Every year-end, I swear the calendar year whooshed past faster than the prior. 2011 was no different. As I reflect upon the passing year I aim to set the energy for the one to come much like it did in 2010 when I chose HEALTH is my one-little-word for the year.
In 2011, I did not set the energy ahead of time. I’m not sure why. In reading through my posts from the year I find that the theme of 2011 was PATIENCE. Numerous set-backs, injuries, illness, and other hurdles tried to interfere with me having Boston — but I modified my goals, my training, and my lodging plans. In the end I got to enjoy the fruits of my labor and celebrate the race on my terms.
After Boston came more set-backs, injuries, illness, and hurdles. I took a break from running for 6 months (with numerous attempts and fails in returning to running). Patience came later. I filled my time with cycling — training for my 1st century. But even with that, I was impatient. I did not like being slow. I did not enjoy struggling to climb the hills. Fortunately, I persisted and, after a good deal of time, I saw improvement.
I also took up yoga, discovered how much weaker my right lower extremity is from my left. The difference is staggering, especially in balance poses, and it is the one area where I struggle with patience. Which brings me to 2012.
In 2012, I want more stability and strength. I want BALANCE — and so that will be my one little word for this coming year. And I figure, why wait until tomorrow to start working on it…
Why NOT end 2011 with a little balance? What better way to kick off the new year than by ending the current one “on the right foot” — literally and figuratively?
Happy New Year everyone!