I started the year by running a 5km Resolution Run with my wonderful husband and partner, whom I lovingly refer to here as The Captain. It was our first official training run for the half marathon in which I had already registered us... and we ran, finally, on May 13th... Mother's Day. It was awesome. It was horrible. It was so exciting. I recall every moment of the 2 hours 56 minutes and 36 seconds it took me to complete it.... and most of the 8 or 9 hours of cramping I agonized through after because I was dehydrated and salt-depleted.
We decided in the Spring not to move back onto the sailboat when our house/kitty sitting gig ended in May. We rented an apartment in the city and spent many many weeks selecting just the right furnishings and decorations. It was a labor of love and we have created a cosy little urban nest with a container garden for some flowers and vegetables... right across the street from a beautiful city park full of rabbits, squirrels, turtles, herons, peacocks, gulls, geese, and ducks of all kinds. We have become urbanites and love it, a lot. We have a heated outdoor pool and I am learning to swim. We walk everywhere.
I have let my hair grow longer for the first time in over 10 years... wore it short the whole time we were living on the sloop because it was so much easier. And I am investing in some girlier clothes again now that we are in the city. I have gained a few pounds and am no longer quite so skinny.
I continue to search for some answers to some health issues that puzzle me. I have experimented with different fitness related activities... yoga, strength training, tabata circuit workouts and really enjoy working my muscles to exhaustion. I still love to run, and to golf and walk and hike, and yes, sail.
I have made some great blogger friends and done promo work with terrific brands and agencies. I am enjoying this aspect of blogging immensely. I am thankful to have won some great giveaways and have had the opportunity to try out some things I would never have bought for myself, too.
Looking forward to 2013, I am embarking on yet more new adventures... I am starting a new food plan, a Whole 30 Paleo Challenge that I will be writing about, from time to time. I am also going to participate in the New Year New Rules Challenge... food and diet have always interested me but now I am delving further as I continue to search for health answers through nutrition.
I am going to take on a part time job - will tell you more about that down the line - and I am looking forward to that a lot.
I hope we will find some bicycles to purchase in the Spring. We are planning to join a neighborhood lawn bowling league in April. It's strictly for fun and socializing. I want to swim more, golf more, run more, strength train more, walk on the beach more.... and stay healthy to keep enjoying the life The Captain I create together every day.
I hope 2013 brings great things to you, too.