The weekend before Christmas through New Year’s Day seemed to pass so quickly. Making new recipes, spending time with family, Jason and I each battling the stomach virus and racing the John Rudy 5 Miler meant I didn’t really take time to reflect on 2018 and post about it until now. In looking at the year as a whole I realized there was an underlying theme throughout most of it – I found a lot of new in the old.
In 2018 I found a new appreciation for non-fiction books. This took my old love of reading into a new world. It began when I read Damian Echols’ biography, Life After Death. Suddenly people’s individual stories became as interesting to me as the historical fiction and fantasy based books I had always loved. I was not good about keeping track of all the books I read, but George Carlin’s “Last Words” stood out as did Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential“.
Jason and I traveled to Ocean City, Maryland again in 2018 as I’ve done every year since I was born except 2013 due to taking our first cruise. Rainy weather caused us to discover a new nearby town to explore, Berlin. We chose to take my parents to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park for my dad’s birthday, a place that we’ve known about for years but had never visited. We took a long time interest of ours, tiny houses, and created a new adventure by actually staying in one. We not only loved the tiny house, but the town of Lititz that we visited while staying in it. We are still finding new stores to explore when we venture there.
I found a lot of new in the old related to running this past year. An old Reebok jacket that I’ve had since college, possibly even high school, obtained a new purpose. It was always just a casual lightweight jacket to wear in the spring. It has now become my go to running jacket for windy or rainy conditions. I’ve come a long way in learning how to dress for the conditions compared to last year when I first signed up for the York Winter Series. I still wear plenty of old clothing including running tights I wore in high school, but I have since added Under Armour cold gear items including new tights and a long sleeved top my mom bought me for Christmas.
I ran more races in the past year than I’ve ran since I was in college. Some of those races were old in terms of I ran the courses in the past, but because it had been so many years and because I am a different athlete now, they felt new again. This included the EBACC and Quarterback Club 5ks. The White Rose 5 Miler was an old race with a new course. Those 3 old races combined to form a new series, the 717 Series. I trained on a lot of my usual routes, but for a new half marathon – Hands on House.
If I were to summarize running in 2018 with one word it would be strong. I was fortunate to run injury free all year and the majority of my runs were good ones. Every race I finished faster than my goal time and continually surprised myself. My self confidence grew as did my mind-body connection. I learned to appreciate active recovery days and the benefits of regular foam rolling.
For 2019 I’m working to finish in the top 3 of my age group in the winter series. I’m trying to incorporate at least one lower body strength workout into my week. My running group has been talking about running a half marathon the first weekend in May. I have been focused on staying consistent in my training and including a run longer than 6 miles now and again to be ready to train for that half. I have a goal of breaking my high school 5k personal record. I want to run the Hershey half marathon in the fall. Running goals aside, I would like to keep to my goal of writing at least one blog a week. I have been able to manage this for a month now, so I’m hoping the habit sticks even through the chaos of track season. Jason and I plan to visit Ocean City and Berlin again and also New Orleans, a new trip for us. I look forward to continuing old enjoyments while having new experiences.
Was anything old made new for you in 2018? What are your running goals for 2019? Do you have any travel plans set yet for the new year? Do you have any good book recommendations?