Wednesday, June 4, 2014

National Running Day, 2014!

It's National Running Day! A day where everyone (well maybe not everyone) grabs a pair of sneakers and heads out the door for a run!

Basically, it's a day to celebrate running!

I'm pretty sure I didn't run on National Running day last year, I had just recently found out I was pregnant, and had just gotten clearance to run. Fun fact, on National Running Day 2013 we had our first Ultrasound, her little beating heart was the most beautiful sound i'd ever heard.

So, to celebrate national running day I thought I'd share again my running story.

In January 2012, my husband and I had made a commitment to get healthy. We began walking around our local golf course with our two dogs each morning. We'd started to lose a few pounds and were motivated to continue.

One morning in March an older (large) man ran by us. I was so inspired (okay, I was totally embarrassed that I couldn't do that) that I took off running. I ran as fast as I could for as long as I could and when it was over ... I didn't hate it.

I'm pretty sure it was my first "runners high".

So excited about my new found ability to run, I told a co-worker all about it. She was excited for me, and encouraged me to register for the Expedition Everest Challenge. Reluctantly, we registered and did it!  (post here).

Completely hooked on running through my favorite place ever, I registered and trained for the Princess Half Marathon. Now that I was in love with running, I needed to complete the 13.1 distance! So, February 2013 I did it! (post here)

I'd also won an entry to the Clearwater Iron Girl half on a friends blog, so in April of 2013, I completed my second half marathon! (post here).

In April of 2013 we had our sights set on completing the Goofy Challenge in 2014, so we registered for goofy! We were going to run 39.3 miles in 2 days at Walt Disney World, Florida!

As you all know, I did not run the Goofy Challenge in January of 2014.

Instead, I gave birth to the most beautiful girl in the world. I do find it quite funny that I wrote THIS post, comparing nine months of pregnancy to the nine months I was going to train for the challenge.

You all know how I ran throughout my entire pregnancy (up to 37 weeks), and gave birth to the most beautiful girl in the world.  So I won't talk about running pregnant.

But, where are we now with my training? What are my next goals for running?

In 2014 I will continue to train for the Goofy Challenge (2015 edition). I'm turning 30 this year and I want to run a race for my birthday, but I haven't registered for one yet (It's not until December).

2016, i'd like to take a year off of Run Disney. It's quite expensive, and so I'd like to take a year and run some local races, and save up for 2017.

In 2017 we'd like to complete the coast to coast challenge! We are thinking about running the Star Wars Half in California and then the Wine and Dine half in Orlando for that year.

2018 will be our ten year wedding anniversary, and i'd LOVE to run the Honolulu Marathon.

Obviously, these goals are fluid and can be adjusted as needed. However, if you don't write down your goals, how can you keep yourself motivated to achieve them?

What is, or will be your running story?

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