I had three New Years’ resolutions for 2015:
1. Not to have my heartbroken (so far so good)
2. Not to be homeless (there was a close call on that one…)
3. To run 12 races in 12 months
Since the third goal was the only fully serious and fully measurable goal I’ve been making the most chartable progress on its completion. Today I am sharing four of the races I’ve completed so far as well as my “timeline” for completing my full resolution. Yay for being goal oriented right?!
One: Calistoga Pretty Muddy 5k
I ran this fun obstacle based 5k in California with my friend Kaila. It was Kaila’s first ever race so she was nervous but of course did a really great job! We actually ended up getting really competitive and won the race! We were both kind of freaking out (and soaking up our 15 minutes of fame) because neither of us had ever won a race before. It was silly though because it totally WAS NOT a competitive event and we were probably the youngest people participating-nonetheless we pranced around all day pretending we were olympic athletes (naturally).
Two: Sarva 5k
I ran the Sarva 5k at the University of Washington with my best friend Nicole. It was Nicole’s first ever race (sensing a trend here? haha) and I was excited when she asked me to run it with her because the cause (domestic violence and sexual assault) is so close to my heart. The race was on a sunny Saturday morning around the University of Washington campus. Nicole and I took it easy and chatted and laughed the whole time. Afterward we met up with our boys for brunch and grapefruit mimosas. It was the perfect way to end the race!
Three: Tinkerbell Half Marathon
I could not dream up a better half marathon than one put on by Disney! The Tinkerbell half marathon was my second Disney run and it did not disappoint. Disney, as you can imagine, puts on such a beautiful race with so much attention to every magical detail. Even though I did not train for this run nearly as much as I should have I had the best time running with my Aunt. I have run every half marathon I’ve ever done with my Aunt Jenn, we always match or coordinate outfits. I love racing with her, she’s an inspiration!
Four: Seattle Brunch Run 5k
I ran the Seattle Brunch Run 5k with my friend Kaija and Jordan (it was his first race, seriously a trend here). I knew I had to sign up for the race when Kaija sent me the link and I read you received mini brunch items and mimosas after the race. The run was held at Seattle’s beautiful Magnuson Park and the weather could not have been more sunshine-y and gorgeous! We really got to enjoy the gorgeous weather because I accidentally forced us to arrive at the race 2 hours before it started (I thought it started at 7:30 and it really started at 9:30, oops). Luckily Kaija and Jordan didn’t seem to mind so we spent a few hours sipping Starbs in the grass, stretching and soaking up the sunshine. The post race mimosas were delicious (of course) and the brunch treats were such a cute perk.
I’ve had so much fun working towards my 12 races in 12 months goal so far. I know I seem a little behind since it is already June and if I were to follow a 1 race per month schedule I would have 5 races complete by now but when I created the goal I expected I would run more of the races in summer/fall (the best weather in Seattle) and fewer in winter (SO MUCH RAIN) so I consider myself right on track. I’m running another race with Kaija and Jordan this Sunday and could not be more excited for it. I really like to sign up for races with fun themes or perks and I created my goal to encourage myself to explore more of the great races Seattle has to offer.
Did you create any New Years’ Resolutions? How are they going so far?