The last few months of 2013 were rather rough. It started with a relentless cold, that turned into a sinus infection, that turned into bronchitis. It was immediately followed by a wicked, never-ending, antibiotic-resistant virus, and finally one more sinus infection.
This was probably the first "off" season that I really took off. Towards the end of December, I started finally feeling like myself again. We visited some family in Chicago and for the first time, in a long time, I was able to breathe during a run. I was so happy to have my lungs back that I didn't even care that I was inhaling 7-degree air. In fact, after avoiding it for my entire adult life, I realized that I loved the snow. OK...I love it for a short visit. But, if I could run in snow, it means I can run in anything and be a runner anywhere. Figuring that out, as a I frolicked down the sugary white street, was very liberating. I felt free. I felt like a kid again.
As for my kids, they were not as thrilled or as awed by the experience. They liked the snow for the first minute they saw it - but that ended with a blood-curdling scream the second they touched it.
We are back in the desert now and running is slowly returning to me.
I feel sluggish and stiff.
I am still mustering up the will power to get back into the pool. I question how I ever convinced myself to swim all winter last year.
But, I am sure I will figure it out again and I am excited about 2014.
My goal is to travel, do races in other states, and step outside of my comfort zone.
At the very least, I will be able to do it style because I am now a proud ambassador for Coeur Sports! Aside from the cute clothing, Coeur is a company that gives back. A percentage of their profits goes to charity and I love being part of something that is bigger than myself. The other girls have fantastic attitudes and their excitement has made me excited.
I am also part of the TriScottsdale Elite Racing team this year. It will be fun to meet new people, get to know familiar faces a little better, and push myself a little harder.
I am hoping for a PR in 2014, at this point I will settle for one in ANY event - but regardless, it's going to be a fun and stylish year!