elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

2270, 25, 7 and 1

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With the end of a year and the beginning of a new year, it is common to look back and size things up with numbers. So here is 2011 by the numbers for me.

2270 – the number of miles I have covered through out the year swimming, cycling, and running. This includes a marathon which I set a personal record (PR). It was my 6th marathon, but first since 2004. I also ran three half marathons and four 5K races. I set a PR on my 5K but I still have to beat my best half marathon time set in 2010. I competed in 4 triathlons, including my third half iron distance which I also set a PR.  I look forward to what the new year holds and adding more miles to my training logs.

25 – the number of books I have read this year. I must say 2011 was the year of vampire literature for me. I read through all of the Twilight books and wanted more, next up were the Southern Vampire Series or better know as The Sookie Stackhouse series that inspired the True Blood television show on HBO. Twilight was bubble gum, Sookie was R rated, and now I am in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series that is, well, Adult 17. But boy do these Brothers know how to love their females.  The devotion leaves a gal hoping for that kind of love. There were more than vampire fiction, however it was a great escape in a year filled with stressful ups and downs.

7 – the number of places where I traveled. The year started with Jacksonville for the marathon, then on to Austin, Texas and the spa I dearly love, in July I visited a dear friend in Telluride and fell in love with the town. October and November brought a round of travels, first to Boston for business, then to St. John for pleasure (which included a stop in Virgin Gorda) and then to St. Louis also for business. Talk about a change in saints… December brought me to Las Vegas for the half marathon. I traveled with dear friends to many of these destinations and met several new friends along the way.

1 – the number of days I want to take at a time. Carpe Diem or seize the day is how I am choosing to live, especially for 2012. Each day brings enough to be concerned about without worrying about tomorrow. All I know is I have today, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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