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I write the post to you from the comforts of my brand new, bubblegum pink snuggie, the most amazing and heartfelt Christmas present I’ve ever received, picked out by my 5 year old son. Yes, I actually requested this infomercial wonder, and I’m pretty sure it just about killed the little dude to NOT tell me what was in that box before I opened it on Christmas morning, as he was so excited to fulfil my request. Christmas was exactly what I hoped it would be: I spent time with my family, watched the magic of “Santa” in my children’s eyes, I ate a lot, drank too much, and enjoyed every second of it. I hope you all had an equally as amazing holiday weekend.
So, you know, 2012 is just a few days away. According to the Mayans and Hollywood, we’ve only got one more year left before the great Apocalypse, so we better live it up. And as I mentioned last week, LIVE is what I fully intend to do this year.
Buuutttttt I wouldn’t be an obsessed runner without even a loose race schedule and/or fitness goals. It is really fun to look back at the end of next year and see what you have checked off your list. It’s also fun(ny) to look back at the things you didn’t even come close to attempting and wonder “what was I thinking?” as well as fill in the blanks with random things that you did accomplish that you never even dreamed of putting on the list.
And so, since the trend seems to be “blog your New Year goals”, here goes nothing:
–run 2012 miles. Since it’s 2012 and all. Back up plan (in case of unforeseen stupid injuries at ridiculous mud runs because it’s happened before) 1,012 miles.
–do a real pull-up. Just one will do. Yes, I hope to march up to that assisted pull up weight machine, lift up the bench because I won’t need it, and knock out a pull up, or even two. And feel totally bada$$ when I do. (Don’t laugh at my toothpick arms)
For me this year is all about going with the flow, both from a stress free point of view, and a now single mom who has to figure out child care and finances even more so than I did before point of view. For the most part, race requirements are as follows:
Local (within 3 hours) Cheap. Race morning packet pickup is ideal (less time away from the kids, the better!)
I’ve been very blessed to have some of these races sponsored, which totally helps with the cost factor. And even though my location parameters are small, there are A LOT more races in New England than I ever suspected. So here’s what I’ve got so far (only a few are set in stone)
1/29 Tinkerbell half marathon, Anaheim CA. Ok that goes against all three of the above rules. But I committed before all of this chaos uprooted my whole world, so to CA I must go. I feel kind of silly flying across the country right now, but at the same time, I know the fundraising has been for an amazing cause, and I can’t wait to see one of my besties, Hope, and run through the West Coast version of the most magical place on earth! Speaking of, I’m about $900 from my fundraising goals. I’m about to start begging 😉 so if you are looking to make an end of the year charitable donation (and tax deduction!) please consider helping out. Let’s kick cancer’s a$$ together, for good! http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/tinkerb12/runfastermommy
3/3 Heather’s 30th Birthday Ultra. Here in Keene. No packet to pickup. No race entry fee. Grandma will babysit as she rolls her eyes and worries that I’ve lost my mind (long time ago, ma). The goal is 50 miles, but a 50K will suffice if any extreme (though probably quite normal for this location) weather conditions appear (I’m a giant pansy in the snow). Pacers wanted and welcome. My mom makes a mean jello-cake.
4/21 Blue Ridge Marathon, Roanoke VA. They invited me, I couldn’t pass it up. Toughest road race in the world? Yes please! This will be one of two “travel” races this year. Destination if you will, (sounds so fancy). My only hope is to finish this beast in a respectable time.
5/6 New England Tough Mudder, Mt. Snow, VT. I’m working on my ankle strength already. I don’t even know what to say, other than, I hope I don’t die. In a sick, twisted way, I can’t wait for this challenge 🙂
5/27 Vermont City Marathon, Burlington VT. Was totally bummed when I got hurt at the Warrior Dash back in 2010 and had to sit on the sidelines of this race. From what I saw as a spectator, it was a beautiful course with tons of crowd support. I’m excited, even for that mile long hill . I think this will be my “A” race of the year. Hoping to PR, even with the mountains
7/1 LoziLu Women’s Mud Run, Boston MA. A dailymile friend and his cohorts designed this race, and frankly I think it’s a fantastic idea. I’m certain a stark difference from the Tough Mudder, but tons of dirty fun all the same. I’m really looking forward to this one, and hoping I can round up some girlfriends to join me!!
9/30 Clarence DeMar Marathon, Keene NH. How can you NOT run a marathon that runs through your hometown (and almost practically by your house?) The answer is: you can not. So I’ll be there.
Non fitness goals:
Live. Love. Be the best mom I can be. Do not let the past dictate my future. And be thankful, for each day is a blessing, and everyday has something beautiful in it, if only I choose to see it. I promise to never forget that!
Happy New Year my friends, be SAFE this weekend!
I’d love to hear about your 2012 goals or races, feel free to share!