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Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Running Recap

When I started my journey into running I was misguided at best. My sister, in Maine, called and asked my parents, my other sister and me to join her in doing #12in2012. I hadn't heard if this, I wasn't a runner, I WAS lazy & out of shape. She explained that we were to run 12, 5k's throughout the year. The only running I've ever done, really, is one 5k during the local fair in our hometown because it supports the Lions Club and my dad belongs, but I did it almost every year. I decided to join and figured what the hell I've ran before I can run again. I HAD NO IDEA...

In January I ran my first mile it took over 18 minutes. However, I didn't stop. It was personal now, I had no idea I had let myself go so much. I used to be a co-manager at a gym, I taught aerobics, step, water, an abs class. By the end of January I finished my first 5k and was kinda hooked, a friend of mine posted on twitter she couldn't make it to the Indianapolis Mini Marathon(1/2) and she was selling both of her entry's. I kind of figured if I could run 3 miles I could run 13.1 miles, so my sister here (Stephanie) and I bought the entry's and started to RUN. Somehow, someway we had gone from not running to being half marathoners in a matter of 30 days. It was a hard, long and exhausting day. We didn't make our goal, but we finished!!

I have no idea how it happened but by April we were running (gulp) long runs on the weekends, 8-9-10 milers wow if someone had told me 3 months before I would've laughed. I kind of laughed when asked to do 12 5k's... By the end of August I had volunteered at a triathlon and thought that that could be fun, it's on my list:). You could not have convinced me that I would feel the NEED to run, but I did and do. I started to get grumpy if I hadn't ran in a couple of days, just a mile or two would suffice. Now this year coming up, 2013, it's my year. I'm going to run it into the ground! I'm doing #13in2013 variety races and half of them are 10k or more, including One full Marathon. My previous post deals more in that area:).

I'm ready to tackle this year, head on, I have my schedule out until May and the excitement is like that of a child on Christmas morning. Lets do this thing:)

#runon #runhappy

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Running 13 in 2013

As I have blogged before, I am on a goal/mission to complete a Full Marathon in 2013. While on twitter one day I stumbled upon this fabulous "challenge" to run 13 races in 2013! At first I wasn't sure that I could/would join, there were several options but each one was the same race distances, like 13 5k's or 13 half marathons, and I knew I would be running several different distances. I checked back the next day, because I'm slightly obsessed with challenging myself, there was now a Variety option!!!!

Of course I signed up, I was pretty certain I already had about 6 races on my schedule. I put my name on the list and felt almost giddy with joy knowing that I was committed to fulfilling more of my goals next year:). I started going through my race calendar and I was already planning on 11 runs, not 6!!!! My first thought was, "WOW I really am a runner, I don't even realize how much I'm running anymore!" My second thought was, can I really do this? I only ran in about 6 races in 2012, 7 after Christmas Eve:), the training was less than easy but not quite hard. However, in 2012 I only ran 1 half marathon, 1! In 2013 I'm planning on at least 3 half marathons and my first full marathon!!! It's all about mind over matter for me so if I stay focused I know I can do this:).
Here's a list of what races I have planned or have already signed up for:

January 1 - virtual run 5k
January 31 - virtual 5k to honor Sandy Hook
February - valentines 5k
March 16 - Shamrock run 10k
April 6- Henry County Half Marathon
May 4- Indianapolis Mini Marathon
May 18- Dirty Girl 5k
June -
July 20- Color Run 5k
August - Gaston Lions Club 5k
September - Indianapolis Womens Half
October -
November - Indianapolis Monumental Full Marathon
December -

There are a couple of other virtual runs that I completed this year that I will likely do again, like @runwithjess #cupcakerun.

I'm really looking forward to rocking this year!!

#runon #runhappy #13in2013

Sunday, December 2, 2012

My December Challenge

On Facebook and Twitter I'm sure you've seen them, the "join us for a mile a day, 20 Burpees a day, etc". I've seen them, I've joined a few. I tried the Runners World Run Streak: run at least a mile a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I failed, already. I'm okay with failing, it makes us stronger people when we learn to fail, and GET BACK UP. From the day after thanksgiving until the first of December I only ran once. During that time I thought a lot about what I wanted out of running, where I wanted to be and how I'm in control of my health and running destiny.

My personal challenge is to run at least a mile a day from December 1 through Christmas Eve, 24 days of running whether I'm alone or with a friend. If I can do this then I know that I can complete my 2013 goals that I have set out for myself. It feels like I needed to change up the requirement for me, I wasn't ready to start when everyone else was. I'm ready now and I know that I can succeed:).

I set a goal for myself on Friday and beat it on Saturday, I just need to know that I have what it takes to be the queen of my fitness world. As a measuring "stick" I run 2 miles every now and again (more often than not lately, I'm stuck in a distance rut). I ran my first 2 mile run back in February of this year, I completed that in 30 minutes and 24 seconds. I'm still slow, but that's all relative, right? Yesterday I completed a 2 mile run in 21 min and 09 seconds!! You see it's all relative because I think taking over 9 minutes off of your time in a little less than a year is pretty darn good, and what really matters is what I think and feel. If I feel like I'm tearin' it up at a 10.5 minute mile then so be it!! Sure eventually I would love to be faster, for now though, I'm happy breaking my own PR's and feeling pretty good about it all.

So if I "fail" again, guess what. I'm going to start over and I will keep starting over until I'm satisfied. :)