I tend to be a fairly optimistic person. No, I'm not always bright, happy and cheerful, but I think I usually look for the silver lining and try to see things in the most positive light possible. With that is mind, let me tell you that 2011 sucked monkeys, right from day one.
On Jan. 1, 2011, I broke up with the guy I had been dating for nearly two years. It had been coming for a long time. It was a long distance relationship, and we both decided enough was enough. That same day, I came down with an inner ear infection. I was so dizzy I couldn't drive back to Columbus. By the time that eased up and I could drive safely, I had missed the first few teaching days of the new quarter.
And things went downhill from there.
Looking back at my facebook postings, etc., I kept giving 2011 chances. I really hoped things might turn around, but they didn't. The big thing is the health problems that have plagued various members of my family. I've spent most of my time since Feb. 2011 driving back and forth between Rochester and Columbus so I could help out my family as much as possible.
Having said all that, 2011 wasn't all bad. In fact there were some really good things about 2011. On January 8, 2011 I went to my first MIT (Marathoners in Training) workout. Signing up for MIT is definitely one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I fell in with the "Lucky 13s," and very quickly made friends with some incredible people. I would have never made it through this past year without you guys!! Through MIT I ran my first half marathon, and racewalked two more halfs. I got to be a mentor for the No Boundaries program this fall. And now I get to be one of the pace coaches for the MIT walk group.
Another good thing about 2011 - the two little monsters that have joined my family. Since I'm going right back to Rochester next weekend, I left the two kittens with my mom, and I can't believe how quiet and empty this house seems without them! Even Mickey is missing them!
So as we go into 2012, I'm cautiously optimistic. Every year is a mix of good and bad, and I know there is some bad looming on the horizon for my family, but I hope that this year the positive outshines the negative.
And did you notice? I did it - I changed the name of the blog to "RaceWalker Moose." I'm a racewalker now, and proud of it, so there you go.