2016 End of the Year Race Recap

Welcome to my 2016 End of the Year Race Recap!!

Can you believe this year has come and  almost gone?  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and could spend it with love ones and friends.

I ran seven races total this year and all of them had a great cause.  Running these races for special charities helps me find the motivation to complete the race and the inspiration to continue signing up for more races.

Shamrock Commit to Prevent Child Abuse, 5K (March 5th)

The goal of this race was to raise 10,000 dollars for the prevention of child abuse.            Total Time: 41:20

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Pacing for Pieces 5K (March 12th)

This is my second time running this race.  It’s for a great cause, a race to raise money for Autism Research and Support.   Total Time: 41:47

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Diva Myrtle Beach Half Marathon (May 1st)

This was my second half marathon.  It was a very hot day in Myrtle Beach on this day.  This was a fun race and I will be running in the 5K next year.  This race is to sponsor Breast Cancer.  The Breast Cancer Charities of America (iGoPink) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. iGoPink’s central focus is to educate, empower and encourage all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.  Join iGoPink as they press forward in the fight against breast cancer!  YOU can help make a difference in the lives of women and patients who are battling breast cancer.   This is a race that is done in many different states.  Check out the web site and sign up for one of the events TODAY!! http://www.runli
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  Total Time: 3:49

National Trails Day 5K (June)

This was a repeat race for me.  I enjoy participating in this race because this is the running trail that I use for my race training.  It was another hot day so I was struggling towards the end of the race.  This race is for the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day which is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June.   http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/general-information-national-trails-day/   Total Time: 46

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Morning News Forget Me Not 5k Color Run (August 20th)

This was an inaugural race and my first color run.  The race was to help raise money to help fund Alzheimer research.  Total Time: 45:04

Disney Wine & Dine 10K – Inaugural (November)  presented by MISFIT

This runDisney event was a race through Epcot, Disney Boardwalk and backlot.  This was my third runDisney race and my first 10K through Disney.  There is plenty to see along the course, Disney entertainment, characters to take photos with and spectacular scenery.

5K Split: 46:45    Total Time: 2:11

Florence Turkey Trot 5K (November 24, 2016)

A race I have always wanted to do was the Turkey Trot.  Why not burn off some calories the morning of Thanksgiving.   Total Time: 46:07

Hope you enjoyed my race recap for this year.  Two of my top goals in 2017 will be to increase my speed and get healthy (lose weight).   I am not going to sign up for another race until I can get my speed up.  I am not going to be doing a runDisney race in 2017.  Instead I will be training to do a runDisney challenge for 2018.  February 24th & 25th of 2018 I am planning on running in the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  This will be this runDisney race event 10th year anniversary.    These races will start/finish in Epcot.  This will be a 19.3-mile adventure held over two days.  On Saturday, February 24th, I will run in the Disney Enchanted 10K, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday, February 25th.   When you complete both races, you will be awarded the Glass Slipper Challenge medal in addition to the Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.  I realize that this will get a big challenge but one that I am willing to work towards.

Please continue to follow my blog to track my progress and feel free to comment with any feedback or suggestions.

Happy running!!!

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Found my passion for running….

In the beginning of 2013 I found my passion for running.  I’m not a strong runner, I’m not the fastest runner, I’ll never be one of the top runners but I don’t care.  I love to run!  At first it was hard and I took lots of breaks and would get frustrated that I couldn’t run very far.  I kept going and slowly my endurance began to build.  Running makes me happy and feel good about myself.  I like the feeling of accomplishment after completing a race. 

I finished the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World on February 23, 2014.  Disney Princess Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile course through the most magical place on earth including Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® Park.  Along the course you can stop and take photos with your favorite Disney characters. There was also bands, high school cheering squads, DJs, dancers, and lots of volunteers & entertainment along the course to distract you from the miles.  My sister and niece also ran the marathon, I could not have done it without them, and we encourage and motivate each other to run that extra mile.

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I wanted to create this blog so that I could keep up with my success and hopefully help others on their road to success with fitness and a healthy lifestyle.  I was not always this healthy and motivated about going to the gym and running for fun.  About a year ago I was more than 50 pounds heavier than I am now.   After a visit to my doctor last February I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.  I had been feeling sluggish and had no energy to do anything.  I had gained a lot of weight over the last few years, I was the biggest I’ve ever been.  I had to make the decision to change my eating habits and to begin exercising on a regular basis.  I was determined to lose weight and get healthy! 

Be Inspired… 

 Never give up on yourself. If you fall, get back up and start again. You are always going to have weak moments when you eat that piece of cake or treat yourself to a Frappuccino. That’s OK! Just make eat­ing healthier a lifelong change, and make the treats an exception to the rule and not the norm. In addition to exercise you can change your eating habits to healthier choices. Try replacing soda with water, and add fruit and raw vegetables as midday snacks. Never skip a meal, and don’t eat a late dinner. It is important to set new goals for yourself to achieve contin­ually.  Little extra steps in your day can make a big difference in the end. Take those stairs at work – or even on vacation – instead of the elevator. When you feel like quitting, ask yourself why you started. Remember, God has given us one body to last us during our lifetime. We need to exercise and keep it healthy! 

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”. – Hebrews 12:1

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