Wading through the flood of New Year's related facebook messages and tweets, I realized something. People sure do seem to like to put together one sentence to sum up everything the past year had to offer. I thought to myself, was my year good or bad? I asked my wife too, who promptly gave a thumbs down. I agreed with her, my initial reaction was kind of negative too.
But then I got to thinking more, and I went month by month of everything that has happened, and for lack of a better story telling device, I thought I would try and sum up each month in a list.
- January - The Only thing I could really think about for this month was my inaugural session of Yoga Booty Ballet, where I got in touch with my inner goddess. Namaste.
- February - Lindy Ruff was fired, bringing an end to an era.
- March - Took part in my first ever Heart Walk in Utica, it was frigid cold, but a great experience and was so glad to finally get to take part
- April - This was a tough month. A work conference in Boston showed me just how far behind the curve researchers in Buffalo are. Then I ran a new PR in the B.A.A 5K race, clocking in at 24:35. I got to meet an amazing runner in Amy, and was so happy to get to cheer her on with my family as she finished her marathon. Which leads me to the Boston Marathon.
- Within a two-hour period I saw the absolute best, and worst that humanity had to offer. I saw a young guy who was finishing a sub 3 hour marathon to stop a mile from the finish line to help carry an older man, who's knees completely locked up on him and was unable to move any further. It gave me a lasting mental image to help combat the tragedy that would ensue. I saw the amazing possibilities that good people bring, and that is what I choose to keep and learn from that day.
- May - Ellie and I finished our second half-marathon, setting new PR's by posting a 2:11 time, and cutting off 8 minutes from our previous time.
- June - We saw DOMA fall. That was a good time in American History. I also took part in the Buffalo Corporate Challenge with my coworkers, some of whom it was their first race!