The obligatory New Year’s post

The trend this year seems to be less focused on “resolutions” and more focused on “reflections.” Or that’s at least how it seems amongst the blogs I read. Maybe that’s how runners, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts roll and I just never noticed until now. Regardless, I like it. Things I’m good at: reflecting. Things I’m terrible at: making resolutions. And as you know by now, I only like doing things that I’m good at.

Tim and I at the summit of Tecumseh on a surprisingly snowy day last March.
Tim and I at the summit of Tecumseh on a surprisingly snowy day last March.

So, 2012. It didn’t seem like it as it was going on, but  a lot of big things happened. Some of the more exciting events were:

  1. By the end of last winter, I had gotten kind of decent at snowboarding…which was extra impressive considering we barely even had a winter.
  2. At some point over the summer, I finally realized that I actually enjoy running. In fact, by the end of the year I even found myself preferring running over other things, like climbing. (So weird.) Oh, and I was able to talk both moms into running a 5K with me! (I don’t think they loved it, but it was pretty awesome that they did it.)
  3. In the spring, I got my first road bike! And then in the fall, I finished my first century ride!
  4. I “ran” my first half marathon. (I walked more than I would like to admit. In hindsight, I maybe shouldn’t have picked a trail half as my first one ever. Aaaand I probably should have paid more attention instead of getting lost and running two extra miles. Oops.)
  5. I got a new job! I’m doing something I love, and I’m surrounded by other runners and cyclists, which is super motivating.
At a rest stop during the EMS Century Ride in September. It was both Robert's (a friend from the Annapolis store) and my first century. I'm pretty sure the only reason we're smiling is because there was a car full of Fig Newtons.
At a rest stop during the EMS Century Ride in September. It was both Robert’s (a friend from the Annapolis store) and my first century. I’m pretty sure the only reason we’re smiling is because there was a car full of Fig Newtons behind us.

Also in 2012, I did more than 1000 miles of stuff! I know that a lot of other people do that–or more–every year (my future husband, Kilian, probably does it in like a month), but I never thought it was something *I* would do. So that’s pretty cool. In fact, my total mileage for the year was 1321; 1284 of those miles were achieved by running, cycling, and hiking (the other 37 were done on an elliptical, treadmill, and stand up paddleboard). The full breakdown looks something like this:

  • Running: 90 days; 5 races (Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race, Stonyfield Earth Day 5K, Ragnar Cape Cod, Greenfield Highbush Half Marathon, and the Cider House 5K); 9 states (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire…thank you, Outdoor Demo Tour); 373 miles.
  • Climbing: it was a sad year for climbing, and almost all of it took place in a gym. Regardless, 69 days (only 8 of them outside). I did a sort of mini-tour of climbing gyms in the Mid-Atlantic (Delaware Rock Gym, PRG Oaks, New Jersey Rock Gym, and Island Rock), which was pretty cool, and we finally got to climb at the Gunks–something Tim and I had tried to do on three other occasions but got rained out every time.
  • Cycling: 27 days (plus 3 days on a mountain bike–something else I never thought I’d do as it scares the shit out of me); finished a century ride, as previously mentioned (hopefully the first of many!); 836 miles.
  • Snowboarding: 37 days, plus 1 day of cross-country skiing and 1 horrible night of trying to learn how to telemark.
  • Hiking: 15 days; 10 mountains (Tecumseh [x4]; North and South Hancock; Pierce; Galehead, South Twin, West Bond, Bond, and Bondcliff; and Wachusett a few times, though I ran it more times than I hiked it); 75 miles.
  • Yoga: 24 days. I feel like it was definitely more than that, but that’s how many times I wrote it down, so whatever.
  • Other stuff: 9 days ellipticalling/treadmilling, 8 days stand up paddling.
A gorgeous afternoon on Mt. Pierce.
A gorgeous July afternoon on Mt. Pierce.

So that was my 2012, more or less. I had made some bold resolutions last year, like not taking any rest days (which lasted about two weeks)…then to only take five rest days all year, because I needed a catchy name for my old blog (I used up all 5 before the middle of February, and to this day I still hate the name I had picked for that blog). New Year’s Resolutions are dumb. We should constantly be trying to make ourselves better athletes, better people. It shouldn’t be something we only think about on New Year’s Eve while we’re drinking too much champagne to make good decisions. So no resolutions for me this year. I refuse to set myself up for failure again. As long as I surpass all of the numbers above–and I am certain I will–I’ll be happy. And healthy, which is obviously what this is all about, anyway.

After flailing on everything I attempted to climb at the Gunks, a scenic run along the old carriage road seemed to be in order.
After flailing on everything I attempted to climb at the Gunks, a scenic run along the old carriage road seemed to be in order.
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  1. Congrats on a very productive 2012 Ashley! You were clearly busy with a lot of stuff… You didn’t even mention the hours of shrieking from the walking dead! 😛

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Gary 🙂 And thank you for always giving me the Walking Dead details on our Monday runs! Now if only someone could fill me in on American Horror Story ahead of time so I wouldn’t get so anxious watching it…

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