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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The Magic of Mantras

A blog or two ago I had spoken about a phrase that kept me going while running races. “Strong Legs, Strong Legs.”  I did not know that there was a word for that.  The Sanskrit word “mantra” literally means “instrument for thinking.”  So what makes a good mantra? One that’s short, positive, instructive, and full of action words. It doesn’t matter if the words are spoken out loud or said only in your head, these words or phrases can have a powerful effect in giving you that extra push you need to keep going.  When running gets its toughest, relying on a running mantra, or a few simple words or phrases, can have a huge effect on how you perform mentally.

If you don’t have your own running mantra, or you’re looking for a new one, try one of these the next time you hit a rough patch during one of your runs.

“Strong Legs…Strong Legs” -This is my personal mantra that keeps me going during my runs.

“Just keep swimming..”  – Disney fans!

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“Let it go.”-  This one is cool because it can also reminds you to let all of those negative thoughts your thinking and maybe pain your feeling go away.  And for those Disney fans you can always sing this mantra, instead of just repeating it in your head.  This song is actually on my run list.

“Suck it up buttercup!”

“Strong legs, fast feet”

“Believe.” 

“Think strong, be strong, finish strong.”

On Monday, May 26, 2014 I ran in the Run for the Heroes 5K.  It wasn’t my best time but it was a really good race for a good cause.  To give thanks to all those men and women who we call HEROES for fighting for our country.

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