Happy New Years Friends!
Its about 9am New Years Eve, I sit with a juice and a cold, sniffling and coughing, trying to clear my throat and head enough to start getting ready for my 5k Resolution Run tonight. I am thrilled to be running it with friends, including my wonderful hubby and my brother-in-law JP!
It is raining just a little, but very mild and I am listening to my "Half-Marathon" playlist on itunes...why, you might ask? :) To begin getting myself ready to tackle my New Year Resolutions...
Contrary to most, I love resolutions - it is a great way to challenge yourself, and as long as you are not toooooo hard on yourself if you fail them, it can be a wonderful way to make some good changes in your life...
I am making three this year - #1 is to read through the entire Bible with Stuart (though we are Bible College grads, we still feel we lack a lot of knowledge regarding the Bible and know this resolution will be a good thing in our lives)....#2 is to give up celebrity gossip for 2012 (I am a huge sucker for perezhilton and those magazines by the grocery story checkout - and I have been convicted about what a huge waste of time it is, and how bizarre it is to be interested in seeing photos of celebrity baby bumps taken without permission)....
and my 3rd Resolution is:
to run TWO Half Marathons this running season!!!!
I have already registered for my first - The Goodlife Toronto Half Marathon in May. I chose this one for a few reasons:
1. I hope to also run the Detroit Half Marathon in Oct, so with this run being in the spring, I won't have as many long training runs in the middle of summer
2. This run has a Psyching Team - I blogged about them awhile ago, it is a team of sports psychologists that bike along the route to encourage runners who seem to be struggling - I thought that seemed like a really cool idea and want to see it in action!
3. This run has a realistic pace bunny for me :) A pace bunny is a runner who will run the same pace throughout the race aiming to end at a certain time, so if you want to finish at the time he/she is than you run with them! A lot of the runs I have been in had pacers that were way too fast for me so I would get discouraged I could not keep up! This race has a pacer to finish the half marathon in 2hrs 45 minutes - which would be a HUGE difference from my first half marathon (3hrs 3min) but one I am willing to challenge! I figure if I cannot keep up with them the entire time, as long as I do for as long as possible, I am set for a new personal half marathon record!
So if you would like to join me again on this journey, I will be blogging through it again. It will be a little different, more focus on different exercises, things i am eating, things I am changing to make the run better - I would love for you to come along with me :)