Hey remember that time that I used to have a blog that I regularly updated and such? Yeah, I can barely remember that, too. This year got away from me, and that was mostly in really great ways. The idea of sitting down at my computer to write a blog post up just didn’t seem like a lot of fun, so I didn’t do it. But right now, it feels right so I suppose I’ll continue.
Part of the reason I kind of fell off the face of the planet was because running has not really been a big part of my life lately. One of the reasons why I started blogging was that I wanted a place to kind of track that whole progression. The marathon was great, amazing, etc., but after I was finished, I just didn’t really feel like running much.
I really respect people who can run a marathon and jump right back into running after a week or month, but that just wasn’t me. I didn’t suddenly start hating running or anything, but it just didn’t feel right. I no longer was jealous when I saw people running while I was driving. I wasn’t excited by running in the way I used to be. So I basically have taken a nice long hiatus from running. Like year long. I also was ready to just be Caroline, not necessarily Caroline the Runner. I love that identity, but it’s not my only one, after all.
Instead of running, I pursued a lot of other things this year. I took a dance class that really challenged me mentally and physically. I rediscovered my love of reading and read so many books this year. I started to figure out what I want to do as far as careers go and made some plans for the future. I worked really hard in school and spent a lot of time studying. And I’ve had a really great year.
Now, I fully intend to one day get back to consistently running. This past week I went for a short, little run and actually really enjoyed it. Maybe I’m ready to jump back into it, but for now I have no consistent plans or goals besides enjoying the exercise and movement I choose to do. I feel like I’m able to make a healthy choice either way, and for that I am very thankful. Running will always be there for me and I’m incredibly grateful for that.
For now, this is all I have to say. I might do an update on things that I’ve been up to or that I’ve learned this year (or maybe not). Either way, Happy New Year, and wishing you the best this holiday season!