Running Into A New Year

Now that it’s 5 days into the new year, I’ll post about my New Year’s Eve. :p Better late than never, right???

I was fortunate to be able to get out of town for a few days to celebrate the New Year. I spent the first part of the week in Sunriver, OR with my grandparents, mom, and 2 younger bros…Brandon didn’t come, sadly…he wanted to work on the house. Such a responsible husband! New Year’s Eve is a doubly exciting holiday for our fam because it’s my youngest bro, Coby’s, birthday. He turned 15 this year and when I asked him what he wanted for his b-day, he said money. Boooooooring! So, to make things more interesting, Mom and I decided to hide his birthday money and send him on a scavenger hunt to find it. Brice thought we were dumb, and when we asked him to come up with a clue to lead Coby to his money, he came up with, “Look in the microwave.” Some clue…clearly he’s not as fun as we are. Turns out, Coby felt about the same way about the scavenger hunt idea as Brice did. He thought it was lame and would have rather we just handed him the cash. Well, buddy, it’s your birthday and we plan to have some fun! 

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Coby with his clues and cash stash.

New Years Day, I got up bright and early to head to downtown Bend for a run. CORK, a local running club, was hosting a New Year’s Day fun run through Riverbend Park. Dad was planning to run a 5k up in his neck of the woods, so we agreed to send each other pictures  so neither could back out when our beds felt warm and cozy. :p Plus, I got some new Nike drifit running gear for Christmas and was anxious to test it out. Whatever it takes to get yourself up and out, right??

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The verdict? Great! The pants are super comfy and the pullover keep the wind out.

When I got to Riverbend Park, I ran into a family friend, John. He played church league basketball with my dad when I was little and I’m good friends with his daughter, MaryBeth, while Brice and his son are buddies. John’s tall and a great runner, so even though we started out together, he pulled ahead pretty quickly. The weather was beautiful for running…really cold, but sunny. It didn’t take long into the 3.5 mile race to warm up. I haven’t run since the 5k I did in September, so I was a little concerned about whether I could run the whole distance. The scenery kept me entertained, though, and took my mind off my cramping legs and burning lungs.

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It was nice to get out into the fresh air and sunshine and just soak it in. I didn’t do any deep thinking or soul searching or anything, but I pictured the run as a way to set myself up for a great 2014 – celebrating all the work in 2013 that got me where I am today (or where I was on New Year’s Day). In 2013, I ran (“ran”) my first half marathon – something I never expected to even be able to attempt, went through training to teach spin classes and now have my own Cardio30 class, cleaned up my eating habits with the Nutrition program, and have pushed myself out of my comfort zone physically and personally …all things that lead to me being able to make the choice to get out of bed on New Year’s Day, drive to a park by myself to run with people I don’t know and have never met (except for running into John), and run 3.5 miles just because I can (not because I got a t-shirt, because I didn’t, and we all know that’s pretty much the only reason I ever run). 

To top off the morning, I took my sweaty self to a coffee shop to meet my friend, MaryBeth and catch up. We don’t get to see each other much, so I try to get together with her when I’m over in Bend or Sunriver. It was great to start the new year connecting with friends, getting a little run in, spending quality time with family, and celebrating 15 years of Coby Drew.

Brandon was productive with his New Year’s too. I came home to a lovely, crackling fireplace! Image

One step closer to a real living room!!

And one more pic for the road, just ’cause.

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There are no words.

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