Double Digits

11I am two weeks away from my goal race of the Her Half Marathon on June 26. The last 3 weeks, I have been doing double digits for my Saturday long training runs. I am still in awe of myself for hitting these HUGE milestone!

As I look back on this journey here are some things I have learned.

  1. To help make your goal a reality, you must vocalize it. By telling people about your goal, it helps keep you accountable.
  1. I have some pretty incredible friends and family who have been amazing in giving me the encouragement I needed and words of support along the way to keep going.
  1. Doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, the point is you are doing it. Your butt is off the couch, you are being physically active to better your health and creating life long healthy habits.
  1. Learn to love the body you are given. Did I drop 50lbs from running? No, in actuality the number on the scale barely moved, but I am ok with that. I feel stronger, my body is allowing me to do something I never thought possible, and for that no matter the shape or size of it, I have learned to love who I am inside and outside.
  1.  Running is more mental than physical. If you get in your own head with negative thoughts, all those aches and pains you are experiencing will take over. Strong mind, strong body.
Foundations Training Run Team before our 12 mile run at Fireman's Park in Verona.

Foundations Training Run Team before our 12 mile run at Fireman’s Park in Verona.

I started this journey on January 9th and it is hard to believe I am two weeks away from making it a reality. I am so grateful for my fellow Foundation Training run members and Coach Flo for helping me get this far.  I have put in the work, and next week is our taper week to absorb everything we have done so far and gear up for race day. I look forward to towing the line on June 26 and run, walk or crawl…. I will make it across that finish line!

I am Running a 1/2 Marathon……

These are words I thought I would never utter. Over the past ten years I have worked behind the scenes of some pretty incredible running events including the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, Door County Triathlon, Fall 50 and Bellin Run.

I have seen the pure joy and excitement of people of all shapes, sizes and abilities cross that finish line and accomplish their dream. Over those ten years, deep down, I hoped to one day have that same feeling….. the problem, I hate running!

imageTen months ago I moved to Madison after living in Green Bay for 23 years. I think this was the catalyst I needed to give me the confidence to try. On Christmas eve I lost my uncle to a short battle with cancer. With the loss of a loved one and the start of a new year, you start to look at your life and it is a reminder to live life to the fullest, take chances and don’t wait to check off those “bucket list” items.

December 27, 2015 I signed up for the Her Half Marathon in Madison. Having the courage to sign up is half the battle. Now to put together a plan to help me go from behind the scenes to crossing that finish line.

Hope you enjoy reading about my journey.