Closing the books.

So, the year has ended. We have all moved on.

I had the opportunity for one final trail run before the end of the year. It was great to get out in the milder temperatures and enjoy my favorite trail to end the year on a good note. My thoughts on 2018? It was a year that made me feel grateful and blessed.

I took the time to take stock of all of my experiences from the past year. I had some very high highs, and not too many lows. I am very happy with my accomplishments, but I know there are things I still need to work on.

I was also happy with my mileage at year end, since I had dealt with an injury in the fall.  I have learned what my body can handle, and how to listen to my symptoms.  Every year it seems that I gain a little more understanding on how to treat myself better.  I want to be able to swim, bike, and run for many more years, so I have to be smarter. I have to be kinder to myself.

I know the things that make me feel good: trail running, swimming, praying, and smiling.  I am going to focus on those things, and look for joy every day.

I had set a crazy mileage goal, and I sure came close, within a hand full of miles actually.  But, work picked up, and life was nuts the last two weeks of the year, so I let go of my goal and just enjoyed the time that I had.

The things that I need to work on in 2019 are mostly personal things; things that I’d like to improve upon as a wife, mother, and friend.  I haven’t really set any fitness goals as of yet, I’m just taking everything in and enjoying having the kids home before school starts up again. Lazy mornings of sleeping in, eating donuts, drinking coffee and such.

I am going into 2019 the same way I have entered into the two previous years.  My goal is to do more things that make me happy, and to do less of the things that don’t.  Pretty simple, really.  I’m pretty sure that there will be much more trail running and a lot of swimming coming my way.

As my late father-in-law used to say, “Enjoy life.”  Thanks for those words of wisdom, Joe.  I will do my best to enjoy this life that I have been gifted with.

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Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.

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