"Lisa's Amazing Year" is how my mom has dubbed 2012. In 2012, I marked my five-year anniversary at my primary job (the longest I have ever stayed with one employer), blasted past my goal time in my first-ever stair climb race (35 flights!), adopted a cat, took on a second job, ran a 5K for the first time in years (I have been doing them for a while now, but this is the first one where I ran the whole thing), trained for and ran my first-ever half marathon, celebrated my 10-year wedding anniversary, and then surprised my family when I told them I was graduating with my Associate's Degree on December 15 after secretly attending classes online off-and-on for nearly five years. My brother and I also ran a 5K together for the first time ever, even though we are both runners. No wonder my mom calls this my amazing year... I have accomplished a lot! The way I see it though, I am just getting started!
We also lost our dog, Gypsy, who had been with us almost our whole marriage. After her passing, we filled the empty whole in our family with our new love, Gunner.
The American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in Indianapolis
I had hoped to finish in 30-35 minutes (up to one minute per flight), but you can see I blasted past it in half the time at 14 minutes, 16 seconds. This year, I plan to do three rounds for a total of 105 flights of stairs!
Cici came to us at about 4 or 5 years old from a home where she was unwanted. They did not even feed her cat food, but made her eat whatever the dogs did not want. It did not take her long to decide she ruled the roost in our house!
My dad died of pancreatic cancer at age 57 in 2003, so it was fitting that the first 5K I was able to run every step was the PanCan Purple Stride race to fight pancreatic cancer. I felt the spirit of my dad cheering me on with pride. He was at every one of my cross country races in high school and I knew he would be proud of me for working so hard to run again after all these years.
Our beautiful Gypsy, only the best dog ever. She came to live with us at five years old until her passing at age 14. She will remain in our hearts as long as they continue beating.
I was so proud of myself for finishing a half marathon -- running the whole thing, no less -- that I could not smiling like crazy in spite of the wicked pain in my ankles!
As soon as I got home from the half marathon, I took my shower and rushed out to Animal Control to complete the adoption process on this handsome little boy, whom we have named Gunner. Here he is sporting the spiffy new coat his loving grandma gave him for Christmas.
Ten years with this man and I still can't get enough of him, even though he has a way of pushing every button I have.
Graduation Day! I never really believed I would see this day, but just like finishing a Half Marathon, I finished my degree just one step at a time. Today, I have an Associate's in Criminal Justice from Indiana Wesleyan University and no matter what I do (or don't do) for the rest of my life, NO ONE can EVER take it away from me. After completing this degree, I feel like I can do anything because this is the one thing that always eluded me, the one thing I thought I could never do. BUT I DID IT!
My brother and me at the Santa Hustle 5K. I teased him mercilessly in public, saying I ran the whole thing while he had to slow down and walk. The information I did not share was that he had walk because he is physically incapable of running slow enough to stay back with me.
Ah, but it does not matter because we had fun.
Here is to even more amazing things in 2013!