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Retrospection on 2012, Plotting 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My 2012 was dominated by my keen awareness of my son being offshore, keen awareness of my sister in law's illness, and my need to deal with my response to these two items.

I used the athletic outings and training for them as my ways to cope with a worrying / anxious nature. It really does help to be active. I feel better, as though I am *doing* something when I run, or swim, or bike, or even go for a walk. And there is something about the rhythmic activity and breathing that allows for meditation / prayer / processing of those feelings, and for thinking through problems. And as each of the events started, I invoke those two names as my inspiration to complete them.

A really great aspect of 2012 was the contact with several real live Spark people... I shared some time in real space with Mary (Love_2_Laugh), and with Becky (KaliGirl), both of whom I met for the first time in 2011. I ran in some of the same local events as Deanna (Hot4Fitness) who had talked me into my first half marathon in 2011. I look forward to seeing her at some point in the 2013 event, too.

In 2012 I met for the first time in real space Marsha (Slenderella61) when I traveled to Florida where she lives, and got as a bonus to also meet Monty (Mirage727) and his wife D (DSSecrets), and made a special side trip just to meet Debra (Debra0818) whose blogs I adore.

In 2012, one of my Spark blogs got featured for the first time (The Mud Run Story) and since then several have been so honored. That was rather heady, but I've survived it.

In short, 2012 has been a great Spark Year... and now comes the time to be planning for what kind of year I would like 2013 to be.

I hit a wall when I began to think about "what's next" prior to that Women's HM in Florida in November. I dragged my feet and refused to make a decision before I got home. When the Lincoln Marathon sign ups came around, it all came clear for me, and I have my anchor athletic goal for 2013. At this point, I have no desire to line up more than just that one.

Why? Because I have a tendency, I have learned, to commit to one bridge too far. This in turn results in burnout, and reversals. So for now, one single athletic goal: complete a full marathon, 26.2 miles, on May 5, 2013. I am already starting to train for it. If I run any events between now and then, they will simply be events that fit into the training plan and become a part of it.

My hope for 2013 is that it be a simple, unexciting year. I think I'm ready for that. emoticon Happy New Year to us!
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  • KANOE10
    You had a great year. How fun to meet Spark People. I know next year will be another wonderful year for you.
    1970 days ago
  • CONCHA77
    Wow, you did have a exciting year, didn't you? I enjoyed watching you through all your challenges in 2012 and will cheer you on for the upcoming New Year in whatever you decide to do. HAPPY NEW YEAR! You have always been a inspiration for me and I know you will continue to be. Thanks.
    Hugs and Health.
    1970 days ago
    You had an incredible year. Picture you with just
    1 major event. But you made a great pick.
    DD signed up and will be running the HM,
    while her DH runs the FM with the SDNG.
    You may just meet her in the throng of runners.
    Happy New Year!
    1970 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2012 8:17:11 AM
  • MAGGIE101857
    You have had an amazing year! Simplicity sounds wonderful, doesn't it! May the new year keep your son safe, keep your running legs healthy, and bring you all that your heart desires!

    Thanks for being part of my life! emoticon
    1970 days ago
    But--You WILL make it an exciting year Barb!--I know yu will!-Hugs to yu too my friend!-Lynda emoticon
    1970 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad your personal year was so fabulous, full of accomplishments! Its seems to me training for a full marathon would be all the goals one needs in a year -quite the journey to the finish line that is going to be!! Looking forward to how you motivate yourself to achieve it :)
    May the New Year finally bring your son home safe and sound permanently.
    May the New Year be all you wish it to be!
    1970 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    One of my friends said "good riddance to 2012" and I thought, boy, I don't feel that way at all. I'm very eager to start a New Year but plenty of great things happened in this year, too. You had a fabulous 2012 and a great anchor for 2013, so what can we do but Spark On!

    It's going to be great....

