January was a tough month for me. I ran. I ran long. I ran hills. I ran high mileage weeks, but it was more struggle than success. I think part of my lack of motivation and my lukewarm attitude was NOT looking back and NOT having a named goal to look forward to.
Looking back, 2016 was one of my most exciting running years to date. Here are the highlights.
- Running alongside one of my closest friends, as she crossed the finish of her first (and not last) 50 miler in Tillamook, OR.
- Running my first and NO WAY near last 100 miler (surrounded by not one but four of my closest friends). Proud to be one of the 82 finishers. Proud to be one of 22 female finishers!
- Running Lookout 50 on my 45th birthday. This year it was a crazy weather day: rain, fog, and drizzle. I placed first in my age group. Happy Birthday to me. 🙂
The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.
Looking ahead to 2017
- (April) Leona Divide 50 in Green Valley, CA. The race start is 1 1/2 hours from LA, 30 minutes from Palmdale (where I was born). 46 MILES on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT). Should be SWEET.
- (September) Mogollon Monster 100 in Pine, AZ. As of February 2017, only 5 women are signed up. Should be an adventure. Cannot wait.
- (December) Lookout 50? or Stillhouse 100K?
- (TBD) My coaching website!! This is a lot of work. I am excited.
It is important to look back.
Look back because you aren’t the same person you were one or three or five years ago and that alone is worth realizing. Look back because there might have been feelings that you once overlooked that now make perfect sense. Look back because maybe, just maybe, there is something worth revisiting. And look back because you deserve to be incredibly proud of how far you’ve come.
-Morgan Scoyne “How Looking Back Will Help You To Move Forward”
I’m ready to look forward.
My goals for 2017 are part destiny, part legacy, and part discovery.