Wednesday, January 2, 2013

13 in 2013

I am looking forward to this year. I ran my first 5k a few years ago, when I weighed nearly 200 pounds. It was tough, but I did it...and then I didn't run again! A year later, after running had been a lingering thought in the back of my head and I had lost a significant amount of weight, I decided to run again. I'd go out once in a while, sometimes fairly regularly, but I wasn't really diligent. My girls and I ran a powerpuff 5k together and then I ran the Joplin Memorial run. It was great, but again...I quit. I had this, almost constant, internal conversation;

'I wanna be a runner. I am a runner. I can't be a runner. What run shall I do next? I can't, I'm not diligent enough. Good grief, I'm always thinking about running. If I am always thinking about it, I must really want to do it. Why don't I?'

I know, right? Crazy! Well, it is time to get diligent about this running thing that I am diligently pondering. I have officially joined 13 in 2013! I am excited to have made this commitment. I am going to run a variety of 5k races this year...13 of them! I do wish I had gone out on January 1 to break the new year in with a race, but I didn't.  It isn't too late for you to join and it doesn't have to be a 5k. Whatever race you prefer, how about doing 13 of them this year!?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A look back; 2012. A look ahead; 2013.

I smashed 2012, literally! My smash book is nearly complete. I need to get a bunch of pictures printed and added to the book and then it will be done! Yay! 


Ahava Genevieve Sheafer
Reflections ~ 2012: girlfriends and Florida (Keegans Grille, Ghirardelli, 4-seater surrey, hot tub hairy-man, Landry's,.....amazing!), I turned 40 and found out that I was going to be a granny (awesome!), I almost lost my husband (so thankful for paramedics and LIFE), HCM Gala, Pennel family vacation at Monkey Island, Grace and Hannah ran their first 5k with me, I ran the Joplin Memorial, my kids went to prom for the first time (thanks to the 'Toddards' :) for their friendship!), we had chickens, summer Olympics, many motorcycle adventures...a NEW motorcycle...caught in a rainstorm on our first ride on the new bike!!!, WHOLE conference, cousins White Cloud weekend, swing dance social with my kids, green smoothies, Rangers football....John broke his hand, Brie threw an amazing shower for Trevor and baby girl, Ahava, Eureka Springs adventure with my man, we celebrated our 18th anniversary....Grammie and Grampie celebrated their 70th!!! I held my firstborn grand-baby, Ahava. I learned to love me, simply for me.

A new year ~ 2013. 
**#13in2013....13 5ks of various kinds - mud runs, memorial run, foam 
   run, color run, night runs, etc. I am excited and I look forward to each of them. 
**Yay for kettlebell workouts! I just received my first kb for Christmas and now I am 
  working to purchase more! I am going to work  hard to firm up using kb and tabata workouts! 
**I'm going to support my disc golfers. Chris and John are both playing in the PDGA World 
  Championship tournament as well as others. Fun excitement!
**Read more, mostly non-fiction books that will encourage and challenge me. 
**Capture our life with pictures. I haven't taken many in the past year or so.
**Listen to the "little" things more diligently, because they are really the big things in life.
**Organize my grocery shopping and be more frugal! 
**Family dinner table more often
** I am going to love me. I am a pretty, cool woman. 2012 was a great year of realizing that 
  and I want it to continue in 2013