The Tortoise won the race, not the Hare.

2013, you are off to a sloooooowwwwww start. I think I am going to blame the day the New Year fell on this year, because that really threw me off. Pair that with starting new classes on the 3rd and feeling a little under the weather and you have a procrastinating, overwhelmed Katie. At least that’s what I am telling myself. And my house that looks like a pig sty…and the Christmas tree that is still up…and my blog that has been neglected.  I’m really excited for 2013, and even though it has started off slowly, I am making strides toward meeting the goals I set for myself in the Big 31. At least that is a plus.

I had completed my race calendar for the 31 races I want to complete in 2013 early in December. It always excites me to complete it, but at the same time, absolutely overwhelms me. My first race of the new year is on February 2nd and is the “Chase your Shadow” 5K.  Winter races are always fun. My calendar isn’t just a bunch of 5Ks..There’s a few 10Ks, plus some fun ones like the Color Run and Warrior Dash. I’ll be doing the Cleveland Half-Marathon again (redemption for the toe I broke during it this past year), the Akron Relay, and one I’ve been waiting to run for quite some time…The Rock N Roll Series Half Marathon in Pittsburgh! In addition, I’ve just joined the Summit Athletic Running Club, which I am really looking forward to.

Acts of Kindness. I keep saying that people need to do them more often. This week I went to McDonalds to get the one thing I need for survival: Sweet Tea. As I sat in the drive thru waiting to pay my lofty $1.06, I noticed an older woman behind me placing an order. She was driving a nasty old beater, which was totally full of garbage and random items. I started to think about a conversation I had with my brother over the Christmas holiday. He had told me how he would go through a drive thru and pay for the person behind him to spread the holiday cheer. Such a good man he is, that brother of mine. Taking a lesson from my brother, I told the cashier I wanted to pay for the woman’s order behind me, and she looked at me like I was crazy, yet she still gave me the total. I then took my Sweet Tea and rode off into the sunset. It may have cost me a mere $4.00, but it made me feel like a million bucks.

This week I FINALLY I tackled one of the craft projects I have been wanting to complete since I first saw it on Pinterest months ago. When my dear friend Whitney completed the same craft in December, I knew it was a sign to get crafting. I can’t divulge much information on what the craft actually was….I mailed it to my friend Kelly Gee, who won’t receive it until Monday, and I don’t want her to read about it before she opens it. More on that later, but I am more than pleased with the results, and I hope she loves it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Run, do good, and craft. Such fun and rewarding little activities that make you feel awesome once you are done. And speaking of awesome, I’m keeping my tree up for months because it makes me feel awesome. Happy New Year, all!

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