13 in 2013 Completed!

One of my goals for 2013 was to participate in the 13 in 2013 challenge. 13 races of varying distances completed in 2013. I'm happy to report that I DID IT!! Here is my list of races Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} January Commitment Day 5K with my 3 kids and dog February Best Damn Race 10K Gasparilla ½ Marathon Dirty Girl 5K March Citrus Trail 4 mile with my daughter Ella Purple Run for Epilepsy 5K with my 3 kids April Iron Girl Clearwater 5K Also honored as the Athleta Power to the She Winner also ran with my oldest daughter May Mother’s Day Race 5K with 3 kids and dog Color Me Rad 5K with husband and 3 kids June Running Mad 1/2 Marathon Virtual Run July Bazinga 1/2 Marathon Virtual Run September Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint 5K with my 2 daughters Iron Girl Clermont Triathlon 1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 5K October Susan G. Komen Race 5K for the cure with my mom and 3 kids November Tough Mudder 12 miles December Pretty Muddy 5K with my 3 kids   I'm really proud of myself for following through with this challenge, and have decided to do the 14 in 2014 event as well. I had so much FUN doing a lot of these races with my kids.               I had some other goals that I didn't quite complete...like learning how to braid my own hair, so I cut it off instead but overall it was a pretty successful year. How was your 2013??

Let the races begin!!

Race season officially begins for me this week. And I'm a bit nervous. I haven't been running like I was last year at this time. I was really running a lot last year, but then discovered my passion for cycling, and running took a backseat to pedaling. Add to my already reduced running schedule a slight cold with an asthma flare-up, and I haven't done much cardio in 10 days. I've been doing Pilates and walking my dog and walking on the treadmill, but nothing too difficult. I don't want to push myself and end up sick for a long time like what happened in September after the Venice Triathlon. I wasn't blogging then, but in a nutshell, I raced when I was very sick. I had strep throat and bronchitis and pushed my body too hard. It took a long time for me to recover. But here we are in 2013, and I'm ready to kick it in to high gear!! But not this week. LOL. My friend Caroline plans to take it easy too, so we'll putter around together, doing a little bit of jogging and a lot of walking, picture taking, and chatting. Sounds like a great way to watch the sunrise over Tampa Bay. Without further ado here is my race schedule for 2013: January-Commitment Day Virtual 5K (completed) February 2-Best Damn Race 10K February 9-Dirty Girl 5K March 17-Citrus Trail Run 4 miler (with my daughter Ella age 7) April 14-Iron Girl 5K (with my daughter Ella age 7) May 5 -Rocketman Triathlon June 9-Dunedin Beach Triathlon July 6-Crystal River Triathlon August 24 -Ft. DeSoto Triathlon September 14-Life's a Beach Triathlon October TBD-Squiggy's Revenge 12 Hour Adventure Race November 30-Pretty Muddy 5K December 14-Hillsborough River Quarter Marathon Why so many races?? It's all about the bling, people. All about the bling. I love bling. And the t-shirt. And the cold beer waiting at the finish line. This Saturday marks my first bling of 2013 and isn't she beautiful?? And it doubles as a bottle opener. Sweet.