So, not too terribly many years ago I would've celebrated another year with too much alcohol and food, and while I still had too much food this year, as Monday rolled around before my actual birthday, my thoughts were so different!! I thought--how can I challenge myself this week? How can I celebrate my new healthier lifestyle while also challenging myself to something new?
**LIGHTBULB** (Despicable Me reference)
34 miles!!! before the actual day, which is today. I actually in my mind allowed myself Sunday too, BUT I completed my 34th mile yesterday, so 34 miles in 5 days back to back! It's not something I'd recommend often, but as a personal challenge to myself I was proud to accomplish that! A few years ago I couldn't have run 34 miles in a month, much less 5 days.
Running has changed my life, it allows me to make new challenges for myself, be it a new distance, a speed goal, or even new terrain, it's freeing to watch myself accomplish things I never dreamed I could. It's one thing to grow up doing something and I'm super jealous of people who grew up runners and hope I can impart that on Sugar, but for me to start running in my late 20s it's an awesome feat! So this sweet goal was accomplished and my next mission is Hells Hills Trail Half in May.
I'm SUPER excited to be running Hell's Hills as our second race together with my co-writer and personal running coach, Lacey! Also running are her hubby, the ever speedy CA, and my super hardcore speedy friend, Rhonda, who pushed me to my fastest half marathon to date! Rhonda and I have a date with some trails tomorrow morning!
What's your next running goal? To get started? To run your first 5K, 10K? Let us know! We'd love to encourage you on your journey!!!
Run Happy Y'all!