What a year! 2011 is the year I became a runner! If you told me a year ago that I would be typing this, I would have laughed at you! The idea of running in the Disney Princess Half Marathon just came to me one day in mid-January. I knew that I need a big goal to get me moving to lose weight. Since I love all things Disney, the Princess Half was a perfect fit for me. From the day I made this my goal I put myself on this path. I started running at the gym the next day…and, as they say, the rest is history.
Running has given me a confidence I never knew before. I have witnessed my body do things that I never thought I was capable of. I have made some the wonderful and supportive friends, some I know I will be friends with forever. I have found a new way to bond with my sisters. I can never thank running enough for all of the things it has given me.
I have done several races this year, in length from 5ks to 10 milers. My very first race every was in June. It was the Baltimore Women’s Classic. I had no idea what to expect, but had a great time. From that time on, I was hooked! I decided then that I would try to do one race each month for the rest of the year. I am happy to report that I accomplished that goal. In July I did the Full Moon Run, then in August I did the York Rail Trail 10 miler. This was my most difficult race to date, but I did it! Finishing gave me so much confidence in my abilities as a runner. I knew that if I could finish the 10 miler in the August heat, I would be fine to finish the Princess Half—my ultimate goal. I finished out the fall with the 9/11 run, the Wrightsville Bridge Run and the Turkey Trot. As long as weather permits, I will do doing a New Year’s Eve run to finish out the year, and get 2012 started on the right foot.
Looking back on all of these accomplishments, I am truly amazed where this year has taken me. To celebrate, I registered today for the 2012 Baltimore Women’s Classic. It was my first race ever, any my favorite (the swag bag was amazing!). My ultimate goal—finishing the Disney Princess Half Marathon will be accomplished in just eight weeks! All of this hard work over the past year has been very worth it!
Where did 2011 take you? Was this expected or unexpected? What would you change if you could?
A dream is a wish…