Happy New Year!! I’m already starting 2017 off strong by belatedly publishing a Year in Review post…
After not having plans as late as Friday, I actually ended up having an amazing time with friends from school! On my way home from work on Friday afternoon, my friend invited me to randomly road trip with him and some other teammates back to campus. We left around midday on New Year’s Eve and ended up with quite an eclectic assortment of individuals for this last-minute rendezvous. But it was a blast. We all woke up this morning a little worse for the wear and went on a coffee run and a fun walk before driving back. After which I promptly had to do my long run… (did 11 miles, bunions killed me, it’s ok)
Anyway!! Time for some self-centered running-related reflection– don’t mind me. 2016 was probably the most life-changing year of my not-quite-20 years so far. Starting in…
- Moved back to school for freshman year spring semester. Started running longer workouts. We had a few snow days, and I ran my first long run on the treadmill! Raced my first ever mile.
- PRed in the 3k. I turned 19! My peroneals continued to act up.
- Came home for spring break. My family moved to a new house while I was at school, which was very weird. PRed in the 3k again! I also started to drink coffee, which would turn into a minor addiction that would continue for several months…
- Oof, April. It started strong with a 3k and a 4×1500 and really strong workouts…then I got bronchitis for a month, had to take prednisone, DNFed for the first time, and started struggling a lot with mental confidence and body image. To top it all off, I went through some crazy drama with my closest college friends. BUT I got to see the Chainsmokers in concert! Ate lots of nut butter. Attended my first athletic awards ceremony at college.
- Had the opportunity to race the 5000 at the outdoor conference championships! Finished spring semester and moved home for the summer. Made the Dean’s List! Started my first summer job. Developed an obsession with avocado egg toast 🙂
- Started ramping up the mileage and working many hours. Traveled to California to visit family and climb mountains. My aunt got married! Spent a lot of time outside going on fun dates and hanging out with my friends.
- Ran and worked a lot. Ate more ice cream than I’ve ever eaten in my life…and developed an intolerance. My roommate came to visit! Got a little crazy/intense about training and eating…yikes.
- Ran 60 miles per week for the first time! Body started really complaining about the higher training workload, and I experienced tiredness/moods that I never had before. Went on a fun training trip with my teammates. I got to see Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson in concert, and I moved back to school for sophomore year!!
- Started my first college cross country season in uniform with a strong two-mile and followed it up with a dreadful, scary, heat exhaustion-filled 5k. Realized I was overtraining and chilled out a bit.
- Lots of fall activities. Hard work started to show– huge PR in the 6k, made the travel squad for every meet, and made the top 7 for regionals! I went through my first break-up…not fun.
- Southeast Regional Championships went okay individually and terribly for the team. End of cross country. Spontaneously cut my hair off! Came home for Thanksgiving Break! Broke my dentures. The second half of the month was very weird mentally– I did not feel like myself.
- Continued to not feel like myself, but took steps to try to rectify it after a few scary instances. Finished fall semester and came home for winter break. Started an internship in DC. Started training for track!
So that’s my year. There are tons of important things that I am forgetting, but oh well. I haven’t made any concrete resolutions for this coming year, but these are some things that have been floating around this head of mine:
- Practice being a better listener, as well as being more direct and saying what you mean to say.
- Focus on developing real, meaningful relationships, as opposed to maintaining virtual connections via Snapchat/other forms of social media.
- Gratitude journal before bed every night
- Try to contribute positively to at least one person’s day, every day, even through a small action such as holding the door or smiling at them
Happy New Year 🙂