Have you ever sat in the middle of your room, everything in total disarray but yet you feel at total calm and peace with where you are? That is exactly how I spent my New Year’s day. I wasn’t suffering from a horrible sunburn and completely dehydrated. I wasn’t frantically flipping through photos on my iPhone trying to piece together the lost memories of what happened the night before. And I definitely was not trying to figure out why I got a tattoo. No, there was no personal reenactment of “The Hangover.” Instead I was turning through the memories in my mind of where I was at this point last year in my life and how I got to where I am now. I remember I spent last New Year’s Day hobbling in a walking boot through the San Diego car show. Not exactly the Jimmy Choo’s I had hoped to still be wearing the day after New Year’s eve but the stress fracture in my shin (and my orthopedic) would allow for nothing else. So I spent four more weeks in the non-designer boot and five more months of no running. During that time I managed to move in with my dear friend Kurt and ten year old Maggie the Golden Retriever. The Spanish Colonial revival home that over-looked the San Diego Harbor is where I spent many nights drinking Merlot on the patio, watching 747’s land at Lindberg Field and writing articles for Kevin’s triathlon website flmstri.com. I learned a tremendous amount during the six months I spent with Kurt and Maggie. I learned that it is okay to ask for someone’s help. I reaffirmed to myself that my journey is better and easier if I surround myself with people who support and love me unconditionally. I accepted that it is ok to be who I am and to accept people unconditionally for who they are. I also began working for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition in the early spring of 2011. I spent an incredible two weeks with VSN at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA where I met some of the world’s finest tennis players, and where I learned that a hot desert spring day and margaritas on an empty stomach lead to quick and rapid intoxication. That is how I discovered that Orange Vitalyte is the best cure for an unintentional hangover. On July 1, 2011 Kurt and I had to part ways as roommates as he moved east into University Heights and I headed west towards the surf of Pacific Beach. Today I unpacked the vanilla candle and crystal little dog that looks like my Basset Hound, Mala. They were both gifts from Kurt and I keep them as a reminder of our friendship. Now they site in my bathroom in the new house I just moved into last week. It’s North in Carlsbad and I am roommates with my sister’s best friend, Madeline. I have known Maddy for sixteen years so it is nice to be sharing a place with someone I know so well.
This morning I went for a great five mile run up coast highway. The surf was pretty mellow and the sky was so clear. Last year at this time I wasn’t even running so I feel happy with the progress I have made in the last 365 days. Now I am training for my first race back in seven years and I am really looking forward to racing the streets of Hollywood. Yes a lot has happened in a year...I moved three times, suffered a stress fracture, healed a stress fracture, got a new job, broke up with a boyfriend, became at peace with myself and my relationship with my father, put on my big girl boots and finally took the adult role in my own life instead of playing the adult role in my family’s life. And you know I like it a lot. 2012 is going to be a great year and it felt great to start it out by going through the pictures in my mind and not the ones you find on your iPhone.