Looking back at 2012, it was my first year of “official” races. I was hooked after my first one. As of the end of the year, I did a total of six races. Had I not been injured or sick, I would have completed ten. My goal for 2013 is to complete TEN races, three of them being half-marathons.
When I registered for the Rock N’ Roll Half last January, just weeks before the event, I thought I was nuts. That event alone proved to me how strong I really am. And when I did the Women’s Half in November, I was afraid I would not enjoy it as much as the first one. I could not have been more wrong. That one was harder – both mentally and physically – but again I was reminded that I can do anything I set my mind to. The minute I crossed the finish line, I was already thinking about the next one.
Hubby thinks I am obsessed with races and he’s probably right. If you’ve never done one, it’s hard to explain the feelings and excitement that go along with it. I don’t do it for the t-shirt or the medals, even though I LOVE the medals and proudly display them. I do it for ME. To prove to myself that I can do it. To push myself a little harder and a little farther than I normally do. To be a part of something big. It’s a rush, no doubt about it.
These are the races I am already signed up for this year:
- 01/12/13 – Glow Run 5K, St. Petersburg, FL
- 02/02/13 – Best Damn Race 5K, Safety Harbor, FL
- 02/10/13 – Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL
- 02/24/13 – Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, Tampa, FL
- 04/14/13 – Iron Girl Half Marathon, Clearwater, FL
Of all of these, I am most excited about the Rock N’ Roll Half. It will forever hold a place in my heart as the first half-marathon I ever did and was a true indicator of what races meant for me.
I am also afraid of one- the Iron Girl Half Marathon. It goes over the bridge to Clearwater Beach and that will seriously mess with my time. But I am up for the challenge.
These are the races for the fall that I want to do but I am not yet signed up for them:
- 11/24/13 – Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL
- 11/30/13 – Pretty Muddy Mud Run 5K, Tampa, FL
- 11/28/13 – Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, Clearwater, FL
- TBD – The Color Run, St. Petersburg, FL
That’s 9 races. I need one more!! Which one should I do? I would like it to be a timed 5K event.
I am so excited for 2013 and for facing challenges that come my way. JUST WATCH ME!
How many races do you plan to do in 2013? What should my 10th race be?