Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope you all have been enjoying yourself and the time spent with family and friends. As I sit here early in the morning I could not imagine when 2012 started that at the end of the year I would be where I am today. I have to say that this has been the year of the unexpected and when I look back on the “body of work” that was 2012 I realize that it was an insanely crazy year.
First, though, is seeing if I accomplished the goals that I set for myself. Below are my abbreviated goals and what really transpired:
1) Ideal running weight: I don’t think I accomplished this but after really looking at what “ideal” means I think that I am at that weight. I have maintained a weight for almost the entire year and even during a marathon training schedule.
2) Run seven half marathons: Does running a full count for two half marathons? I had no intentions of running a marathon this year but by mid summer had been talked into running the New York City marathon (which really turned out to be the Richmond marathon). I ended up running only 4 of the 7 halfs (ING Miami Half, New York City Half, Nantucket Half, Runners World Half), but I also ran a half relay with my wife in West Virginia. I am happy with my running body of work this year even though I didn’t run 7 half marathons.
3) Trail running: I ran my first trail race in 2012 and finished in the top 10. I also wiped out twice. All in all it was awesome. I ended up running trails a whole lot more in 2012, due to part of my marathon training course being 3 miles on the trail. I have more access than ever to trails in my new city and I hope to continue this in 2013.
4) Yoga, Yoga, Yoga, Yoga: Didn’t take one yoga class in 2012. Fail.
5) Enjoying the run: Accomplished. I ran a marathon this year and had no goal other than to enjoy the experience. No time to hit. No PR to chase. With the New York City marathon canceled I went down to Richmond and ran with my #runchat partner David. What an amazing race and experience! I am in love with the “mid-major” marathons. I finished and crossed the finish line feeling that I accomplished my goal.
So, goals aside, 2012 was nuts. Below is a fast forwarding version of what happened:
March- my wife and I decided that if we could make it work with current jobs we would relocate to Denver. My grandmother passed away, survived by my grandfather who is 99.
April- we made the decision to not resign our lease in New York City and move to CT until we decided where we would buy our first home. We started to travel to Denver frequently to look at homes. Our relocation from NY to Denver was in full motion.
May- our offer on a house in Washington Park, Denver was accepted. Our plan was to renovate the 1930′s bungalow and move into our new home in December.
June- we closed on our home, finalized our plans with the architect and told family that Catherine was pregnant. But my mother in law was battling breast cancer.
July- I lost my job. We canceled the Denver project and rented the house.
August- I decided to run the New York City marathon.
September- After a summer off and contracts for some blogging work expiring it was time to aggressively look for a new job.
October- still weighing job offer options, Denver is in the cards as well as staying in NYC and moving back to the city.
November- I find the perfect match and just in time as Catherine was getting very pregnant. I took a job in Boston and within two weeks had found a house, moved and settled into our new home in Wellesley.
December- We are settled in our new home, Catherine is 7 1/2 months pregnant, mother-in-law continues to battle and get better, our Denver home is rented to a fantastic young couple, I have a new job that I love.
It is amazing to look back and see the path we took to get here. I do believe that everything happens for a reason and in my case it has. I am happy to close the 2012 chapter and look forward to 2013!
How was your year? Did you accomplish all your goals? What was your best running memory of 2012? What are your big plans for 2013?