What. A. Year. Wow. Is it just me or has the year just blown by? I can’t believe the year I have had. Two trips to Walt Disney World. My dream marathon in London! A very difficult 50K! This year has been full of awesomeness all around. So, I want to take a few moments and share my thoughts on 2017.

Sharpie shares his thoughts on his 2017 year!

Mental Health

Late 2016, I shared publicly that I was battling with anxiety and depression. That depression rolled into 2017. However, I found a great deal of peace and happiness while at Walt Disney World in January for Dopey Weekend. I learned what it meant to practice REAL self-care. Really be present with oneself and doing the introspective work. Feeling the feels and working through “it”. That was a huge win. While in December I still have my share of struggles, given some of the great things that have happened in my life…my struggles are much easier to manage and deal with. I am feeling much better about life these days.


What can I say about London that I haven’t already said! That race was AMAZING! This was my dream marathon in my dream city and I lived the life fantastic! What an experience! If you ever get the chance you MUST run this race! In 2018, we go live in BERLIN!

Team Skechers

I have been fortunate enough to have footwear and apparel companies want to partner with me and sponsor me over the years. It’s truly a blessing and I never take that for granted. Ever. I have said for YEARS that I wanted to work with Skechers Performance. I love their GoRun 3 shoe and wanted to be part of the action. Well, this year I got my chance! They approached me with enthusiasm and signed me for the year! AND they signed me for 2018! I LOVE this team and Skechers Performance! They make me super happy.

This one is a little tricky. Go with me. This year, I learned about my mental capacity and availability for situations, circumstances, and environments. I learned I just do well in smaller settings rather than large groups. I actually tend to freak out a little bit internally. But being “me” (whatever that means) means that I have a responsibility at times to host and engage. I never want to come off rude or unapproachable. I learned to manage myself and my relationships MUCH better, which in turn has made me happier. I say no to things. I manage my own expectations, and love much harder because I have more attention and love to give now than ever before. Truly, thank you everyone for growing with me. I know I  am different and an odd duck, but I appreciate YOU! Also…I have the best running friends and family ever. Like EVER.

I could go on and on about the year. The races. The naps. The snacks. But my Instagram will tell that story. For now, I will relax and enjoy the holidays with my loved ones and get back to 2018 with a smile on my face ready for the world! Be blessed everyone and I’ll see you next year!


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