I spent the weekend feeling ropey as the germ-fest took hold in our house. As such, no running took place, which makes me feel a bit grumpy, so I stole this idea shamelessly from Mountaindiva.net to cheer me up. These are some of the things I’m excited about coming up this year!!
1) Rain – January (please!)
There aren’t many Brits who long for rain but the drought here gets more and more concerning with every day that passes. On a superficial level, there’s no skiing in Tahoe and the East Bay hobbit hills are brown instead of lush green…but on a deeper level, the agricultural workers in the Central Valley are hugely concerned about crops and livelihoods. I cannot WAIT for rain – I shall be dancing in it when it finally arrives.
2) The Winter Olympics – February 6th
They start on my birthday (yay) and it’s two weeks of crazy Olympic brilliance. I’m looking forward to watching the ski jumping, the ice-skating, the bobsleighing and particularly at laughing at the American uniform. Guys, you poor things!
But Norway’s is pretty cool as well!
3) Riding my bike for miles
I can’t tell you how thrilled the Husband and I are about the Dude learning to cycle. It’s like a whole world of cycling adventures has opened up to us again after a few years of not cycling very much. I see the summer stretching ahead with us on our bikes and picnics in our panniers.
4) Jasmine season
I LOVE LOVE LOVE early-morning running in April when it gets light out earlier and the air is scented with thousands of jasmine bushes.
5) The New Season of Game of Thrones – April 6th!
BRING BACK THE DRAGONS!
6) Marathon Week – April
The London Marathon’s men’s line-up is incredible this year – Mo Farrah is running his first 26.2 and pretty much every other Marathon Speedster will be lining up to stop him. Total Running Smack-Down! To be followed a week later by Boston which will be deeply emotional and inspiring. It’s going to be a great week to be a runner.
7) Visiting the UK – Some time, maybe Spring?
I haven’t been home since last January, it would be lovely to go and see my family again, to stock up on M&S underwear and take the Dude to London for the first time!
8) Trails with Jen and friends
Jen and I have got into a good system of exploring different Bay Area trails and I’m really excited to run in new places and hopefully to get the group growing over the year!
9) Spectating Western States – June
My fascination with ultras gets worse every week and this year, I’m determined to sort out a camping weekend in Auburn and to spectate the Western States. Anyone coming with me?
10) Berry Creek Falls Half-Marathon – June
This is one of the races I’m MOST excited about in 2014. 13.1 miles of beautiful trails in spectacular Big Basin park. I suspect there won’t be any waterfalls to see when I get there, but this is the race that gets my heart pounding when I think about it.
11) Le Tour de France – July
My favourite sporting event. Until two years ago, there had never been a British winner and BAM we’ve had two in successive years. It’s going to be cracking!
12) IronMan Canada – July
I am dying to see the Husband hopefully cross the finish line of his first IronMan. I get weepy just thinking about it!! I’m also REALLY excited about our trip to Whistler and the beauty of the mountains up there!
13) September with the Parents
My parents are hoping to come out for a WHOLE FLIPPING MONTH! I’ll say no more or I may explode!
America does Fall so well…pumpkins, front-door-decorating, Halloween, foliage, pumpkin muffins and fancy coffees. Whilst I’m not wishing the year away and am excited about summer, I can’t help but look forward to those Autumn days!
What are you looking forward to in 2014!