I have friends who are runners… they TELL me that when you run long enough… and far enough… and push through the brick wall that you reach a state of euphoria. That when it’s just you and the pavement you get completely lost in yourself and its heaven. That nothing feels as amazing as a good long run in the crisp cool air…
I’ve never reached any of those euphoric milestones but MAYBE this will be my year…. Or maybe this is the year I give it all I’ve got and discover that I am NOT in fact, “a runner.” Either way, I won’t be left with questions. And perhaps there will be some amusement for the audience.
My boys are runners. The eldest is trying out for middle school track in the spring… the youngest can’t wait to get to middle school to do the same. They thrive on their ability to run and I’m so proud of them for it.
The thing about running is that you don’t need any special equipment – save a pair of GOOD shoes – or any fancy gym memberships (although I do love going to the gym). All you need is the dedication and the drive, right? And a good sports bra or 3…
This year, I will push the boundaries of what I think I can do and ultimately, find out what I’m capable of.
This year I am stepping (pun intended?) out of my comfort zone.
This year I am going to do what others said I couldn’t. (Fine… Still say if we are being honest)
This year it’s time for ME. And I’m gonna run my ass off… quite literally.
This year, I’m committing to run 13 5Ks.
This year, nothing will slow me down.
I have other goals I’d like to achieve that running will help me to meet…. and yet, I’m slightly more than terrified at this HUGE goal. For you runners out there, this may seem small. I assure you, it is NOT. It’s a big ‘un for me.
I hope I can count on each and every one of you to help cheer me on as I attempt this feat.
Here’s the thing. I don’t know that I can really do this… I don’t want this to be something that sounded like a great idea at the time. I don’t want to leave any room for doubt that I could have given more.
What I do know is that I can’t do it without your help.
I’m counting on you to cheer me on and lift me up virtually on race days…
I’m kinda hoping you’ll join me or at the very least meet me at the finish line if you are local…
And yes, if you are in an extra supportive mood, financial donations to help offset race registration fees are being accepted.
(In most of these races, as custody schedules allow, I won’t be running alone. While I love sharing this experience with my boys, it also means I am looking at 3 registrations. It adds up quickly and there’s a Big difference between $600 and $1800-full sponsorship details here)
Check out my 2013 Race page for a complete list of the races I plan to do throughout the year (so you local peeps can plan to join me )
Most of all, if you see me talk about an upcoming race or training or anything related to running, remind me you are cheering me on. It’s a whole lot harder to quit when I know you are counting on me…. And so much easier to believe in myself when I know you believe in me.