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Across the Years and New Years Eve

IMG_0376I spent New Years Eve day volunteering with my sister at Across the Years.  ATY is a 24-48-72 hour race from Aravaipa Running that attracts ultra runners from all over the country, and even a few other countries as well. Those running the 24 hour race can choose which day they want to start their race.  But most choose the Monday start to experience the New Years atmosphere.  Which is where the name comes from.

IMG_0377The volunteer shift was from 8-4 at the aid station.  We saw runners from all three races come through all throughout the day and kept them fed, hydrated and as happy as we could.  We served everything from egg burrito’s to sushi to grilled cheese sandwiches.  And the vegetable lasagne was quite the hit.  After running upwards of 200 miles in some cases, the body tells the runner what it needs and wants.  You never can tell what it will be so the kind race coordinators try to have a little bit of everything on hand.  And cater to all diets including vegan and gluten free.

IMG_0382Families and crews of the runners set up tents and tables all around the course to keep their runners fed, clothed and rested.  The course is a one mile loop around Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers spring training facility.  We were able to walk the course with a guest bib and it really was a simple, pretty loop around the various practice fields.   There was a remote aid station about halfway around and we saw some families and crews with RV’s that chose to setup camp on the side.  It was another AMAZING event by Aravaipa Running.

IMG_0384The day just FLEW by and before we knew it, it was time for the next shift of volunteers to take over.  The rest of New Years Eve was spent cooking my first ever prime rib (a HUGE success) and watching a Newsroom marathon on HBO.  What can I say, we are party animals.  We celebrated on East Coast time and went to bed.  However, we did see Arizona midnight when the GUNFIRE freaked out the dogs. In NC, it was fireworks.  In AZ, it is gunfire.  Everyone settled back down eventually.

How did you spend your New Years?  2013 Goals coming soon!

2012 Goals in Review

I set several goals for myself in 2012.  I even wrote them down.  One of them was to keep a journal, which is where I wrote the goals. But that is where the journaling stopped.  But here they are, along with the progress I made.

1.  Run Outside More – Less Treadmill.  Well, I have to say that I hit this one out of the park.  Once we moved to Phoenix, the treadmill had to be an option when the temps were in the triple digits.  But overall, I ran just shy of 700 miles (NOT the results I wanted, but better than 2011) and only 128.7 of them were inside.

Image 10-9-12 at 8.13 PM2.  Increase Mileage.  Overall, yes.  I ran more in 2012 than I did in 2011.  But I had hoped for better mileage.  I did discover that I do WELL with running twice a day.  And would much rather do two short runs than one long one.  Go figure.  And I increased my “short” runs from 3 miles to 4 and 5 miles.

3.  PR 5K.  HELL TO THE YES!!!!  I knocked quite a bit of time off my 5K PR and broke my 30:00 goal.  I ran a 28:27 and am VERY VERY happy with that.  This AWFUL picture is what it looks like to PR a 5K.

IMG_02324.  PR Half. I made one attempt at this in February and failed.  Miserably.  But I had a great time with my sister that day.  Later in the year I decided that I didn’t want to race the 13.1 distance and I am still VERY ok with that!  I DID PR my 10K time by over 4 minutes, I think.

5.  Spend Less.  I have to think I did better with this or we wouldn’t have had the money to hire people to pack and move us.  Or the money to move in general.  So I am saying this was a success.

IMG_03486.  Stop Stockpiling Food.  I thought I was doing better with this.  Especially with the big move. But I cleaned out the cabinets last week and the results were poor.  It will be on my list of goals for 2013 as well.  I just can’t resist a sale at the grocery store!

 

IMAG0254(1)7. Spend Time with Dogs.  I don’t think this is exactly what I meant. I work from home. I am with the dogs all day, every day.  But rather I meant walk them and play with them more.  Walking, yes there definitely has been more of that.  Playing, not really.  I seem to get injured when I play with the dogs.  So walking will have to do.

Overall, not bad.  I will be setting (or resetting) goals for 2013.  Did you set goals for 2012 and how did you do?

2012 Books

One New Years Resolution a few years ago that stuck was to read more. While I didn’t hit my 2011 total of 20, I did read 18 books in 2012. You can click any of these to view the Kindle edition on Amazon. Here they are:

Friday: Blog News

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Friday was spent in the house.  Except for my run. The hike on Wednesday was a bit hard on the knee, and I could feel its effect on my run Friday.  But run I did.   I LOVED my new New Balance top (thanks Sis!) with the thumb holes and the leggings/tights I received in my PB Body box.

Run: 3 Miles / 31:34

BIG BLOG NEWS!  I am moving to my own domain name and a self-hosted site.  It is mostly setup and things went fairly smoothly.  I am attempting to have WordPress move my subscribers, but if you could have some heart and go to the new site, I will love you forever.  Just in case.

WWW.THEKIDLESSKRONICLES.COM

You are awesome, thank you.

So that was how I spent most of Friday.  Working on the blog move.  And lets be honest, playing Bejeweled Blitz.  Then I made delicious Jambalaya.  And there was a request for brownies.  Which will also become Saturdays breakfast.