Two years ago in 2010 I took two steps forward in my running ventures, putting up some pretty good times in various distances: 2.37 in the marathon, 3.13 in the 50K, and under 28 hrs at Hard Rock. I worked hard and it paid off. This last year in 2011 has been a struggle -to say the least- in my running ventures. I guess you can say I got complacent, hoping to springboard off the previous years hard work. I can say that now but as the year progressed I felt as though I was putting the work in (the myles reflected it 3228) but there were other things going on in my work life that took most of my energy. I traveled most of the year, logging a staggering 153 nights in hotels for business, and achieving 1k status on United - illustrious life I know. It's not only been exhausting on me but my poor family has suffered as well. Having said that, there are only 24 hours in a day and something has to give and in this case my running/training at a high level was a no brainer. Yes I got to travel the world, running in 5 countries, but my family was right there by my side.
I can't say that 2012 will be any better but if I were to put all my eggs in one basket I would put them all into the San Juan mountains. My family loves that place just as much as I do and it's a family reunion of sorts. I have put my vacation in already for 3 weeks leading up to Hard Rock so hopefully it will be enough to get a PR at HR.
Aside from my job and running, family comes first. I've stated that already but readers of this blog I need your help, better yet my brother in law's son needs your help. His name is Beckam Robinson and he is 5 years old and in need of a kidney transplant. He has been functioning normally on about 30% of one kidney for most of his life and now that portion is starting to fail. I ask you to go to this website and make a donation - please! $1, $5 - doesn't matter, every little bit helps as insurance does not cover most of this transplant, if any at all. In addition, the Robinson family are selling bracelets for $3 so if you see any of us please buy a bracelet. Thank you in advance! I will also put a permanent link on the side of this blog and remind you from time to time throughout the year.