With 2015 just around the corner, there is no better time to look back on all the accomplishments of the tribe and its members from the past year. We have seen people run their first race, first marathon, as well as the fall of countless PRs this past year. Those are all amazing accomplishments that you have achieved this past year. Those things don’t happen without a ridiculous amount of hugs, sweat and tears.
While I am absolutely thrilled for each and every one of your individual successes, the amount we have achieved as a tribe is what I’m most proud of. I’m proud of those moments in a race when you look over and see a fellow tribe member cheering you on. I’m proud of those moments when tribe members get together and help keep the community warm. I’m proud of the moments when the tribe rallies to run beside children for a 5k that they have spent the entire year training for. I’m proud of the moments at the hill when we cheer home each other. I’m proud of the moments when people share the fun they have at NP with their friends and their family. I’m proud of the moments when we welcome new people to the city and the tribe with open arms (and then invite them for Christmas dinner). I’m proud to stand along side my friends three mornings a week no matter how cold it is.
As we get ready to ring in the new year, it’s time to look ahead at what this upcoming year has in store. Yes, we will all race faster, longer and harder this year. More importantly, our community will get bigger. Our hugs will get tighter. Our bounce will get higher. Our friendships will get stronger and our smiles will get wider. As leaders, we have already nailed down our goals for the upcoming year. This year, we want to give out all of the -30 badges that we have already and then order some more. Ask anyone that has one of those badges, those are the workouts that you will wish you were at, when we are all standing around sharing stories. We are also going to make sure our workouts are not only wackier and funner (yes, it’s a word), but also tougher.
Do you have your goals for 2015? Whether your goal is to overcome that anxiety you have during the post-workout hug, to ditch those earphones during the hills or to shave time off your PR, go out and tell it to someone. They will help keep you accountable, but also help you achieve that goal. Aside from our goals we set out as a tribe, I want to get to know more about all of you. I have only met one person who has swallowed a living fish so far, but maybe there’s another one of you out there. That’s my goal. Our friends in Baltimore wrote a great piece on Resolutions. You are all my resolution/goals keepers.
If you still haven’t figured out your goals yet, you still have a few days left. If you want, feel free to share it with us, so we can help you get there.
Wednesday is 28:19 Day at the Royal Glenora Stairs. We will see you there at 6am.
Friday will be at Gallagher Park for toboggan races and hill runs. We will try and do this following every 28:19 Day as long as there is snow beneath our feet.
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