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That time of Year

Yes, it is almost years end. And while I have many, many things to be thankful for, it was a year of ups and downs. Yea, I ran some hills, but I really am talking about the ups and downs of life. Ups and downs for me, for family and friends. It really was a tumultuous year.  While I won't bore you with every intricate detail of my year, I will list 20 - good and bad in some order that they are locked away in my mind.


  1. the Running Doc placed third in her age group, then had an appendectomy that night
  2. the Gangster went away to school and is kicking ass at her studies
  3. my son went to Kuwait, he'll be back in April 2011
  4. Randy lost weight improved his half PR by around 30 minutes
  5. the Running Doc kicked my ass at the L&C marathon and set a 27 minute PR
  6. the Hooker watched Missouri beat the Illini then threw up on 3 different interstates
  7. Karmen had a beautiful baby girl
  8. I got promoted at work, then worked more than ever
  9. I signed up for the Indy half and never went
  10. the Rogue, was just the Rogue on more than one occasion
  11. I tore my TV room down to the studs, it is still not finished
  12. some of the bloggers I follow had awesome years
  13. I had 2 girlfriends and lost them both
  14. I had the best 6 months of running in my life
  15. my family is all healthy
  16. my horse boarder still does not pay on time
  17. I survived a year living alone, it was lonely and nice
  18. I did not make my yearly running goal
  19. my friends and running buddies are all awesome
  20. there is always next year
There you have it. My life in 20 lines. Except for my lack of running at the end of the year, it was a good year.  I have some lofty goals for next year (I'll list them early next year) and will strive to them to bed.

I think 2011 will be a good year. I have signed up for the Indy mini. I will run it. Hotel is already booked. I am looking at at least one marathon and a couple of other halfs. Just haven't decided yet. And hopefully, i will blog more often. Of course, when I run, I blog. So run I must.

Read you soon friends.

- the beginning of the end

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3 comments:

Damaris said...

Here's to hoping the new year brings lots of good stuff for you, Coach Mike! I miss you and the gang- good news is that I'll be back in Mattoon by the end of May, so I'll be back to running with you all!!! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas. :)

Joanna said...

I'm honored to have made your top 20 list! I hope next year brings great things! I wish I were going to be around to run with the gang.

Lisa said...

overall, sounds like a good year.