Much has happened since the last time I posted. I think there’s only been one race since I did Northwest Passage, and that was the Bellingham Bay Half Marathon in September. That’s one of my favorite courses, since much of it is run within sight of the water. Well, that and the fact that I love the medals they give.
Running hasn’t been as high on the priority list for the last several months. Maybe we pushed to do too many races in 2012, so we weren’t as motivated to run races in 2013. Whatever the reason, we didn’t get out as much as the year before. It’s a little harder to do longer runs as a result; I went out today to do 3+ miles, and I could definitely tell that I have not been running as often as I had been. Time to change that; I want to run 14 races in 2014, with at least 6 half marathons. I’m already signed up for three HMs plus Ragnar Northwest Passage, so I need to buckle down and get back to work.
So many changes in so many areas besides running: the company I worked for since 2001 moved out of state in October, which means my current job is looking for work. I’m also working on building a network marketing business as my long-term retirement plan since I don’t expect to ever retire otherwise. I love the products and the company and have been to a couple of international conferences already, which has allowed me to travel to Phoenix and Orlando. I never expected to be able to visit both Disneyland and Disney World in the same year; that was an unexpected blessing!
We said goodbye to our Alaskan Malamute, Kenai, a couple of months ago when she passed away. After having one or more dogs for well over 30 years, it was too hard not having one for several weeks. We are currently in the process of adopting a young, strong-willed Malamute named Stryker. He’s a gorgeous boy and has potential to be a running partner once he’s trained. Our only concern about him is the extreme interest he shows in our cat. We’re keeping them apart for now and may never be able to truly trust him with the cat if we’re not around.
Christmas was celebrated at home with my husband’s sister, her husband, and her husband’s sister making the trip up north to be with us and our daughter and her family. That was wonderful; we don’t get to see them nearly often enough, but this year we got to spend time with them both in January and December.
I ended 2013 slightly up in weight (maybe 5 pounds) from the start. It hasn’t been a big enough climb to motivate me to focus on losing those pounds, but I’d really like to drop about 10 pounds or so this year. I haven’t committed to any particular weight loss plan or timeline as yet. That may come in the next one to two weeks, though, since I know I need to do that in order to make it happen.
That about wraps it up for 2013. May 2014 be a year of stretching and growing and reaching for your goals!