by firebirdrunning | 9:02 pm

I can’t deny that 2017 has had its ups and downs. It was started with me finally achieving my goal of a sub-three-hour marathon and a marathon win. I then shifted my focus toward training for and racing the Gorge Waterfalls 100k. I got hurt a month before but I raced anyway and did well. In the spring months, we moved to our new home in CDA Idaho. There were many long days getting our house ready for the rest of our family to move up but it was fun. I was mostly recovered from my Spring injury when I found my legs again in the fall. I decided to run the Hayden marathon this October and had a performance that I didn’t think I was capable of. I got a job doing what I love at Fleet Feet and continually enjoy working with the community. It has been a great place but I miss good friends back in California. I have a few big races planned this year which can see my full 2018 race calendar at the top of the page. I have other goals or resolutions for the New Year. I would like to share some of them with you.

Polar bear plunge: I think this might be a one and done but I will be making the leap on the first into the cold waters of Lake CDA.

Read: One of my favorite things to do was read books. My favorite was biographies of missionaries. But lately, I have found it hard to sit down and finish a full book.

Be published: I have a side passion for writing. I like to write short articles and If I get some good ones written I would love to send them to as many outdoor/running magazines.

Become a coach: It is no secret I love working with others and this has been a dream of mine for a long time.  I would like to make it happen this year.

Live in Sunshine, run in darkness: No matter what is happening I hope to always be there to give hope and inspiration. Committed to being the best that I can be means wasting no time when things get tough. Long nights and hard work here I come.

Mantras/Quotes.

This is some words to live by as I go into the Year.

“Never trade health for fitness.”

“live by your instincts and not your excuses.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  Theodore Roosevelt

“Just seize every opportunity you have, embrace every experience. Make a mark, for all the right reasons.” Chrissie Wellington

These next three are especially for running.

“I never go into a race expecting to win, but I do go in expecting to fight.”  Chrissie Wellington

“The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.”

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” —Harper Lee

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