Kristen R: A Year of Running (+1)

A lot can  happen in a year

So what do you do after running for 365 days in a row? Well, you run again. At least, that’s what I did today. A quick 5k to ring in the New Year — a ritual I plan to do year after year for as long as I can, as way to start the year on a healthy note.

My morning walk into work on New Year's Eve -- before getting in that last run of the year.

My morning walk into work on New Year’s Eve — before getting in that last run of the year.

Now, after a year of running, what do you say? I’m not really sure. Some of it was summed up in my last official post of 2013. As for my final run of 2013, it was a little anti-climatic, to be honest. Partly because I knew it wouldn’t be the final run of my running streak (that was today), and partly because it just felt like any other day. I went to work, came home and went for a run. Just like I had done every single day of the year.

I will admit, though, that typically, I would run after my kids went to bed, so I could squeeze in as much time with them after work as possible. But yesterday I wanted to get in my final run of the year outdoors, despite chilly temps and a lingering cold I picked up before Christmas. I wanted to finish this challenge I set out to do 365 days ago in the light of day. So that’s what I did.

And when it was done? Well, it was done. No fanfare. No high-fives. It was just the end of my year-long goal. I savored it all alone, quietly and briefly.  When I returned home, I had to quickly switch back to mommy-mode and move on to cooking dinner for my kids, asking them to quiet their usual late-afternoon giddiness, and figure out what to do with our New Year’s Eve.

But I think that’s how it should be. I didn’t do this to cross some big finish line that would mark the end of it all. I did this to change some bad habits. I was a runner before this year, I just wasn’t very consistent about it.

I captured a little bit of my final run yesterday -- a habit I think I'll continue this year.

I captured a little bit of my final run yesterday — a habit I want to continue this year.

Over the course of the year, I certainly found the consistency I was lacking. My excuse leading up to Making It Daily was that I didn’t have time to squeeze fitness into my busy days as a working mom and partner. But I do have the time. And I also have time to reflect on my life and family as well as connect quite regularly with close friends in meaningful ways.

2014 is going to be about continuing  to make time — time for my health, time for my family, and time for my two closest friends who joined me in making 2013 a year of change.

I plan to continuing blogging — weekly — and setting some new health goals, too (I’ll share those in my next post). It will serve as a way to stay connected to KHP and Claire, to see what they choose to make a daily part of their lives for 2014.

Thank you, KHP and Claire, for joining me in this. You are both strong, smart and beautiful women, mothers, partners, dear friends — and you are truly family to me. Thank you, Taylor, for your constant patience and support. What a wild year it’s been for both of us! You are the greatest partner and father, and I’m lucky to have you as my best friend to share in this life with. And thank you, readers. I have loved connecting with so many other runners this year.

Happy New Year!

Gotta run, and Friday seems like a good day to make that happen.
Kristen R.

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About Kristen R.

Counting down to 40, while juggling motherhood, marriage, the corporate grind & middle-of-the-pack running. It's OK to point & laugh. http://mamaontherunblog.wordpress.com
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3 Responses to Kristen R: A Year of Running (+1)

  1. khpixler says:

    Ditto dear friend. I love you and I am so proud of you. You hubby kinda rocks too.

  2. wwwmama says:

    Ditto again. I am giving you a standing ovation now. And can you believe none of us even took one day off?

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