Happy New Year!!!! I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. My husband and I ran the Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude here in Chattanooga. He ran the 4.4 mile main event and I did the 2.2 mile fun run. This race has been a Chattanooga New Year’s Eve tradition for 35 years but it was our first time running the event. I did pretty good with an average time of 13:26/mile and a total time of 29:24. Not a PR but very good indeed. Here are some photos of my race. I am decked out in my Swirlgear all over swirl shirt (you can’t see it though), my Swirlgear pink hoodie, my Zensah compression sleeves, Feetures Elite Merino+ wool socks and my new Nite Beams LED lighted shoelaces.
As it is the first day of 2014, I also wanted to share my health and fitness goals for the year.
Challenges. I have a couple of challenges that I am participating in this year (with more to come I’m sure). The first one is the 2014 Make A Change Challenge in January through Fitness, Health and Happiness. Basically, I am making one change to my diet for the month of January. I have decided to give up fast food for the month. I generally have a healthy diet, but the drive-thru is a weakness of mine. So no more McDonald’s and more cooking at home.
The next challenge I am doing is the 14 in 2014 Challenge, also sponsored through Fitness, Health and Happiness. I am aiming to complete a combination of 14 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathons during the calendar year 2014. I already have several planned and can’t wait to share my experiences with everyone.
Run Half marathon under 3 hours. While I am hoping for a few new PRs this year as I am finally healthy, this goal is the main one I am working towards. My current PR for a half is 3:38:xx which was my first one on a very hilly course in Nashville. While I loved my Disney races last year, they are not conducive to a PR so I would love to get under 3 hours.
Join the Half Fanatics. I am also planning on getting my Half Fanatics number this year. I am working towards the first level, Neptune, by running three half marathons within 90 days. I am scheduled to run the Scenic City Half Marathon in Chattanooga, TN in February, the GA Publix Half Marathon in Atlanta in March and the Run for God Run at the Mill Half Marathon in Dalton, GA in April. Wish me luck and no injuries.
Run this Year. Another challenge I am taking on is the Run This Year 2014 sponsored through one of my favorite running blogs, Matters of Course. I will try to run this year (2014) in kilometers – or about 1,251.4 miles. It’s going to be tough but that averages out to about 24 miles a week and I am not that far off of that amount right now. With all my races coming up this year, I am thinking that this is doable with a little work.
Lose 20lbs. I know I don’t look it, but I am about 15-20lbs. overweight according to the BMI scale (which has so many issues I hate to go by it but my doctors do so I do as well) I am hoping to get rid of these last few pounds. I already eat a fairly healthy diet so this shouldn’t be too hard considering all the extra mileage I will be putting in for my 14 races.
Blog at least 3 times a week. I want to continue to be an active blogger sharing my experiences on my healthy living and running journey.
Stress less, live in the moment and be an inspiration to others.