#reverb13: battling along

I'm playing a little bit of #reverb catch-up because planning, shopping and wrapping for Christmas kept me pretty busy and the next thing I knew days had gone by without me writing. 

Uphill: What uphill battle did you keep fighting and fighting in 2013?  Are you going to keep fighting it or let it go?  Why?

Where I live and run, there are a lot of hills. I'm always surprised when I run on the treadmill or somewhere flat at the difference in how I feel, how different muscles are working depending on terrain. So, I know uphill, and what I learned about running uphill is to keep moving, keep trying. I also know the importance of listening to and trusting yourself and knowing when you need to let go. Letting go of grudges, relationships that aren't working, toxic people and ideas, anything that holds you back in some way is important, especially if there's no way through it. But it's also important to work on a smaller level to consider what needs clearing out of your life to make way for good stuff. Each year, I try to clear out digital spaces, email, rss feeds, facebook and twitter friends that I'm not invested in. Mental clutter is distracting and consuming and I'm in a constant battle to reduce it. 

I have been on a quest this year to put good stuff into my body but also my mind. I still watch a lot of TV, but I try to be purposeful about it, more aware of what I'm watching and why. For example, I find the show Trophy Wife really funny, but also sweet. I really like Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden in it. It's also 30 minutes and I can watch it while eating dinner or in between meetings, without feeling like I have to commit an hour to a show. Breaks in my day are important, to get out of my head, provide some levity. I also listen to podcasts which help. I listen to several sports podcasts as well as Doug Loves Movies and NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour

In 2014, my goal is to continue to be conscious of what I'm clearing out and inviting in, what battles are worth the fight and which ones I can let go of so that something better can take their place. There's only so much mental energy I can expend. I want it to count. 

Much of this post speaks to another #reverb prompt: Tell us about how you’ve been running along in 2013 and the race(s) you intend to run in 2014.  These can be literal races or just the road of life.  What did your path look like this year, and are you choosing the same for 2014?

As I've mentioned in various #reverb posts, I've run several 5K's and my goal for the year is to increase the miles so I can at least do a 10K and perhaps even the half-marathon as part of the Illinois Marathon in April. I will do the Red Brick Run in Oxford again and perhaps a few races in between. But I'm also interested in creating a habit I can stick to and getting into the gym, taking fitness classes, and continuing yoga regularly will contribute to better habits. 

It is a bit of a battle within myself to get motivated sometimes, to get out the door, to the road or gym, even though I know how great the benefits of doing so are. It should be easy, but it isn't always.