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?

9 Comments on Just Watch Me

  1. That’s so exciting! You’ll do great! Just because of the cost of the races, I won’t be able to do 10, but my goal is to do at least 3 but I’m hoping for 4, one of which will be a 10K. I need to get my butt moving and start looking up some races I would like to do, so I can plan it out.

    As for your 10th, it’s hard to say since I don’t live in FL and don’t know too many of the races, but maybe you can a 10K since that’s not on your list yet, or a night race. We have one near us and I think it would be tons of fun, It’s one of the races I’m thinking about doing

  2. I’m so excited for you and will live vicariously through you. I’m way too scared to attempt something like this and think it’s pretty amazing that you are doing it!!!!

  3. Great race schedule, Nanci! I absolutely love the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half. I can’t wait for it! I hope to see you at the Best Damn Race (I’m doing the 10K), Rock ‘n’ Roll, Iron Girl and the Women’s Half. :c)

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