Birthdays. Some use them as a time for celebration, but I love taking the time to reflect and set new goals for the coming year.
To say this past year of my life has been all about change would be a complete understatement. If one would have told me last year in October, that a year later I would be living in California, missing the Chicago Marathon, becoming a primarily trail runner and dabbling in yoga & mindfulness I probably wouldn’t have believed it. My reflection of this year? Nothing turned out the way I imagined…and yet life is pretty incredible.
About this time last year, I had made up my mind I wanted to leave Chicago for warmer weather and started putting those goals in motion. I had a plan on where we wanted to live, and a way to find a job, but to be honest the rest of my goals and what I would “be or do with my life” was a blank slate. For those that know me, know I function better with plans, goals and a sense of structure. In this past year, I threw all of that need for structure out of the window. Although I didn’t realize it on my last birthday, I needed time to reset, breathe and find a way to “experience” life. I spent a lot of time focusing on being a student of life again, and not always being the leader/motivator. Taking that chance, has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life
The most surprising change has been my transition from road running to trail running. It has provided a new fitness challenge that I so desperately was craving, has opened my eyes to an amazing running community, and provided the catalyst I needed to “learn” again about running, instead of only running to motivate others.
Yes, I miss my friends and family (thanks to social media it’s not so bad) and some of my favorite Chicago restaurants. (LA restaurants are pretty spectacular too) What I have gained has been so worth the risk of change. This sounds incredibly clique, but sometimes when you step out of your comfort zone, you really can find the life you really want to lead. My life now is much more relaxed, I have been fortunate enough to make quite a few new friends, and living among the palm trees and weather is pretty sweet too.
To sum it up: the path this last year has lead me on, allowed me to let go of the things that weren’t serving me, and yet have found a new passion for what really does. I have discovered, this is what matters in life. Don’t hold on to something just to hold on or that is what you think is the right thing to do. Dig deep, find those goals and ideas that linger in that deep place, and go for it. Jump in with two feet and go for it. What do you have to lose?
With peak week approaching I did a lot of running this week:
*I didn’t make it to yoga this week, and I actually missed it. Can you believe that..I missed not being able to take yoga.
*I’ve spent a bit of time getting back to reading this week. I love to read, but have been so consumed by podcasts lately. I’m trying to find a way to squeeze them both into my life. For now, podcasts for running and commuting and I am committing to reading every night.
*I preordered the new Lauren Fleshman training log called Compete. I can’t wait to get this, as I am trying to dabble into setting my race goals with a more competitive focus.
A couple week’s back I mentioned I had a cool opportunity come up as an Ambassador of Bib Rave. It was delayed a bit, but starts Monday. Check back next week on my cool opportunity which will hopefully make my first mid distance trail race even more successful