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My 2011 Resolutions: Mostly Successful!
I love New Year’s Resolutions. Like seriously adore them. I get to make a bunch of goals in list form — what in the world is better than that? And then I have an entire year to accomplish them. It’s a brilliant concept, really.
So how did I do with my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions?
Don’t worry. I’m going to tell you, one at a time. But in case you’d like to go back and reference the original “OMG Here Are My Big & Newsworthy Yearly Goals” post, here you go.
Also, let me preface this rundown by saying that I think 2011 was the best year ever. Maybe that’s another post for another day. I am not at all living the life I would have predicted back in January 2011, but wow, this life is so much better.
And now, the recapping of the goals:
I wanted to take a tap class. Ka-pow, I did that! And man did I suck! It’s hard to believe I was a pretty serious tap dancer for something like 15 years, because when I slipped back into the ol’ tap shoes, I had a painfully difficult time making pretty foot sounds. But I was glad I did it. And my time steps are still pretty solid. But needless to say, the tap shoes have been retired.
I wanted to try out Yoga to the People. This is my one big fail. Pathetic, really, since there are multiple YTTP studios near my office, but yoga just wasn’t a priority this year. I’d rather be running. This resolution will carry over into 2012.
I know you’re supposed to either be a Flywheel person or a SoulCycle person, but I loved both studios. Brian even got me a SoulCycle class pack for Christmas, which I can’t wait to put to excellent use. Anyway, I had a great time trying out both spin classes and am glad I accomplished this resolution. Too bad I’m entirely too poor to actually become a member at one of these places.
I wanted to run a sub-2 hour half marathon. I did this, a few times actually. But the best, most satisfying time was my first attempt, at the National Half Marathon.
I crushed my goal time by nearly 16 minutes. I went into that race with no expectations about pace or splits or any of that nonsense. I just showed up in legwarmers and I ran. I loved every mile of that race and flew around on cloud nine for a good two weeks post-race.
I ran three more half marathons in 2011, and finished each race under two hours. This goal was a big-time success and I’m quite proud of it.
I wanted to “not nag ABS about apartment things.” The great news here is that “ABS” and I broke up. For new readers, ABS (I never used his real name on the blog because he asked me not to) and I dated throughout 2010, moved in together at the end of last year and then broke up early in 2011. I was devastated for a few weeks, moved on and eventually — and unexpectedly — met Brian, who is kind of the greatest person I know. So I’d say somehow this resolution is a success. Why not?
I wanted to travel somewhere new. Does Coney Island count? Or perhaps Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx? Not exotic enough for your liking? What about The Hamptons? I had never been there until this year!
So not a huge year for exotic travel, but I got around enough I guess…just not to many “new” places. Oh well. Someone give me some dollars and I’ll travel the heck out of this world.
I wanted to see Becky. Check! Big check! My wonderful best friend got engaged this spring, and as soon as she called me with the news I booked a flight down to Charlotte where she lives so we could celebrate together.
I wanted to read three books. I know, most people probably read three books or more each month. But I knew that wasn’t realistic for me, so I didn’t even bother making such a lofty goal. I did, however, reach my goal of reading three books: Bossypants by Tina Fey (loved it), Girls in White Dresses by same lame chick (hated it, hated it so much) and The Help by the person whose name I forget, but you all know which book I’m talking about (thought it was good, but not OMG so awesome like most people seemed to think). I wish I had time to read more, but what can ya do?
I wanted to hit a “certain number” in my savings account. I did this, somehow. I thought it wouldn’t happen, considering I moved out of my wicked cheap apartment and into a place of my own back in April, but every now and then I’d throw some money into my savings account instead of into the economy, and it ended up working out.
I wanted to complete a marathon. I think by now you all know that yes, I did this. The weekend of the Hamptons Marathon was without a doubt the best weekend of the entire year.
Nothing in 2011 will compare to running my first marathon. I loved the training. I loved the speedwork, the recovery runs and the 20-mile long runs. I loved the people I got to know throughout the process, like Coach Cane, all the awesome people at JackRabbit and, of course, Brian. I loved pushing my limits every single day, and I loved showing up at the start line knowing I had put in the work and was ready to run 26.2 miles. I loved having my family and friends all along the course cheering for me, I loved that I got to run a marathon while raising $20,000 for charity, and I did not love anything beyond mile 13 of the race. I did love crossing the finish line, though. I loved that so much. And I loved the post-marathon wine tasting. That was good, too.
So I accomplished some goals in 2011. I’m pumped about that.
And yes, I’ll be crafting one heck of a “New Year’s Resolutions 2012” post later this week.
It has also just come to my attention that today is Thursday. When I’m on vacation I lose all sense of time and days and all that silly stuff that doesn’t seem to matter.
So, since Thursdays over here are Thankful Things Thursday, I’ll just go ahead and say that I’m incredibly, dearly and tremendously thankful for everything that came my way in 2011.
From the Crohn’s flare-ups (too many), the breakup and the move to the marathon, the seemingly endless PRs early in the running season and the whole “getting to know Brian” thing, this year has turned out to be pretty spectacular. I’m in such a better place than I ever was in 2010, and I’m definitely a stronger, happier person.
All good things, don’t you think?
SO TELL ME: How’d you do with your 2011 resolutions? Big check or big fail? Either way, I think you’re cool.