Well, I don't want to start this post on a negative vibe but: 2010 can kiss my ass.
This year has been a year of suck in a lot of ways. Getting engaged was amazing and happy and I had a few good running moments but other than that, not so much. Jumping almost straight from the craziness of a work/school double-life into a ramping up of my father's illness in February, his death, my mother's really bad illness and almost inability to function for a month prior to and after Dad's death making an already stressful situation almost unbearable, the defection of my sister at the same time Dad was dying leading to the family being chopped in half and dealing with the aftermath of it all really took a toll. I didn't really realize all of that until just recently when I am starting to get some more distance and perspective of it all. It's funny how you can still experience grief and anger when you don't even really miss the people. Oh, and there's a little guilt for not really missing the people. It is one of those things I didn't really understand until I had been through it. Unfortunately it is something we all will know someday. However, things feel thawed again and I feel like a lot of that turmoil and sadness is over. I just want a drama free 2011.
But on to happier things, the goals from 2010. I didn't hit as many as I wanted but I am glad they were out there because they kept me more focused than if they weren't.
5K PR - Done! At the Top Pot Doughnut Dash in April I ran a 29:14
Half-Marathon PR - Done! The following week at Eugene I ran a 2:21:56 which killed my previous PR.
Run at least 650 miles - Fail! This is the only one I am beating myself up about. There is no good excuse for not hitting this. None. I ended the year on 511.65 miles. Pathetic.
Lost a minimum of 40 pounds - I knew this was a stretch goal and would be challenging. I did lose 20 but some have crept back on. I haven't been to WW in awhile so I don't know how many (I can't remember what the home scale said at my lowest weight) but I think put on at least six so I am guessing my total yearly loss is 14 pounds. Once I head in for a weigh-in next week I will post the real number.
Visit one new place in state - Probably the easiest on the list and it was a fail. Never got anywhere new this year.
Visit one new place out of state - This was a success. We hit McMinnville, OR and also saw huge swaths of Colorado I hadn't seen before.
Travel outside the country (offer excludes Canada) - Success! Big tickets purchases are hard for me to pull the trigger on and if I didn't set this goal I would still be waffling on where exactly was the perfect place to go.
Drink more - We drank more wine than we purchased (I think) but we definitely hit our yearly 52 bottle total. We consumed 58 bottles. Thanks to two friends we had over in January for some over-imbibing for helping us reach for the stars.
Complete 40 hours of volunteer time - Only completed 14 hours. Does time spent helping your parents out count?
Take four different classes - I took two: a 10 week yoga program and East Coast Swing.
Really learn 10 new entrees or side dishes - Yeah, I kind of gave up on this right away last year. I need to break my toast or sandwich for dinner habit. I get home so late that I don't much feel like cooking dinner and we are frequently gone or superbusy on the weekends which doesn't leave much time for cooking.
So there it is, the goals that were. I have been mentally compiling my 2011 list and am eager to post it once I get it all sorted out.
Here's to a new year! And a huge "thank you" to my friends and loved ones for putting up with crabbiness and general out-of-sortness this year. 2011 will be a better, brighter year.