My Favorite Things

I was thinking of posting some goals for 2012 but then I remember how I did that before and it didn’t turn out so well. Saying my goals out loud pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for those goals and I don’t do resolutions. I’m a believer in making change happen no matter what time of year it is. So let’s just say I do have fitness and eating goals that are already in motion and hopefully I don’t crap them up like usual.

Instead, I’ll talk about some of my favorite things from the past year. 🙂

1. Running the Gasparilla Half Marathon. I felt like crap through this whole race, but it was so well run, the weather was perfect, and the course was beautiful. It’s my favorite half marathon of the 10 I’ve run.

2.  Running the Sarasota Half Marathon. I lived in Bradenton for 20 years, so this race was like going back home. And I proved that you can PR (2:02:41) even when you have to poop real bad the last 5 miles.

3.  Working hard for months and getting down to 17.5% body fat from 23%. I was really proud of that, but then I screwed it up with a downward spiral of cupcakes and beer (not at the same time). Now I’m not sure I want to know what my body fat  is, but I’m finding out next week anyway.

4.  An impromptu cruise to the Bahamas. This trip was booked 3 days before we were due to leave. It was a lot of fun and so nice to get away for just a few days. We did some kayaking and I got to parasail for the first time after a questionable cab ride in Nassau.

5.  Joining my first running group, meeting some awesome people in that group, and training to run a marathon. Then running my first marathon in Savannah. Not a great experience for me, but I finished and that’s what counts. I’m probably most proud of finishing this race. It was hard. It sucked. And I wanted to quit.

Plus, for the first time ever it was cold enough during a race to get those awesome warming covers afterwards. I was so excited for one of those. What are they called anyway?

6.  A short vacation in Vegas with a little half marathon tacked on for good measure. I had a ton of fun in Vegas and this was the first race my hubs ever came to. It may be the last since I was so sick he pretty much had to carry me back to the hotel afterwards.

7.  Running my second marathon and realizing that a race can finally be good. Really, really good.

I’m looking forward to a lot of things next year. Hopefully a vacation with the hubs to a yet-to-be-determined destination (San Fran, Vancouver, and Juneau are at the top of my list), visiting my family in San Diego, and running 3 half marathons by March that I hope to rock the pants off of. Those halves will be wearing NO pants after I’m done with them.

What was your favorite thing about 2011?

What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?

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  1. Ha, you and I sound so similar on the new year stuff 😉

    PS They’re called solar blankets! They are actually used for backcountry survival–I always take one into the backcountry when we go backpacking, camping, or hiking at high altitudes 🙂

    You are seriously a running beast! Maybe I’ll try to tackle more than one half this year.

  2. Okay I thought it was odd that Marine Corps was the first race Brad had ever been to, but I guess I’m not alone!

    You had an awesome year Paula 🙂 Love the pic of you after Jacksonville, you look so happy!

    And are they called mylar blankets? I have no clue

  3. Dang! Look at you! You got a lot accomplished in 2011!! Great year! 🙂

  4. Verlin

    17.5 / 23 – holy crap – I really feel scared straight now. Good for you! I’m with you on not putting the goals “out there” – hope no one I know is reading this – no one but the personal trainer, you and me know my scary percentage.

    • That was in July, tho. I’ll probably be scared straight by my number now! 🙂 I’m sure marathon training has not been kind to my muscles.

      • Verlin

        I’m not sure how you manage to do marathon training and crossfit, etc. without being EXHAUSTED. When they say you sleep better when you exercise, they’re not kidding … but I don’t think they meant at 3:30 in my office. Sigh – onward and upward (unless horizontal for a nap). I’m quite certain that we’ll both by so skinny by Spring that we’ll be FLYING down the roadways. 🙂

        • The 3:30 comment got an out loud chuckle from me. But yes, doing both is exhausting and I’m certain we will bust some 7 min miles in no time.

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  5. You are so going to rock the pants off of those races! Glad you had such a stellar year.

    I’m looking forward to finally becoming unpregnant and feeling my ribs again. Then I’ll hopefully be doing some damage at the Seattle Half in June!

  6. My favorite thing about 2011 was running my first half.

    I’m glad that you enjoyed running Gasparilla.I’m running the half this year and have never been. Love the idea of running during a huge pirate party.

  7. What a great 2011! Hope your 2012 is even better 🙂

  8. OK, here’s where I get mushy and tell you how inspirational you’ve been to me this year. You’ve run when it’s hard, worked out when it sucked, and pushed yourself further than you ever thought you could go. Reading about your dedication and determination has continually made me want to strive harder toward my own goals. You’re pretty hot shit, young lady!

    I’m looking (sort of) forward to running my first marathon in 2012. I’m equally terrified of the same thing, but I think I have a pretty good network to support me through it, so I’m excited! 🙂

  9. I’m mostly looking forward to traveling more around Europe and running the Berlin marathon

  10. I am so the same with resolutions! As soon as I say I’m going to do something, I don’t do it. No resolutions for me, I am right there with you!
    It sucks how quickly a decline in body fat can creep up on you. I worked out regularly all year long and ate MOSTLY healthfully. The past few weeks my workouts have been few and far between, and I’ve eaten like crap. And now I am basically exactly where I started. Ah well. It happens.

    You had an awesome year!

    Oh, and re: pet injuries…didn’t you also accidentally chop your rabbit’s ear off? 🙂 hehe.