I’ve been reading everyone’s posts recapping 2011. It seems like the thing to do with the New Year only two days away. It’s inspiring to read back over your victories, races, accomplishments, challenges, struggles and goals – especially the joyful times. Last year on this day, I wrote my own recap and it was happy. My mother started running in 2010 and I said then that she [Mom] has once again reminded me that no matter what you think stands in your way – it doesn’t – you can still accomplish your dreams if you put your heart into it.
|Mom and I finishing her first 5K in August 2010.|
As I lace up my shoes, zip up my jacket and head out the door this afternoon for my last run of 2010, I have a lot to be thankful for. A lot to be grateful for. And a lot to look forward to. I hope you do too. My sincere wish for each of you is that you have a happy and safe New Year, and I can’t wait to see where the new year takes us. I’m already looking forward to reading your blogs. Happy New Year from us.
It’s funny how everything changed on April 21, a short four months later. 2011 was horrible. There’s not really much I wish to remember. In all honesty, I wish I could just forget. My life changed forever a little after 2:00 p.m. on that day when the local police called to tell me there had been an accident and my mother was being taken to the hospital. What I didn’t know until I got there was that she had passed away. I can’t ever change that. 2011 ripped my one of the people who loved me the most right out of my life without even a chance to say goodbye. The last time I saw her? After a six and a half mile run the Saturday before and we went to breakfast with our friend Wendy. The details of that morning? They’re fading faster. The last thing she texted to me I’m going out for a four mile run! Love you, angel!The last thing I said to her? I don’t remember.
|Cap City Memory Bib we wore.|
|The Lucky 13’s getting ready for the race.|
|Mollie & Me after the race.|
|Julie finishing the Cap City 1/4 wearing Mom’s Bib #.|
I ran Pittsburgh, my first full marathon, with the unexpected help of my dear friends:
|After the Pittsburgh Marathon.|
|My friends drove all the way to PA to surprise me on the course – AND RUN WITH ME!|
I kept running even though I wanted to quit:
|Westerville Rotary Fourth of July 5K.|
|Me & Mollie on the Fourth of July.|
|Running in the rain.|
|2011 Race Club. I’m in there somewhere.|
|Me & Mollie after the Columbus Half.|
|Mollie & Me at the Veterans 5K.|
I continued coaching the Lucky 13’s with MIT.
I was honored to receive the Spirit Award from the Columbus Marathon in October:
|My friend who nominated me Dave, Me, Michael & Dad.|
We carried on the family Thanksgiving Day Tradition:
I know there are good things on the horizon for 2012.
Continued reporting for Pace Per Mile Radio:
Representing FitFluential as an Ambassador to inspire others to achieve their health and fitness dreams:
Pace Coaching, of course:
And my biggest challenge, happening soon, The Goofy:
Spending time with the ones I love. I’m not taking them for granted.
And more blogging, you blogland friends, have been with me through the darkest time in my life. Your support, love, encouragement, sympathy, understanding and friendship has not gone unnoticed.
But, I also know 2012 won’t even be the same. Every joy is laced with sadness too at all that is left undone. Opportunities lost. Death is so final. You can’t demand a redo. I never knew what that felt like before this year.
So, for as much as I wish I could forget, I will remember. For my mother. Because she would never want me to forget that I love running – and so did she.
My wish for you all? A joyful New Year filled with love, happiness, friendship and good health.