Monday, December 31, 2012

My twelve notable things from 2012

Today many are looking back at 2012 and reflecting on what the year has brought. I had a great year and now I’m looking forward to what’s in store for lucky number 2013. I’m not a fan of resolutions, but I have set some personal goals for 2013. I also decided to make a list of 12 notable things that happened in 2012. Turns out, 12 things is a lot. So forewarning, the list gets more ridiculous as it progresses.

1. Helped encourage Chicagoland women to be a part of the inaugural Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K by being one of the faces of the race.

2. Completed my third half marathon after developing a running injury.

3. Learned to swim, the proper way.
4. Completed my first triathlon.

5. Celebrated 5 years living in Chicago and working with my company.
6. Got a promotion at work.
7. Learned to sew. This is something I have always wanted to do and now I can’t stop.

8. Celebrated the 1st year anniversary of Black Girls RUN! Chicago running group, and attended the inaugural Black Girls RUN! race in Atlanta.

9. Invested in a DSLR camera to capture all the even better things to come in 2013!

10. Stepped into the modern age and upgraded my flip phone to a smartphone. Thank you Google Maps App, I will never be lost in the city again.
11. Got out of 4 pricey parking tickets through the fine art of letter writing.
12. Avoided buzz cutting my hair with the help of box braids.

Ok, the last few are really a stretch. But the list wouldn’t make much sense with 8 things, now would it? Make a list of your 12 notable things from 2012 to reflect on all that the year has brought you! Have a happy and safe new year!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wow, it's Christmas! Let's celebrate

Well, there was no Apocalypse on Friday. Thanks for the let down, Mayans! Though I am happy that Christmas is only a few days away and that there will be a New Year! I gifted all handmade Christmas presents this year, and even handmade some Christmas cards . . . albeit this one turned out a little crooked.

After much turmoil in deciding my first race of 2013, I decided to run the Commitment Day 5K on New Year's Day. This will be my first official race since my triathlon in June and my first winter race. I'm really hoping for decent weather!

I haven't yet decided how to celebrate and welcome in 2013. Do you already have a New Year's Eve party planned? Get creative and make your own mini party hats! Here's wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

5K fever - Back to where it all started

I had pretty much abandoned running 5K races officially. The last 5K race I actually registered for and ran was the St. Paddy’s Day 5K in 2010 (I walked my favorite fundraiser, the Chicago Lung Run 5K in 2011). The idea of going through all the prep, getting there, parking, checking gear, and not to mention paying $35 bucks or more to run such a short distance wasn’t really appealing to me anymore. My thoughts were that if I were going to pay to run a race, it would be a distance longer than 5K.

It may be that it’s been so long since I’ve registered to run a 5K, the distance has become interesting to me again. I planned to run a 5K last weekend, the Schiller Chiller, but ended up double booking my schedule and did not participate. Now I’m looking at running a 5K in January. Kind of a wild idea.

I would love to participate in the Commitment Day 5K on New Year’s Day 2013. It’s a neat idea to run with thousands around the county making a commitment to live a healthy lifestyle. But again, it will be in January . . in Chicago. I’m not exactly thrilled about running outdoors during that time of year. The high on New Year’s Day 2012 was unseasonably warm (44 degrees), so it is possible there will be tolerable weather conditions. It’s also possible there will be a blizzard! Is it worth the risk of being completely miserable on race day?

There is another option to race a few days later, the Warm Your Heart 5K on January 6, 2013. It’s indoors! I’ve never run an indoor race. I wonder if it will it feel like a P.E. class in a high school gym? I’ve run on a small indoor loop track once as a last resort. It turns out that running in a small circle is not that enjoyable. But this race is a single loop through a massive convention center, so it might not be so bad. Either race will be a different 5K experience than I’ve had in the past. It will be nice to run a 5K again for fun! I can enjoy a race without dedicating training time needed for a longer distance. I have to make a decision soon; the New Year is right around the corner!
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