I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions. January 1 is an arbitrary date to make a life change, there’s already so much pressure during the holidays, and surviving the winter is daunting enough as is. 

But that’s not to say there isn’t value in taking a step back. It’s important to evaluate where you are, what could be better, and what needs to change. There is always room for improvement. 

Tomorrow is my birthday, so today seems as logical a time as ever to reflect on the past year.

27 started with running, but the running ended abruptly. I ran a half marathon in April, and almost immediately after that I packed my boxes and followed my heart to Oregon. Previous posts have dug deeper into this, but running stopped being a priority for several months. Getting back in a healthy routine has been a slow and difficult process. Worthwhile, of course, but difficult.

So here are my hopes for 28: 
To run with strength and confidence. 
To run my own race, regardless of who else is with me. 
To focus on what my body is capable of and not what it looks like. 
To stop when it hurts, but push when I’m tired.
To finish what I start. Even when it’s raining.
To train smartly and safely. 
To be healthy. 
To be happy.

Here’s to a great year.


Originally published 3/7/13

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