January 3. And 2012 has already been kind of a jerk.
Between costly car repairs, an equally costly error in Comcast billing and what seems like a broken heater in my apartment, I've been less than impressed. But I'm not going to let it ruin the whole year. There's some great stuff coming up this year, and I'm not going to let some shit in the first few days get me down, even though it has been stressful.
So far, I've gone to the gym and done something active all three days of 2012. This is a good streak. I have already ran 3 times the number of miles I did last January (which, in case you were wondering, was only 1- ha!). This is good.
Running is going to be so fun this year. Now that I know how to handle the weird things my legs sometimes do, I want to do races all the time, just because they are fun. Right now I'm signed up for a 4-race winter run series (which starts 1/14) and I'm hoping to do the January Neilson run here in town - it's a 2 mile run held on the first Saturday of the month.
I also signed up for a half marathon that I hope I will be able to do considering it is in Michigan - but it's not until fall so I have plenty of time to figure that out. I think it will be pretty cool to do the Detroit Free Press Marathon - Half because for part of it, you run into Canada! Now I just need to find another springtime half so I have something to train for in the immediate future. If anyone has any springtime suggestions, let me know.
Even though I have lots of runs (and maybe a triathlon or two) planned for 2012, I feel like so much of the year is up in the air. Unlike 2011, when I traveled to 12 different states (outside of Colorado) and one other country and had at least one plane trip each month of the year for what I called 12 months of trips, in 2012 I don't know when I'm traveling next for sure. I have a lot of places I want to go, but I need to figure out how to make it happen first!
I have some other things I want to do in the near future, like learn another language and participate in a winter reading program with the local library, and I really have no doubt that 2012 can be and will be great. With this being a leap year and being an Olympic year, I'm excited about everything that is coming up and I hope you are too! It's a good, good life.