done. Not much to reflect on there. But the other posts, the ones I’m most proud of, I really want to take this month to reflect on them. Not reblog them, but to use them as a way to reflect on this crazy year in which I decided to run every single day; reconnect with my two best girlfriends, who live in two different states; and do something that, at first, seemed purely and somewhat selfishly for myself amidst my busy working-mom life.
So it only seems natural that I start at The Beginning. This was my first post of the year, Jan. 1, 2013. I simply laid out what my “daily” would be — running — and why I was doing it: My goal is to drop some weight but I have no number in mind. What’s more important is that, through this project, I empower myself to feel strong again. And I want my daughters to know this strength: To feel confident. To have back-arching self-esteem. To never apologize for being good at what they do. I want to show them that, as women, you can run. You can giggle. You can cry. You can lead. You can work and play hard. And you can still find the time to better yourself. Every. Single. Day.
Have I dropped weight this year? Yes, just a little. But what I’m more happy about is that I’ve changed my body. It’s shape has changed. I’m tighter than I have been since having baby No. 2.
But honestly, that didn’t really start to change until I cracked the whip on training. I’ve seen the most changes this year in myself — both mentally and physically — when I’ve pushed myself the hardest. Seeing and feeling my body get stronger has been a really good thing — mentally and physically. More about the influence on my daughters to come…
I plan to log 1,000 miles by the end of the year — and that should happen at the end of next week if I decide to follow a new training plan I’ve laid out for a Feb. half marathon.
My updated mileage chart is below, along with the latest iteration of my training plan. I may make one or two more changes to it before the end of the week, but wanted to get it posted so I have a plan to follow.
Without a plan, my running is not focused. Without that focus, I don’t feel like I’m moving forward. What about you — how do you grow, improve and move forward?