2021 closes out today and what a year it’s been. It wasn’t the year I expected it to be, but it was a year filled with a lot of outdoor adventures.
Let’s recap on some of the things we did this year.
5 National Parks
Death Valley – California
Joshua Tree – California
Grand Canyon – Arizona
Yosemite – California
Haleakala (both parts) – Maui, Hawaii
Crown City Classic 12k – July 3
San Diego Half Marathon – July 18
Balboa Park 8 Miler – Aug 7
Rose Bowl Half Marathon – Sep 26
Long Beach Half Marathon – Oct 10
NYC Marathon (50th Anniversary) – Nov 7, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Revel Big Bear Half Marathon – Nov 14
Horsethief Canyon Half Marathon – Nov 20
La Jolla Half Marathon – Dec 11
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon – Dec 18
January – nothing outside of Cuyamaca/Mount Laguna
February – Death Valley
March – Cuyamaca/Mount Laguna
April – Marina del Rey, Malibu, Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego
May – Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff
June – Key Biscayne (work trip), LA, San Gorgonio Wilderness
July – Bishop, White Mountain, Mount Whitney Portal, Scottsdale (work), Dove Mountain
August – Bay Area, Yosemite including Tuolumne Meadows
September – Pasadena, Newport Beach
October – Nashville (work), Long Beach, Berkley, Maui
November – NYC, Redlands
December – none – we were supposed to go to Petaluma but I caught a horrible cold.
Even though we were able to travel quite a bit, it was a tough year. I lost my run mojo and hit some lows earlier in the year. I was able to turn that all around and have a great last few months of the year but I’ve still got work to do.
I am grateful for all the support I had from partners this year and I created a very successful 12 Days of Runnylegsmas Giveaway series that I’m proud of.
And huge thanks to Sean for helping me to redesign my blog, it hadn’t been updated since I started it in 2014!! I love the new design and am excited to be writing again!
Exercise wise things didn’t go quite as I had planned. I did start to do strength training consistently which I am 100% positive helped me to reach some of my running goals.
I ran the least amount of miles I’ve run in many, many years in 2021, I barely cracked 700 miles for the whole year. I did ride 1,650 miles on my Peloton though. We got the new Peloton tread just before Thanksgiving and while I haven’t been able to do as much as I would like having been sick a few times, I am so excited to train on it in 2022!
All in all, 2021 had a lot of highs, but it also had a lot of lows. I have no illusions this NYs that 2022 will be the year of getting back to normal based on what we are currently seeing but I do have goals and plans for the year that I’ll work towards. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other. Here’s to 2022!