This year (and the end of 2010) has been an amazing chance to rediscover my love for running.
I went from not being able to run a mile to running a 5K every month to running 10K's. I went from huffing and puffing and feeling like I want to die after a half mile to feeling energized after 6 miles. I went from 284 to 233 as I write this. Tears of agony and defeat turned into feeling inspired and motivated.
2011 was about running for fitness, for weight loss, and to get my life back on track. I ran a 5K every month (with a few 10K's sprinkled in toward the end) so I could have consistency and accountability in my life. Even when I would have a crappy month, I would still push myself, if even for a day.
2012 will take this momentum to the next level. It will be about running to push myself to my limits. For the love of running. To see what I am capable of. And not to run races just to run races - to find ones that I will remember for the rest of my life.
My race schedule for 2012 is already filling up. Here's what I've committed to so far.
January - Once my credit card turns over to next month, I am booking a flight to Florida and doing the Warrior Dash
March - I will be running the Canyonlands 5 Mile race in Moab, UT surrounded by the beauty of Arches National Park
May - Today, I just signed up for my first half marathon. Colorado Half Marathon in Fort Collins - named the most scenic and fastest race in America. Training starts in February.
June - I will be doing the Tough Mudder - a 10+ mile race up the side of a mountain with crazy obstacles.
2012 is going to be a big year for my running. Hopefully my body got the memo and can keep up. I'm looking forward to the adventures...
...one mile at a time