During Christmas Day, my 18 year old son was mentioning the older he gets the quicker time flies. There is a lot of truth in that. And when you get into the late 50’s like myself, life just “races” by.
It has been great running with you this past year. Together WE completed 9 races, the shortest being a 10k, and the longest the full marathon. Have really appreciated your encouragement, camaraderie and support this past year. The year 2016 already has me registered for 6 races, with 3 or 4 more to be added (1 of them possible being an Ultra) to top it off at 9 or 10 races. It is good to plan and train, but so much can happen in life. I have learned that each day is a gift, and nothing is guaranteed.
WordPress has shared with me from my stats that I have had over 10,000 visits to my blog this past year coming from 92 countries. This is really amazing and humbling. One of the things I love the most is the interaction. So many have left wonderful, encouraging, well articulated comments. Out of the few hundred followers, in the post 2015 in Review WordPress has mentioned 5 bloggers that are my most active commentators. As a thank you, I would like to share these bloggers in a “shout out”.
Blogger #5: SEE FLECK RUN. (20 comments) The cool thing about Fleck is she is also a distance runner who comes from Ontario, Canada. Many of the things she writes about I can identify with, like training in winter, overcoming injury, and seeing those “gazelles” on your runs that are SO fast that you keep thinking you will NEVER be like that. Her posts are very funny and creative using stick figure drawings. They conclude with a wonderful life lesson.
Blogger #4: NATJTAN. (24 comments) Natalie was one of my 1st followers, and is another runner. She is British and lives in Barcelona, Spain. She has an extremely informative blog on health and fitness. But there is SO much more: great photography, nutrition, exercise routines. Her posts are engaging, and she often concludes her posts with a couple of questions that invite interaction. Nutrition plays such a HUGE role for a runner, and Natalie is often my “go to” person for some help and advice.
Blogger #3: STORIES OF OUR BOYS. (26 comments) Living in the “Big Sur” region of California, April writes a very refreshing blog from a Christian perspective on being the mother of 4 young boys. Being another one of my early followers, her posts bring back a lot of memories of a time when my 4 children were very young. She has been a keen runner, but her home schooling SAHM commitments, and a chronic physical pain that has not resolved has put her running on the backburner. April is such an encourager.
Blogger #2: INDAH SUSANTI. (27 comments) Originally from Indonesia, and currently living in the Netherlands, Indah will be soon moving to the United States. Indah hosts a photography blog which specializes on her underwater photography. One glance at her blog, and it is easy to see why she has thousands of followers. Yet she always takes the time to visit and share her kind and insightful comments on my site. Although not a runner, she shares with me about Dutchie, her diver friend’s running events.
Blogger #1: AN ARMCHAIR PERFECTIONIST. (35 comments) My top commentator Prajakta comes all the way from Pune, Maharashtra, India. There are very few posts written by me that has not had her kind comments gracing my blog. Prajakta is a long distance runner, and her blog encompasses SO much more. There is poetry, creative writing., some that have glimpses of life in India. The most recent posts are about her whirlwind trip coming from India to the United States.
Canada, Spain, United States, Netherlands and India. Love the international representation here, and just a few of the 92 countries represented from around the world. Your spirit has carried me in races. You provided words of strength and encouragement through life’s obstacles thrown my way. Thank you EVERYONE for your support. Wishing you all an absolutely wonderful 2016. 🙂
I’d like to leave you with a video as I sign off for 2015. Produced 9 years ago by Toronto, Canada musician Edwin, it won video of the year back then in Canada. A tribute to you ALL: my running, travelling, poetic, artistic, descriptive, adventuresome, articulate, photogenic, and inspirational blogging friends. THANK YOU 🙂