2016 – I’m Coming For You

Welcome to the end of another fantastic year.

2015 was filled with ups and downs of a personal and fitness nature.
2015 was filled with happiness and sadness of a personal and fitness nature.dribbble-newyearnewyou_1x2016 will most likely also be filled with ups, downs, happiness and sadness of both a personal and fitness nature.

Ultimately it’s how you view the outcomes of each and handle the present matter of them that determines success of failure.

2015 had family members dealing with health crisis after health crisis and myself dealing with injury from being read ended on a snowy Sunday afternoon. It also had me dealing with a horrible job at the start of the year but by summer feeling like I had come home when I started a new job.

But I overcame them. I was there for my family when they needed me.  I got out of a bad career situation and into a much more positive one.

I also ran. I used it as an outlet, as therapy, as a way to champion for myself.

I dealt with bad race day conditions, mental breakdowns and injuries but over came them to finish all the races I started and hitting goals I set for myself.

2016 will only get better.  Still loving my job, although I could deal with less stress – but, I mean, who couldn’t, right?

I am registered for the 2016 United NYC Half Marathon having completed the New York Road Runners 5 Borough Series. I have a goal in my head that I will keep between and my personal trainer because if I don’t put it out there, I won’t be disappointed if I fall short…..though I am sure at some point I will announce it!

I am also gearing up for my first full marathon in 2016 – through the NYRR 9+1 program I qualified for entry in to the 2016 NYC Marathon!  In my head, training has already begun.

I am setting my fitness goals, which to me really are the only 2016 New Years ‘Resolutions’ that matter. I am lining up ways to achieve what I have set in my mind. I am scheduling workout session and runs and classes so I don’t skip or flak out on myself.

Sweet Workout AmbassadorI am also THRILLED to announce that I am a part of the #sweetworkout Ambassador program moving forward.  What excites me the most is the sharing, bonding, community that will help me stay on track to meet my goals while working with others to stay on track and meet their goals. Together we will conquer the fit world in 2016!

What Makes You A Runner?

So 2013 has been all about finding myself as a runner.  I wouldn’t call myself an athlete, but I would say I make athletic attempts on a fairly frequent basis.  I was involved in gymnastics and softball as a child, I did swimming in high school and always signed up for the club teams with my college sorority.  So needless to say, my athletic attempts have been many.  Growing up, a couple of my cousins were runners in local events, I even went to cheer them on.  Through all their attempts, running was the one sport I just couldn’t get my brain to focus on.  Personally, I think it was the solo aspect of the sport.  I find that I am much more of a team athlete.  I thrive on the enthusiasm and encouragement from my teammates, and even the jeers from the opposing teams (yes, I played adult kickball a few times).  But running has always been a goal of mine.  Every few years I make solid attempts at overcoming the obstacles in my way, and yes those obstacles would be myself and my individual runner focus.

Well, towards the end of 2012 I made the decision that 2013 would be the year I became a runner.  I started with the C25k (via the run double app: www.rundouble.com) and even signed up for my first 5k in April – the JFK Runway 5k (www.jfkrunwayrun.org)!  I was doing it, I was going to become a runner.   I found a local running store (www.runnersedgeny.com) and got fitted for sneakers, I even bought all the clothes I felt would help me succeed.  I downloaded a music app to run to, and finally joined a gym.  I was going to do this!

I completed 6 weeks of the C25k before my first 5k and I was content with that.  I was determined to cross that first 5k finish line no matter what it took.  And, well, wouldn’t you know it – I did just that.  It wasn’t the best 5k in the world, but it was my starting point, my new benchmark.  I could only go up (or down) from here.  I finished with a time of 44:17 and was damn proud of that.  The wind was brutal, it was April on a wide open airport runway after all – there would of course be strong gusts up and down the runway.  It was rough and it was hard, but at the end, tired and slightly beaten, I was proud of my accomplishment, I was proud of running across that finish line.

Along the way, back and forth of that runway, I discovered something else about running – it is a ‘team’ sport, just maybe not your standard ‘team’ definition.  Everyone on that course is your teammate, everyone around you is cheering you on and encouraging you finish that race, to cross that finish with everything you’ve got, because that is what we are all there for.  We help each other when we see someone faltering, we pick each other up with just one high five, smile or cheer along the course, we are team and for me that is enough to keep me going, to keep me looking forward to more races, to pushing myself to be better each time, and to keep crossing that finish line!

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JFK Airport still had planes landing right over our heads!  Can you imagine what the passengers must have been thinking?

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Exhausted, but I finished, and in the end – crossing that finish line is really what it’s all about!