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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day - 2013 Edition

So I created this blog so many moons ago with great expectations and goals...and figured that National Running Day 2013 might be a fitting day to start blogging.

While many of my grand running ideas didn't come to fruition between then and now, those same lofty goals remain.  My ultimate goal would be to complete the 50 State Half Marathon Challenge.  That's right folks - 50 states, 50 half marathons.

When I originally came up with the idea for this blog, I was totally gung-ho and ready to race the Swamp Stomp Half, the Goofy Challenge in Disney and so many other races.  Then this thing called life got into the way.  But what I learned through it all is that life happens and sometimes your route just might have to take a detour.

Anyhoo, my main reason in starting this blog, other than to chronicle the journey on my goal to running 13.1 miles in all 50 states, was hopefully to inspire people to run and show that ANYONE can do it.  You can always here me saying "If I can do, you can do it."  And one of the reasons I always say it is because...I'M SLOW.  Running for me got fun once I realized no matter how hard I tried, I was never going to be one of the top finishers.  I was never going to win a race.  I will most likely never qualify for Boston.  What winning for me now means is crossing the finish line - all glorious 13.1 miles - and still being able to stand. I love the thrill that crossing that line gives me...that satisfaction of hard work paying off and accomplishing a challenge.  And the challenge is my own and no one else's.  So when those Kenyans are finishing their race in an hour, while I'm still maybe at mile four...I'm totally content on finishing in whatever time is on the clock.

With all that being said, my first race in a LONG TIME is coming up.  While it's not a half marathon, it's still running.  It's the George Washington Bridge 10K Challenge.  ...and to boot, I really haven't run much lately so this will be interesting!  I "ran" a pathetic four miles the other day in some hot weather.  But again, what matters is that I DID IT!  And how cool will it be to say I've run over the GWB...I'm sure lots of people would (except those trying to use the bridge to cross over into New York...sorry folks).

Also, with it being National Running Day, I registered for another half marathon.  Going to run in the Rock'n'Roll Providence Half Marathon on 9/29/13.

Now...go get your run on.

Today's Workout:  Running Around at a Press Conference, Zumba

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