Friday, December 22, 2017

New Year's Resolution Update: Running 2017 miles in 2017

The boys celebrated Chris's 21st birthday again!

Showing off his bling!  Collin's basketball team won a weekend tournament that left him all smiles.

Cooper finished off the basketball season and shared a hug with Coach Abernathy.

We did it! 2,017 miles in 2017!

It was near the end of last December when a string of texts circulated around my running group.  One friend tossed out the idea of running 2,017 miles in 2017.  Perhaps because some of us had engaged in a few too many holiday indulgences with disappointing scale results, we were game to run—a lot.

Running a lot and running 2,017 miles is quite a difference; we would learn this fact over the course of 12 months.  We realized that from our Midwest homes to the sandy beaches of California is roughly 2,017 miles.  Geography has never been my strong suit, but that seemed far.

Right away, I struggled with self-doubt.  My track record for keeping New Year’s resolutions certainly didn’t boost my confidence.  I’ve made 25 vows in 25 separate years to “eat healthy.” These resolutions lasted roughly two days and always ended with me clutching a bowl of greasy potato chips with a side of sugary treats.  Why did I expect this New Year’s Resolution to be any different?

Nevertheless, we all pushed fear aside, and focused on the commitment made to our friends.  On January 1, 2017, we laced up our running shoes and stepped outside to complete our first mile.

Over the course of the next 12 months, we logged an endless string of miles.  To reach our goal, we needed to run an average of 39 miles a week.  Some weeks, these proved to be an easy feat, while other weeks we struggled to reach our mileage.  The important thing to note is that we stayed the course.

In mid-December, we completed a six-mile run that pushed our yearly total to exactly 2,017 miles in 2017.  It felt like a monumental moment.  It was the realization that every single run and mile had contributed to something big.  It was the celebration that we had not waivered from a goal.  It was the acknowledgement that maybe we had it in us to actually complete a New Year’s resolution.

As I reflect back upon the year, I think about all the miles, 
but more importantly I remember the friends who accompanied me on the runs.  For over 2,000 miles, I had the privilege of sharing life with the most amazing group of women.  We dove into every topic under the sun, from the meaningless to the meaningful.  Through every step, we grew as friends. I realize that the most important thing was not reaching the mileage, but the journey it took for us to get there together.

With our goal completed, I’m already thinking about my New Year’s resolution for 2018.  Perhaps this is the year I will eat healthy, but running 2,018 miles seems like an easier goal.

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