    1971 days ago
    Sounds like a plan not to plan too much, which is perfectly fine. Allows some freedom to pick and choose. I say go for it.
    1971 days ago
    It's good to have a goal and also to try to not over do. Good luck with your training.
    1971 days ago
    Simple and unexciting are good. I'd like a year like that, too.
    1971 days ago
    emoticon I'll be running the Pittsburgh Marathon the same day. Just finalizing my training plan as I type.
    1971 days ago
    I'm with you, hon - I much better with the doable that still requires a stretch, than I am with the over-extended "What was I thinking when I put in for this" chaos. Sometimes the food buffet ain't the only place I can overload my plate with options, lol...

    Happy New Year, Barb! If you take a trip to Merrie Olde, you'll find the welcome mat is out. And if I get to Nebraska (which you know has long been on my list) I'll be sure to catch up with you.
    1971 days ago
    That terrible need always to be accomplishing more and more and more and pushing myself just that little bit too far: yup, I can relate to that.

    On the other hand, using exercise to help me process emotion/anxiety and even blue periods: yup, that works well for me too!

    So: finding that balance of challenge to keep myself busy enough but not too much . . . sounds to me like your 2013 plan has it nailed!
    1971 days ago
    You have had so much going on in 2012! I hope 2013 is the year of relaxation, accomplishing some goals, and simply focusing on being the best "you" that you can be. Sometimes I over plan too and end up burnt out. I know that having your simple goals set, as the year progresses you will refine and maybe add others later. Who says we have to plan out the whole year on the first day?
    1971 days ago
    You really have had quite a year! So much to be proud of. Your "simple" plan for next year is very impressive! I don't set challenges for myself. Well, other than maintaining this weight, which is challenge enough, I suppose! Wishing you the best in 2013. I know you will achieve whatever you set out to do.
    emoticon emoticon
    1971 days ago
    I absolutely wish you a simple, unexciting 2013, and also best wishes for your son and sister-in-law.
    1971 days ago
    I hope 2013 is everything you want!

    1971 days ago
    You are taking a wise approach! Wishing you a happy, healthy, blessed, abundant New Year. HUGS
    1971 days ago
    I know what you mean about taking on too much. I seem to have that habit as well. I must learn to pace myself better in 2013.
    1971 days ago
    Praying for your son and SIL.
    Be blessed as you train for the marathon.
    1971 days ago
  • DALID414
    I remember The Mud Run Story. It was the inspiration I needed to get back into Sparking!! Thank you SO much! It means a lot to me, as most of your blogs do, Barb.
    1971 days ago
    Simple and unexciting sound good to me!
    1971 days ago
    Smart lady!

    Here's to a wonderful, fit, active 2013. If I were a betting woman, I'd bet you'll end up signing up for a number of other runs before and after the May Marathon though. emoticon
    1971 days ago
    Doing something, what a great idea.
    Sounds like your 2012 was a good year.
    Best wished for your son and sister-in-law.
    Hope 2013 is good for you also.
    I have declared my year of 2013 to be the 'Year of Doing'.
    1971 days ago
    Wow! You did have an amazing year. I am looking forward to reading about your journey to the marathon in May!
    1971 days ago
    Great plan and goals for 2013. My prayers are with you, DS and SIL for a better 2013. emoticon emoticon
    1971 days ago
    You've had an amazing year, here's to an equally amazing (if not even better) 2013.

    Best wishes with your dreams and goals emoticon emoticon
    1971 days ago
    What an amazing year you have had! I am reminded that it is important to get OFF of SP sometimes and get to the "doing" part of the journey as well as the "being" part!

    Congrats on your personal, physical, and spiritual progress. So glad you are being recognized for your great work. More exposure so your story can inspire others.

    My 2013? Still contemplating what it will be, but this I know for sure -- More Sparking and more reading of your Blog as well as checking out Debra0818 and her Blogs. "Adore" is a heartfelt word so I must see what is there that you adore.

    Best of 2013 to you! Since we are so close in proximity, perhaps we will meet sometime this year! Happy Lincoln Marathoning as well!

    I wish you an exciting but uneventful year! emoticon

    Blessings and joy to you!

    GinaBug emoticon
    1971 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2012 12:02:05 PM
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