2016 has been a rough year in a lot of ways. We elected an orange man with tiny hands for President, saw way too many police shootings, and watched a lot of iconic celebrities die. But 2016 wasn’t a total wash. It had some beautiful moments, too.
Normally, I write a “best of” list for each year but I haven’t had time to even think about the best movies, books and songs of 2016. However, I do have several happy little memories of last year floating through my mind.
Like all the times Brittany and I caught sunsets so beautiful they almost made me cry.
And all those runs that left me feeling breathless and grateful.
There was all that unexpected time I got to spend with my mom right here in San Diego.
And my little sister.
There were countless books, movies and real life events that moved me to tears.
Brittany was always there to wipe my tears and hold me.
I also had the chance to coach several runners to PRs and new distances and I felt so incredibly proud of them.
I took a risk and switched careers and now work in marketing for a health food company where I am exponentially happier.
I trained for and ran the Boston Marathon with the best group of girls imaginable.
I ran my first ultra trail race and cemented several friendships along the way.
I faced my fears and spoke in front of THOUSANDS of people at a few Wanderlust 108 events.
And I watched Brittany evolve and grow as a human while also becoming a triathlete this year.
When each year ends, I’m in a completely different place, but a couple things always remain the same – I’m always pretty happy with my life (wherever I’m at) and I find an immense amount of joy in running. Year after year, I write this running blog and I never get tired of it. Running isn’t a phase for me – it’s a huge part of who I am and it’s been a constant in my life for about 12 years now. It gets me through every single hardship while pushing me to be better. It brings me contentment while also making me want more. Running is so much more than running – as all runners know.
So this next year – there will be running. Plenty of it. I hope to explore a ton of new trails and take some running trips to beautiful places around California. I will be leading my first trail running vacation at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico this February, which is a total dream. I am registered for the Chicago Marathon so I can add another World Marathon Major to my list. In between all of that, I will continue to run for the fun of it, as I’m doing right now.
I will also be setting some big, crazy goals for next year. The kind of goals that terrify me and I’m afraid to say aloud. I get anxious just thinking about putting some of those things down on paper. I also know from experience, seeing these things written or drawn out can help bring them to life. So I plan to do just that. Vision board – round 2. My last one came to fruition in its entirety within a year and a half so I have high hopes.
As another year passes, I want to say THANK YOU for reading this little blog of mine. Some of you have been around since the beginning of it all, when it was still ‘Run with Kate’. You have no idea how much that means to me. I truly have the kindest, most loyal readers and I am more grateful than you could ever know. Happy new year to all of you. I wish you the best year yet.