This post brought to you by New Year’s Eve cocktails. Bourbon cocktails with Dry Sparkling Soda, to be exact. Unfamiliar with Dry Soda? Get familiar. Seriously.
So 2016 was, well, not my favorite year for running, if we are being honest. And as an election year, wasn’t my favorite either. But I’m kind of over thinking about and sulking over things I cannot change, so let’s move forward. Time to take 2017 by the horns!
In 2016, I started the year thinking I’d double my mileage and hit some PRs across the board. Yeah… no. I mean, I started off with my typical Lake Effect Half Marathon race and felt overall okay. I thought my training leading up to the Pittsburgh Half Marathon would be promising. I did PR at the Shamrock 8k, which is crazy. I figured I could land another one at Pittsburgh but not so much. You win some, you lose some.
A month later, I ran my cousin’s first half marathon with her. I had traveled to Nashville to spend time with my best friend and J. I got a new job (new-ish, just a different role at the same company). We closed on a house. And I decided to sign up for another marathon!
I’ve learned what my body cannot do, but also what it can. I’ve grown up more, but let’s be honest, I’m still not an adult. Most importantly, I’ve discovered what I want in life, what’s important to me, and who matters.
I’ve no longer kept trying to make relationships work that simply don’t — from friendships to my hobbies — and channeling my energy into ones that do. Honestly, if there’s one resolution to make yourself for the new year, I suggest this one.
Stop trying to make pieces fit together that are sucking out your energy and draining you of endorphins. Put energy into what makes you happy and what gives you energy. It’s the best.
Here’s to 2017!