So long 2017 and Happy New Year!

As I sit here sniffling, saying goodbye and good riddance to a nasty cold, I can’t say I feel the same way about 2017. Certainly, 2017 had its share of ups and downs. It challenged me, it uplifted me, it frustrated me. But in the rollercoaster of deep physical fulfilment contrasted with injury mishaps, of emotional connectedness and joy coupled with sadness, stress, uncertainty, is… life. No year is ever perfect. Sure, some are better, or more noteworthy than others. Perhaps some even seem like they never really came together. If you are challenging yourself enough though, the path forward is never entirely certain. There are often as many failures as successes. What IS certain, at least if you are an eternal optimist like me, is a perennial sense of excitement about the future no matter what today, yesterday, or last year held.

In short, a new year is simply a reminder that if you didn’t like 2017, it is up to you to make 2018 better.

I wish you and yours a beautiful year full of love and health, coupled with the wisdom to know that you are certain to face challenges and uncertainty and setbacks on your way to personal growth. It’s all part of what makes the good stuff feel so special. Take it all, embrace it all, and let it shape you for the better.

Each time the calendar turns over to a new year, it’s an opportunity to recommit yourself to exciting goals for the months to come. Dream big, put in the work, and you will find fulfillment. I encourage you to find a group of like-minded people to share your journey with.

On that note, I’m over the moon to join the Altra Endurance Team of athletes. I have the utmost respect for the ethos of the company, for their deep commitment to the trail and ultra community and for the incredible group of athletes I now call teammates. Alta offers a wide range of shoes perfect for adventures on the trail, road or even track. I love to mix it up on all surfaces, and the versatility of their shoe collection will support me through every stage of my 2018 journey. I can’t wait to share my miles with you. Onwards 2018!

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6 thoughts on “So long 2017 and Happy New Year!

  1. Congratulations on joining Team Altra!! I love their shoes especially the new LP 3.5s. Just curious but what’s your go to shoe for both long and short road distances? I’m kind of on the fence between Escalante and Torrin 3.0. Once again congrats and best of luck.
    JP

    • Hi JP, thanks! I’m still in the process of trying out the spectrum of Altra shoes, but so far love the Escalante and Torin for road too. They are my go-tos. Escalante for shorter workouts and races up to the 50k distance, with Torin being a great everyday shoe and also solid for a 100k road race. I even wore my Torins at a recent 50k on trails and loved them. P.s. I’m not normally a stability shoe person at all, but I love the rocker feel of the Paradigms too. Maybe check them out.

      Best wishes for a wonderful 2018!

  2. I’m sure you’re a busy woman so thank you for your reply. I actually do have the paradigm 2, not knowing it was a support shoe at the time but luckily I don’t have any issues wearing them. They are great for long runs but I just feel like they are heavy and kind of clunky lol. I’ll definitely try out the Escalante and maybe the torrin too. Thank you so much for the advice cause I was concerned about the cushion. Oh one more question about the Escalante, I’ve read several reviews that your feet slide and possibly ankle roll, have you encountered these issues? I had that problem in the Timp but returned them for LP 3.5. Thanks JP

    • Hi JP, I’ve definitely never had any issue with foot slide or ankle roll in the Escalante. For faster paced runs, I’m sure to cinch the laces at the top eyelet because that helps make sure everything stays in place. I like laces tighter for faster paced runs anyway, so for me this isn’t really any different than any other shoe. Hope you like them!

  3. Well said! Thank you for posting this!
    Congratulations on joining the Altra Team! I LOVE their shoes both road (Escalante) and trail (Superior 3.0). Love this blog and All your honesty sharing the ups and downs.
    Thank you again and Happy New Year to you and yours! I look forward to following your adventures in 2018 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the comment. I’m definitely committed to writing about my races candidly, whether the outcome is good and bad. I think there is the perception that those who find themselves near the front of the pack in races seldom have bad days or lose fitness or struggle to balance it all. In my case, that’s definitely not true!

      I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

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