I 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.
The 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.
Families 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.
The 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!
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.
2. 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.
4. 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.
6. 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!
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?
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.
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.
First and foremost, I ran. I am sticking to my short and slow for this week. Well, sort of. It was short but it wasn’t really slow. And just like Monday, there was no pain but I can still tell that things aren’t quite completely healed. So maybe that HIKE in the afternoon wasn’t such a smart idea. That was where I could feel my knee saying, “please stop.” My knee is so polite.
Run: 3 Miles / 32:50
Hike: 2 Miles / Kiwanis Trail (picture is the view from the TOP of South Mountain)
So, in between the run and the hike, I decided to clean out the cabinets. WTF? I thought I had stopped stockpiling food. But really, I have not. I threw anything away that was “expired” and it could explain why my sisters birthday cupcakes were a big, fat failure. Everything is gone, cleaned out and looking better.
I will do a recap of my 2012 goals (and results) next week, but I already have a new goal in mind for 2013. Hike all of the South Mountain trails. Now, some are short and I could do them right now. Some even shorted than the Kiwanis Trail. But there are a couple that are LONG. And I mean 14 miles long. ONE WAY. So those longer ones may have to be done in sections. But there are 33 in all and I think it is doable!
In addition to actually hiking (or running) the trails, I will do a write-up on each one. And in the Phoenix area, once I am done with South Mountain, there are plenty of others to choose from (North Mountain, Squaw Peak, Camelback, the Estrella’s, the White Tanks, etc).
Food went something like this: Egg sandwich, coffee, a little bit of leftover sausage dip and tortilla chips, a piece of crack (cinnamon) toast, chicken breast with ranch for dipping and veggie mix.
I have more updates for you on the projects I made for Michael, the trail review and what arrived in my mail on Wednesday. Those are coming soon.
And now I can tell you about the holiday projects I did for Michael. The first one was to take a map, cut it in three pieces and mount it to three pieces of canvas using Mod Podge. And then you use pins to show all of the places you have been together. It wasn’t hard to do, although I did get a little nervous cutting the map. We will put it up on the walls once we have our own house.
Christmas Day, we headed over to my parents house for gifts and breakfast. Then we all took a break to get cleaned up and take care of dogs. We went back over in the afternoon for an amazing dinner (ham) and we watched Ted. I thought it was pretty funny.
I have a couple of great new running tops, a new light for my bike, lots of gift cards, some new makeup etc. I DID run on Monday and while my knee/quad didn’t hurt, I could still tell it isn’t quite right. My plan for the week is short 3-milers and see how things feel.
How was your holiday? Anyone hitting up the after Christmas sales?