Beginning Again

So, just over a week ago was Declare It Day (Feb. 7), also known as the birth of this little blog. One of last year’s goals was to begin this blog, to put myself out there a bit more than I was, to share my stories. I have most definitely began that, but have gotten away from it a bit.

So, this Declare It Day, I declared that not only would I run a few marathons this year (and shoot for that elusive sub-4 hour time), but I would update here weekly. I think I’m over a week at this point, but beginning now, this is it. I’m doing it, I’m committing, I’m putting it out there.

So, what’s been going on with me? A few things.

Firstly, I joined a gym, with classes! And they’ve been kicking my butt. Strength training has been one of my biggest weaknesses in the past, and I’m definitely hoping to change that.

Secondly, I’ve signed up for two marathons…in one weekend. Yep. May 2nd I will run the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha, WI, and then the next day I’ll run the Borgess Marathon in Kalamazoo, MI. This is known as the “mitten challenge.” Even though I don’t really think Wisconsin is a mitten, I’ll give it to them, it’s clever. So that’s the next challenge up, and I’ve definitely been training hard for it.

Thridly, I’m team leading again for Gazelle. This is one of the biggest, most fun, and most important things in my life. This is my fourth season leading now, and while things are different, and it has been, at times, honestly, frustrating, it’s also been the bright spots in my week.

And fourthly, this past weekend, I did one of the craziest things I’ve done in quite a while. While I didn’t run the Groundhog half again this year (see previous posts to see what that was all about), I did something very Groundhog-like…I ran a half marathon on an indoor track. Around and around and around and around. 174 times. Yep. I ran in a circle for 2 hours. If that’s not mental training, I don’t know what is.

And that’s about it!

So what am I hoping for from this? For me, I don’t want it to be a chore. I want to write, I want to share stories, both mine and others’. I want to share runs and life and all things healthy. I want to hold myself accountable not only to training, but to writing.

So here goes nothing, folks. Stay tuned for more!