Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Only 102 more days until I run the Fox Valley Marathon for the 2nd time!!!

Yes I'm counting...

To say I'm excited is an understatement.

Next Monday starts the 14 week training plan Britt has put together for me. We had a lot of success Last year so it was a no brainer to ask her to be my coach again.

The joy I felt in my heart that day in mid September is something I cherish and think of often, and chokes me up each time I remember that race and the training leading up to it.

Being surrounded by friends and family on race day was the icing on the cake of a near perfect day.

As I dive head first into training for Fox Valley, I'll remember the pure bliss I felt last year and how freaking awesome it was to celebrate 14 weeks of focused hard work.

Photo by Kim

I've half-assed too many races to count. Sure, running a race is fun but seeing results because of putting in a dedicated effort is so much sweeter and satisfying. Running is my hobby and in the grand scheme of the running world, I'm mediocre at best. With that being said, I strive for excellence in nearly every aspect of my life because to live any other way and "coast" through life and be mediocre is not for me. I always want to be improving and growing.

Zooming towards the finish with a huge ass smile on my face. Pure bliss. FVM 2012

I've got a goal for Fox Valley 2.0 which is part of an even larger goal. The only thing holding me back from achieving and surpassing these goals is me. Only I can run the miles, put in the effort and reap the benefits of what I sow. If I make excuses, the goals won't happen and I have no one to blame but myself for failing.

Monday is the beginning of the next journey where I push the boundaries of my comfort zone and I couldn't be more excited.

•The registration for marathon #8 is complete.

•The hotel has been reserved.

•My daad's plane tickets have been booked so he can spectate again.

All that's left now is to run and enjoy every freaking step over the next 14 weeks.

102 days to go!

- xaar


  1. I will be there to run my third half. I might walk, but I am hoping to break my PR from year 1. Last year coming off of injury, proved I was still injured. Also I get to see Britt on Mondays...:) You can be jealous or come out and motivate me!

  2. It sounds like a great race! 102 days will fly by. :-)

  3. I love love loved that race! So excited for this training cycle for you - wishing you all the best as you CRUSH your goals this year! :)

  4. This is so the right attitude to enter into your training with! I'm really inspired, and like the idea of the race being a celebration of all of your had work!

    I probably shouldn't be thinking about training for next time before I even do my first half, but I really hope I can take a cue from you for half #2. I went into my training with some excitement, but also felt a little like it was going to be really hard, not fun, and maybe something I couldn't do. Good luck as your start your training next week!

  5. You got this! Enjoy the journey. :)

  6. YAY! FVM Version 2.0!!! I am so excited for you! And wow! What you were saying does really resonate with what I was thinking today... are we on the same wavelength? It is so fun to do races, but yes, so much more rewarding to put in the hard work and achieve a goal or just have a damn great race. I am excited to following your training with Britt and see what she has you up to this time! :)

  7. Good luck! I know you'll do awesome!!!