WOW! Is today really March 1st? Already?
On January 6th, I turned 39. Yes, it is my last year in my thirties and I now realize that I only have 10 months and 5 days until I turn the BIG 4-0!! But, I embrace my age (even if it does come with “issues”) and try to live each day to the fullest. New experiences are exciting to me and as usual, I will step out of my comfort zone to keep trying new things.
So, one of my favorite physical activities to “do” in the winter months (actually, I love it all year but winter is the best time) is to go for a morning run. In the cold. The colder the better. I know, I’m not in the majority here but…
I was just thinking about my run yesterday. I completed a 3 mile run with 10 rounds of (HIIT) sprints and man, it felt SO good. I try to do these runs about 2 times per week. I love doing any type of HIIT workout because I am a work at home, mom of 2, super multi-tasker and even though I love to exercise and be in the gym, I would rather complete a hard workout in a short time than spend hours doing the same activity. I mean, I would love to run a marathon, because I know I could do it, I just don’t think I could mentally do it. I usually get bored around mile 8 and that is why I am setting my sights on three different challenges in 2012/2013.
The first event is going to be a sprint triathlon. Now, I already run and cycle, no problem, but the swimming part… that is going to be a tough one. And even I know, practice makes perfect, right? The scary part about the swimming, unlike the running and cycling, is that you CAN’T STOP. You have to keep swimming. So, I will start hitting the pool to practice ASAP.
The second event is the Dirty Girl Mud Run. If you are not aware of what this event is, let me tell you more. It is a 5k charity race where you get REALLY muddy and challenged with obstacles (and, did I say MUD?) while on your way to the finish line. I have joined up with some of my local friends on a team called the Chicks with Dirty Kicks. See, those who know me are laughing right now because I really HATE to get dirty so again, this is going to be a challenge for me that is out of my comfort zone. But, we are going to have a blast!
The last event that I would like to enter is the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It takes place in February 2013 at Disney World. I mean hey, combine my love of running with Disney and that is an event made in Heaven. Plus, it is only 13.1 miles long so I am hoping that the scenery will keep my attention… oh, sorry, a bird flew by.
Anyway, I will keep you posted about my progress and my training plan(s), etc….
Do you have any tips or training plans that have helped you accomplish one of these events? Please feel free to leave me a comment below.