For some reason, Christmas, more than New Year’s, makes me reflect on the year that is coming to a close and look ahead to what the future holds. This year, as the naughties draw to a (fake) close, I have a lot to reflect on. My job status is changing, I spent three weeks in the hospital and am now in recovery from an eating disorder (not specified, for those of you who are keeping track, and I’ll write more about this later since it deserves more attention than I’m prepared to give it today), and I had many training adventures, not all of which ended successfully.
But now it’s time to close the book on 2009, which is something of a relief. It hasn’t been a kind year, and I’m hoping that 2010 will be better. So to get the ball rolling toward positivity, I wanted to briefly run through my goals for 2010. These are not resolutions, just things I’m hoping to accomplish, or at least come close to accomplishing. So, without further ado:
- Run four of the five Grand Prix borough half-marathons. Depending on scheduling, the fifth and skipped half will probably end up being Staten Island, just because I don’t want to deal with traveling out there.
- Run the San Diego RnR marathon and either the NYC marathon or the Philly marathon. I was in the hospital this year for Philly, but wouldn’t have been able to run it anyway (see above: eating disorder). This year I’m hoping to get back on track with two marathons, to make up for what I missed. It’s not that the hospital wasn’t a lovely place to be, but it did make me sad that I missed my big event. Also, I want to start working toward running marathons in other states. Maybe even trying to run one in every state. Or at least some major running event in every state. Or at least most states.
- Get these eating issues under control and maintain my weight in a healthy way. This is, obviously, a pretty vague one, and it’s hard for me to say how exactly I will do this. These “eating issues” have been around for a long time and they will take a long time to overcome. But as long as I can find myself working toward control rather than slipping backward, I think I’ll be in good shape.
This is just a start, obviously. I don’t want to put too much on my plate, after all! But I think this is a good start and hopefully this will be the foundation for a happy, healthy 2010.
Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope the season brings you joy and love!