I just wanted to say a few words on this last day of 2013.
What a year it has been!
I’ve had many “pinch me” moments this year:
– Standing at the start line of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on the cool and sunny morning of April 7th. I’m on Avenue des Champs-Élysées one of the most famous and beautiful streets in the world. The Arc de Triomphe is behind me and ahead in the distance is Place de la Concorde. Around me are runners from all over the planet. I’m excited and beside myself. I’m about to run a marathon in Paris!
– On September 22 at the Alzheimer’s Run for Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg (near Windsor) in the first few kilometres of the race. We are surrounded by various crop fields; the light is getting brighter and brighter until we see the sun peaking out. The colour and the quality of the light against the fields is spectacular! (This moment could also qualify as a “Darn, I should have brought my camera!”) As much fun as the big city races are, I also love running in the smaller ones. It’s a totally different feeling and just as rewarding (if not more sometimes); one doesn’t feel lost in the crowd.
– On November 3rd at the ING New York City Marathon near kilometre twenty five on the Queensboro Bridge, I’m running up the incline on the area that most runners consider to be the toughest part of the race (and I agree with them). I look out to my left and take in an incredible view of Manhattan. I had not completed my race that I wanted to run it again.
There have been other moments during our travels this year. Gen and I travelled over 2000 kilometres by car in Ireland in April and we have seen rugged, breathtaking beauty and incredible buildings and castles too numerous to list here. Sharing these adventures with her is in itself a pinch me moment for me.
After years of going to NYC as a couple we finally brought the kids to Manhattan in July (at their request) and shared in their excitement as we explored this great city.
I’ve also had some “What was I thinking” moments:
– February 17th at Winterman Marathon in Ottawa. It is eight loops near the Ottawa River. With the open water nearby that means more wind when the conditions are “right”. I wake up and check the weather; it is -29 with the wind chill. What was I thinking?!? I put my determination/ stubbornness to good use and headed out there and ran the race. I’ve run this race several times in the past, but this was by far the coldest to date. I’m crossing my fingers for 2014 as I will be running it again. I may be having another “What was I thinking” moment if the temperature dips too low.
In closing I’d like to say that there are everyday moments that are just as special as the ones I’ve mentioned above. Of course, Gen and I love the kids and show them affection but, our hearts still skip a beat when the kids either grab our hand or give us a hug or say something from the heart. When we all sit on the rather large sectional in the living room, Gen and I will sit together at one end and quickly our boys (8 and 11) are glued to us leaving most of the couch unused. Perhaps a smaller couch would have been more than sufficient? We take advantage of these moments because we know all too well that they will be teenagers soon enough. The sectional will seem small then I’m sure.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!! Hug the ones you love a little bit harder this year and never forget to let them know how special they are to you!