hello and good-bye

hello and good-bye

Around this time, I can’t help but get excited for the adventures that lie ahead in the new year.

But in the name of gratitude and celebration, it’s only fitting to reflect on a few of the gifts from the year before.

I...

joined a run club after years of going it solo and casual.

learned:

  • jumping from 60 km a week of tootling to 90-100km of quality was perfect for my spirit and a bit hard on my body.

found a great physiotherapist (and researched the ins and outs of my benefits plan).

learned:

  • there’s no shame in asking for help, stretching, strengthening and slowing down in order to later rev back up

ran my first 50km at the gorgeous gorge falls 50km.

learned:

  • rainshadow running knows their sh*t
  • “undertrained” isn’t a good enough reason not to do something. I had the best of times with the coolest of people, regardless of the base miles or lack thereof I had accumulated.

got sick a lot.

learned:

  • the body is innately intelligent
  • what stress looks like
  • how to care for myself over and over again through queezy tummies, sniffles and sometimes tears of frustration
  • vegetables are magic
  • sleep is a savior
  • patience is paramount

found my love of camping.

learned:

  • sleeping outside is probably the best place to sleep
  • so much can be done with a rope, a tarp and a dream
  • nothing beats the taste of mountain house mac and cheese after an adventure-filled day

ran 80km across the grand canyon and back.

learned:

  • you are not allowed to camp near the canyon without a permit
  • sleeping beside the highway in a tent is not relaxing
  • there is such a thing as too much salt
  • there is power and strength in great friendships
  • to measure success by savoring every minute not in the minutes it takes to get there

visited Mongolia and ran through the Gobi desert.

learned:

  • 6 toenails for any one person is plenty
  • yaks are beautiful creatures
  • camels make the best faces
  • how to forgo a toilet
  • I still get car sick, especially in jeeps bouncing on a desert “road”
  • there is beauty in the simple life of running, reading, eating, sleeping and repeating
  • friends willing to run through the desert with you are no longer friends, they’re family

rediscovered my love of swimming.

learned:

  • after many kilometers run and some lingering aches and pains, the pool is like a chapel
  • floating is a legitimate hobby

rediscovered my like for cycling.

learned:

  • it’s just like riding a bike
  • that the first bike ride after what seemed like a lifetime can be a mountain climb
  • the feeling of blazing through the wind on a freedom machine is like no other

signed up for ironman Canada 2014

learned:

  • don’t go watch your dad and awesome friends do an ironman without thinking you’re going to sign-up for the next year
  • the human spirit is incredible
  • aerodynamics are sexy
  • 9pm is a reasonable bedtime

discovered the word “and”

learned:

  • I don’t need to choose sport or work or art or family
  • I can choose sport and work and art and family

illustrated for 1thing gratitude app

learned:

  • the daily practice of putting pen to paper
  • gratitude matters and so do I and so do you

joined a swim club.

learned:

  • there’s a 5:30 in the morning too
  • how to put my swim suit on in the dark
  • the smell of chlorine is actually refreshing

read Atlas Shrugged.

learned:

  • saying "it’s too long" is not a good answer to why I stopped reading it the first time
  • the power of book clubs and accountability
  • working hard and railroads are the coolest
  • who John Galt is

swam 100x100.

learned:

  • anything can be done in sets of 10 with great people

reflected.

learned:

  • there’s an important place for acknowledgment for what we’ve done and where we’ve come from before blazing on to the next thing

Happy 2014 my friends

Love always, with ink marks on my hand, compression socks on my feet, and a heart bursting with excitement for what’s next

 

Laurel

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