Friday, December 30, 2011

For Times Gone By (Auld Lang Syne) in 2011

Exhausted. This week has kicked me in the butt. For the first time since I've started running my legs are just tired. I'm fatigued, I'm aching, and I'm feeling defeated. Add this feeling to the cookie/muffin top that arrived on my body last week and I'm just feeling, well... like a bump on a log. So what better time than to stop - look back at my "log" and see just how much I accomplished this year?

At this time last year, I had lost 50 lbs and hadn't run a step in my entire life. Today, I've lost 100 lbs and I'm racing 5 miles this weekend. Ok, that's sort of big.... add to that:

According to - which I've used since May 2011 - when I started running, I have run 130 workouts going 550 miles. 10 runs into my new hobby, I got more serious than just mapping my run and got myself a Garmin. My Garmin stats for 2011 are:

 Count: 140 Activities
 Distance: 491.05 mi
 Time: 113:50:53 h:m:s
 Elevation Gain: 15,559 ft

Avg Speed:
4.4 mph
 Avg HR: 142 bpm
 Calories: 72,929 C

 Now, some caveats. I have worn the Garmin for at least a handful of non-running cardio workouts. But, I will hold these numbers up proudly. When I started running I was a jiggling size 16. I'm still jiggling but I credit the running to getting the last 25 lbs off this frame, several inches, and getting my tummy slimmed down enough to fit into a size 12. More still, running has helped my self confidence, my stress level and my health in both measurable and unmeasurable ways. I've graduated from dancing on the Wii, to running in  "Publik", to kick boxing with Tony Horton, to racing a 5K, to plyometrics, to half marathon training. As one of my favorite running songs goes, "there goes the fear" (the Doves).

So pretty much this year can be summed up: I've gone from being a bump on a log to feeling like a bump who is committed to log (miles that is). 2011 has turned out into the best year of my life. Other years of my life have had highlights - 2004 for my marriage - 2008 and 2009 for the birth of my girls - but never has a year brought me so much personal triumph on an almost weekly basis. I'm feeling a bit melancholy that 2011 is ending and trying with all my spirit to embrace 2012, to set goals, make plans and sign up to keep on triumphing in 2012.

So I feel that I need to give 2011 its due respect. In order to do that, I will dress up! Ala...

Should old acquaintances be forgotten
and never remembered
Should old acquaintance be forgotten
For times gone by

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by

And in the wise words of Ferris: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Bring it, 2012!

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