I’m Addicted to Races

Seriously – I had to cut myself off because I still find myself searching for more and more to sign up for. I need (see how I do that, start justifying this by using words like “need” instead of “want”?!) to sign up for a couple 10 milers this summer/fall to help get acclimated to running long distances prior to Disney, so I’ll have to lift the moratorium at some point. Smile

It’s going to be a really fun spring (if it ever arrives!!) and summer for sure – here’s what I am currently signed up for:

Run or Dye “Fun” Run 5k – May 4th

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Photo courtesy Run or Dye

I am VERY excited for this run, because the Nelson side of the family decided at Easter to make it a family event. I’m unsure how many of us ended up signing up, but it should be around 10 people. I am such a “family” girl, so the thought of sharing a race with my family is pretty incredible.

Rave Run “Fun” Run 5k – May 10th

This should be a fun run, too, because it’s a night race and I LOVE night races. The husband and I are running this one with a friend, so it should be a blast. Glow in the dark sticks, neon lights, and a promise of an after-party also have me psyched.

Grandma’s Half-Marathon – June 22nd

Image taken from Grandma’s Half website

I am SO excited to get to experience Grandma’s this year – we were luckily selected in the lottery (I’ve read the chances of being selected are roughly 50/50), so the ability to get to run this seems even more special. I’ve heard raves about Grandma’s for years (even before I cared about running), and am so excited to see what the hype is all about. I checked and there is a net-decrease in elevation, so I’m hoping a PR will be in store for me as well.

Warrior Dash 5k Mud Run – June 29th

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This will be my second year doing the Warrior Dash – it is held at one of Minnesota’s downhill skill areas (which apparently is laughable to those from mountainous states), so nearly the entire course is straight uphill. I’m hoping that the Body Pump and additional running will help with my endurance this year as I absolutely left room for improvement last year!

Color Run “Fun” Run – July 14th

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This will be my second year doing the Color Run. It was such a blast last year, I am excited for a repeat this year!

Twilight 5k – July 27th

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This will be my second year doing the Twilight 5k, but I’m looking forward to this race because it’s a night race (hence “twilight”), and I PR-ed here last year (before PR-ing again later in the season). I’m hoping for a repeat PR this year!

Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon – November 9th

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I am most excited about this race! Not only is it in my favorite place on Earth, but, this is what got me hooked on the blogging world! Dan and I had been planning to take a trip to Disney the week of November 9th, but soon discovered W&D Half was also that weekend, so we had to race it. We will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary, so it should be a pretty special trip in more ways than one!

As you can see, I’m looking a little empty from August through October, so I’ll need (there I go again with “need” Smile with tongue out) to find a race or two to fill them up.

Happy racing and running, everyone!

What are some of your upcoming races? Is there a race you’re really looking forward to? Why?

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For Someone Who Hates Being in Pictures…

…perhaps starting a blog was a really stupid idea! Ugh…this probably should be my goal for March, huh? Two steps: #1 remember to take the pictures, and #2 get comfortable being in pictures. I always tease my friend Brenda whenever she wants to take a picture of us (she is the picture-taking queen!) because I hate being in pictures, BUT, I really love that those moments are documented to enjoy in the future.

Also, I suck at taking pictures:

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My intention in the above picture had been to document one of the last times I’m going to get to wear my penguin hat running before the cold weather leaves us (which should be VERY soon), but after four or five attempts, this was the best I could do and even it looks weird. So, I guess my picture taking goal now has three parts: #3 try to take decent-looking pictures.

Along with the picture taking, I want to start incorporating strength training into my exercise routine. I’m so bad about this because it’s not something I enjoy. I am signed up for this summer’s Warrior Dash again, and I’d like to be able to complete more of the challenges (or rather FULLY complete the challenges – I at least attempted everything last year). Hey look – I have a picture from last year’s Warrior Dash!

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Our shirts proclaimed that we “Leave No Warrior Behind”

So to summarize, in March I plan to:

1. Enjoy taking decent-looking pictures

2. Incorporate strength training into my routine

Do any of you make monthly goals? If so, please share in the comments!