Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t written here in a year!
I guess the old saying is true: Time flies when you are having fun.
2012 has been one freaking amazing year for me.
It saw so many good changes and accomplishments.
I mean, I really don’t know if I can describe fully how wonderful this year was.
Day by day in 2012, I became happier and happier.
Where do I even start?
In March, I went to CA for the first time ever. I saw my aunt, uncle and cousins I hadn’t seen since the late 1980’s. It was so great to see them again, and it felt like we had always been in touch. They welcomed me with open arms and it was an instant reconnection. I loved seeing them again and really want to make anothe trip out there at some point. I dont want to let 20+ years go by again.
In June, I felt like I need a long weekend away. Work had been really busy and crazy with this refinancing we were doing, and since the hard part was over, I needed a breather. So I went to Puerto Rico for 4 days.
It was wonderful! Warm, but not unbearably hot. I stayed at this little resort area. There was so much to do there, that you didn’t have to leave the grounds. Yea, I did a few day trips, but there was more than enough to do at the hotel.
I even worked out while i was there. There was a gym at the hotel so in the mornings and evenings i would go for a bit. Some mornings I even went for a short run and then came back and had breakfast. It was so peaceful and I came back relaxed.
I’ve been back and forth with my weight loss. I really wanted to be at a lower weight by now. At one point, I gained some weight during marathon training too.
But at this point, there is no use dwelling on the past. I know what I have to do, and I plan on doing it.
My biggest highlight of 2012 though was completing my first ever marathon!
Now, if you know me well, you know why I am so excited about that!
Completing a marathon was something I always thought was out of my reach. I never thought I was good enough for it.
But i saw my friends doing them, and I wanted to be like them.
So I decided to train for the NYC marathon!
This is a huge, fun, and exciting marathon. It’s a big deal here.
I started the “real” training at the beginning of July. There were a lot of sacrifices; giving up for a while some things that I liked to do, but i had no choice.
I’ll admit, a few times I wanted to say “F**k this running” and stop training. I felt like it was all I was doing.
But I didn’t give up.
Then I noticed my running was changing. Changing for the better!
I was getting slightly faster, and running longer without walking.
I think this gave me a ton of confidence, which in turn made me think differently about running.
Since I was getting better at running, I started to become more and more excited about the marathon.
As everyone probably knows, the 2012 NYC marathon was cancelled due to Hurrican Sandy.
To say I was heartbroken was an understatement. I was so disappointed, but at the same time, I understand why they canceled it.
I was sad to wait another year to do a marathon, but also grateful that I was not really affected by the storm.
THen my friend told me about the Philly marathon on Nov 18th and how they opened up 3,000 lottery spots for the NYC marathon runners!
I applied, and got it! I was so damn excited again.
I went to Philly the day before the marathon to go to the expo.
I picked up my bib and it all became real.
Me, about to do a marathon. Omg!! 🙂
Long story short, the marathon went great! I finished in 6 hours, 23 minutes.
I saw that finish line before me, and thought I was gonna lose it! I started to tear up. 🙂
I crossed that finish line, and cried!! I was overwhelmed with the fact that I actually finished.
6+ hours later, I was cold, tired, sore and happier than all hell!
That was my crowning moment of 2012!
One of the proudest days of my life!
I have so much more to say about 2012, so I wll do another post in a few days.
For now, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2013 be everything you hope for.
So, 2013 I tell you this: you have a lot to live up to! 🙂
2012 was an amazing year. Hopefully 2013 will be even better!