This has been an incredible year! On so many levels and in so many ways, this has been one for the record books.
Got rid of my car for good. That's right I don't own one anymore. I ride my bike or run everywhere I go.
Left a job in the industry I had been working in for almost 25 years.
Finished my Endurance Fitness Trainer Certification.
Had a heart attack.
Lost approximately 50 lbs.
Agreed to start a youth running program for "At risk" kids in the local community.
Made a commitment to organize and run a fundraiser for the local youth health center.
Ran constantly over the last couple of months in preparation for the 24 hour treadmill run in January 2009.
Got a new niece.
8 months later watched video of her taking her first steps.
Finished one of the books I had been working on Decide.
Those are just some of the highlights. It has been a full year and one where I come to the end of it and say; I am so very grateful for the life I have! I am grateful for my family, my friends, my health (the fact that I am here at all), and everything else in my life. I am completely one hundred percent GRATEFUL.
The one thing I'm really grateful for though is running. When I had my heart attack it was a very strong heart (from running) that saved my life after a blocked coronary artery. When I needed to lose weight and get myself back on the path to great health and vitality, it was running that allowed me to achieve that goal. When I needed solace from the stress of life, running provided that outlet.
Running has given me my life back and it is now my business and as such I cherish every moment that I have to run. Running is not someting you have to do... it's something you get to do.
A quote from the book "Running and Philosophy":
"It was not my thinking that allowed me to run, rather it was my running that allowed me to think."
I believe that about sums it up for me. Because of running I am clearer, more focused, less stressed, incredibly healthy and vital.
So at this time of the year, as you spend time with family and friends, enjoy yourself and remember that your good friend running will be waiting for you when ever you return to it and it will stay with you for the rest of your life!
Have a Merry Christmas!