I was asked this morning what I thought of 2017. I had to really think about it for a few seconds. So many awesome things happened for me in 2017, it was a year of personal growth and clarity on many levels. On the other hand, it’s also been frustrating and a challenging year for me.
2017 was full of running PB’s, a new low weight and the most fit I have ever been with the addition of an awesome fitness and nutritional coach Corey and weight training into my routine. I had the opportunity to go on an epic bike ride with an Norco Optic with Mountain Bike 4 Her out in my old stomping grounds on the north end of the island. I was featured on Chek News about my transformation and running, which was super fun! Having the opportunity to share my story with the Special Olympic athletes was an amazing experience. I share my story in hopes to inspire others that they can make healthy life choices and that it’s never too late to change – that day I saw that in their faces, to inspire is one of most magical parts of this journey.
Personally, going back to school and studying at a graduate level was something I never imagined I would do or capable of. This experienced opened my perspective and provided me with the clarity to learn more about myself and what my passion is in a professional setting. I learned I do not want to be a health coach which is an interest to mine, but not a passion. Through my leadership studies I learned that my focus on relationships and the importance of building relationships in the work place is an area that interests me the most. In 2018, I will be starting another graduate certificate, this one will be in strategic HR management. The most surprising part of the educational experience was how much I love being a learner and recognizing how much personal growth comes from doing things that take you outside your comfort zone. I am also so grateful for all the amazing new friends I have from my leadership studies.
In 2017 I started a new role supporting the President at RRU. I knew this role would come with some challenges with less flexibility with my schedule, but the change was a much-needed change for me professionally, so I have now regrets. However, what I didn’t expect was how much not having a second vehicle anymore would impact me now that they work days are less flexible. This is where the frustration comes in for me with this year. It’s been increasingly harder to fit in all my runs, my weight training and almost never getting to yoga anymore. Cycling every other day has made me getting home much later which makes getting to yoga almost impossible and I am often too tired to then turn around and head out for a run. This has me feeling defeated and super frustrated. A car payment again doesn’t really fit in our budget now, so I need to continue to try and figure out how to work with this new schedule. Not being able to keep up with all my fitness has impacted my mental health and happiness so it’s something that I will continue to work on in 2018.
I am ending 2017 with so much gratitude for all the life experiences, highs and lows. I am constantly amazed at how much a person can grow and change over the course of a year. I am looking forward to my fitness goals, educational growth and continued personal growth in 2018. 2018 brings lots of running for me. I am doing the full Vancouver Island Running series, the Oak Bay Half Marathon and then in October I will finally run my first full marathon at the Victoria Goodlife. I am so excited for what I will learn from each of these races and so thankful to my running friends who have all jumped in to offer to run a marathon again to be there to support me. This is a huge time commitment for no only us runners but also our families, so I am forever grateful and remembering that I couldn’t do this alone. I will also be taking part in my last Tough Mudder in Whistler. I may consider doing one again at a different location, but I am feeling like this year will be my last for the TM Whistler.
The last two weeks of 2017 I gave myself a bit of vacation from my schedule, I will do my first run of 2018 on the 1st but it will be the first run in over a week. I have some weight to lose again to get back down to my fittest, but I am not worried about that, it’s all about balance, and for me that meant I needed to back off for a bit and give myself space and rest. I always struggle in December, I recognize that and did try to challenge myself to stay active through the holidays to try and help with my holiday blues, but it didn’t work. LOL, I “checked out” but it was a conscious decision and nothing that I can’t get back after a few weeks of being back on my usually routines.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2018 brings you all health and happiness!