I ran into an old friend, Judy Sedwick, while grabbing coffee today. Judy is special for many reasons – she lights up any room she enters, has a gift for sparkling conversation, and give great hugs. She’s also one of the founders of the Gold Nugget Triathlon (GNT), the longest running all female triathlon in the country.
Back in the day, I was a runner. I ran when I was happy. I ran when I was sad. I ran on sunny days and on snowy days. I ran on good days, on bad days, and days that were just…days. But somewhere along the way, I lost the right to call myself a runner – after all, you have to run regularly to earn the title.
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. The horribly coined term “Thanks-getting.” Even Santa Claus. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the holidays were all about THINGS. Buying things, giving things, getting things: Americans expect to receive an average of 12.9 gifts. This is, of course, a boon to the retail industry; Americans will each spend approximately $700 on holiday related items this year, totaling more than $465 billion (it’s also a boon to the debt industry, as the holidays lead to credit card overspending by an average of 16 percent).
Confession: I don’t really like watching most sports. I even have a limited attention span for the Olympics, but this year was different. This year, like many Alaskans, I was riveted by the U.S Women’s Ski Team and their history-making potential.