2020 ought to be in pictures...
Well, truth be told, I have lots of pictures from 2020.
I have plenty of memories, too. Some memories are a bit more significant than others, so how about I share a few of those? Maybe a few (or 12) monthly memories?
Okay, here goes...
January. As per usual, the weather was cold, but not as crazy cold as in recent years. No polar vortex (ironically, 2020 would have been a paramount year for that). I didn't have to take as many runs to the 'mill as anticipated, but I did make it a ritual to capture an outdoor #cyrotherapy selfie after each of those indoor adventures with Milly.
February. I celebrated my first-ever ride on Leap Day (pretty sure that was my first-ever February bike ride as well). Little did I know just how much time Gustavas (my trusty mountain bike) and I would be spending together before year's end.
March. I celebrated my birthday (March 14th) with my first-ever Week of Pi Challenge. Shortly thereafter, Covid-19 hit the fan. The world of running (and racing), as we knew it, changed.
April. This month saw the start of the UN-Canceled Project Series, and my 12 weeks of 5K time trials began (recap HERE). I also took an avid interest in plogging (collecting trash while running), which started with a noontime "plogwalk" on Earth Day.
May. A big highlight was my father's 80th birthday. Sorry, folks. Long before Star Wars entered our reality, May the 4th belonged to my dear daddy.
June. Along with all the running (and some random cycling), the hubby took an interest in stair workouts. We made weekly trips to the outdoor staircase for some serious sweaty couple time (dinner and drinks are SO overrated).
July. As my fondness for cycling grew, so did my quest for distance. The hubby accompanied me on my longest ride ever - 47 miles - on a very hot and humid July afternoon. You can read more about that adventure HERE.
August. Since there were no weekend football games (thank you, Covid-19), we embarked on weekend bike rides with some of our friends. Wow. This quickly became a new obsession that lasted for almost two months!
October. After a two month sabbatical from all things on-foot, October 20th saw my return to running. I had to start slow and I had to start with a short 1/2-mile distance. But I was back on my feet again, and ever grateful.
November. Although there were no live races happening, our local turkey trot was my rally-back event. It also was a virtual endeavor (again, thanks to Covid-19), but I was able to run the entire 5K with zero pain.
December. As with every winter, the Runners World Winter Run Streak served as my grand finale for the year. I was a little apprehensive, but in all actuality, this recovery/rally-back season was a perfect fit for this short 37-day streak. My mileage remained low, and the bulk of my streak runs were simple 1-milers. But this annual streak (now in its 8th year) went off without a hitch.
Anyways, these 12 favorite pics of 2020 memories barely scratch the surface on all that went down this year. Despite all the crazy twists and turns, I feel like 2020 gave me far more than it took away. Granted there were hardly any races, but running itself wasn't cancelled. Covid-19 caused a great deal of anxiety, hardship, and heartache, but it also brought out a lot of love, goodwill, and generosity in people. And my stress fracture may have halted my running (and walking) for a couple of months, but it didn't keep me off my bike.
All in all, 2020 wasn't all that bad...but I'm definitely eager and ready to move on. Here's hoping 2020 is a "once and done" experience of a lifetime, and 2021 has many exciting adventures waiting for us.
How did your 2020 play out?