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Don't look back on 2011- focus on thriving in 2012.

Posted Dec 23 2011 12:00am
I enjoyed my early morning run today.  I reflected on the past year and decided that it wasn't the best year to date.  December 2011 started out with a 50 miler that I felt fairly good about.  Mid December my girls and I were in a car accident and left the 3 of us pretty banged up.  The day before I left for my 6 day stage race in Costa Rica in late January,  I fell while running down a scree covered trail and tore my shoulder and my triceps. Leading up to Costa Rica had me feeling really fatigued and my Doctor said that my labs were off.  My Lupus numbers were climbing.  I was hoping for a good race there, but God had other plans.  Then in February, one of my daughters started having health issues and the stress from that was all consuming.  In April, I had my shoulder surgery and my running came to a shrieking halt.  The rest of the summer had me hiking and enjoying sitting at the dog park with Jada and all my dog park friends.  My left arm was soft and weak.  In June my other daughter had surgery and was battling some health issues also. Life was not happening as I had planned.  All the races and vacations that Matt and I had planned had to be cancelled.  My 100 miler in France (UTMB), that was to happen in August didn't happen because of my shoulder.  It was a very stressful year and I am glad that we are beginning a New Year in 2012.
  I feel better and I am looking forward to a great year. I am happy to say that I have won 2 of the three 50k's I have run in the last two months.  I am planning some adventures and excited to do some different races this year.  I am starting to think of a resolution that I can keep that will propel me in a positive direction.  Life is starting to look up.  Merry Christmas to all of you out there and I hope your 2012 is filled with everything good.  I have to remember to not look back- I'm not going that way!
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