Monday, January 7, 2019

Another New Year

Here we are again, another year. Time for a fresh start, new beginnings. A time for hope and promise of better things. How often does that really work out? I looked back at what I had hoped to accomplish in 2018 - there were only 5 things - and I can't even say that I came close to any of them. 

Well, that's disappointing.

This blog is "Skelton Adventures" and 2018 found adventures of different kinds.

  • One was the Adventure of Menopause:  WOW!  Talk about a roller coaster ride. It has not been fun. But I've had it a little better than some of my friends. The hot flashes haven't been too bad; I naturally run "hot" anyway so it's tough to tell. And rather than not being able to sleep, I have the complete opposite problem - all I want to do is sleep. I feel tired and lethargic most of the time. Going to have my doctor check some different blood levels at my yearly appointment in February
  • The other Adventure has been caring for an elderly parent. For 2 1/2 years, I've been driving back to my hometown every other weekend to help with miscellaneous tasks at my Mom's assisted living apartment. A slight break in the action since my oldest brother has picked up one weekend a month but it has worn on my soul. She has definitely declined and we are at the crossroads of moving her to Long Term Care. Mentally she's still pretty sharp but she can barely dress herself, she's having more bathroom accidents and is really making a lot of messes in the apartment from dropping things. This will probably be the hardest thing we've had to do. But we all feel like she'd do so much better with the structure and care of a LTC facility. 
My husband and I did go on a couple of trips but I mostly didn't travel too often or too far because of my Mom.

For the first time ever, I did more 5Ks than I did half marathons. Some of that was from not really running / training at all and so it was easier to just schlep though a 5K. I did have fun at those 5Ks. But I also struggled with the finding the enjoyment of doing the same ol' Indiana half marathons so I didn't sign up for some of the usual races.

I usually start the first blog of the new year with my mileage recap so here is that Year-To-Date mileage tally that I always do:

I don't think I'm going to post any goals out here. I only have a few that I've written down.

But I am going to try to blog at least once a week and since there isn't too much going on right now - certainly no races - I'll try to briefly recap some of the 2018 highlights.

There's no reason to just give up. So here I go...starting over AGAIN.