I can truly say this now…

Well, I am proud to announce that I have, by all official rules and regulations, graduated to being a legit runner.

How do I know this?  No, it’s not because of my cool sneakers or how fast I’ve run.  Or how many miles I’ve put in (I’d still be in kindergarten if that’s how it was measured).  I know now that I’ve reached true runnerdom status because I have a toenail that is HANGING ON BY A THREAD.  It is the grossest thing I’ve ever seen and I couldn’t be more proud of it.  I will spare you a photo of this, instead I’ll give you a picture of Jingo when she was a puppy because she’s the cutest and my toenail is black just like her 🙂As I mentioned earlier, I have had a cycle growing up of getting into running and then giving up or getting hurt and giving up, but I am so pumped about doing things right and determined to reachmy ultimate goal of a marathon!

I’ve decided that I’m going to sign up for the A1A half marathon in Fort Lauderdale on February 17, 2013.  This way I will have plenty of time to train and get familiar with the course.  That will put me in a good position for a fall marathon, hopefully  NYCM if I have my way.

My workout today was a very short 3 miles before work.  It was fine, but my knee was hinting at bothering me over the weekend so I will take it easy until my 10K this Saturday.  I have strength training tomorrow, so that will hopefully help strengthen my knee and keep me injury free!  Before starting this blog, I wrote a guest post about adding strength training to help recover from running injuries here for ViewSport.  They make these sweat activated shirts with that inspire you and make you want to work out!

Here is one shot, I know judging by my photography skills you will all be knocking out my door to hire me for all of your professional photography needs.  Since I am a sweat monster my shirt now says ‘Run with Heart’.  They are really comfy too, check them out for yourself!

Ok I have found out that I have been missing an essential part of this blogging thing, questions for all of you expert runners/bloggers/coolest people out there!!!

What is a big goal that you have for yourself?

What is your marathon advice for newbie runners? Best training plans?

Tell me about your cutest pets!  I am such a sucker for animals 🙂

Happy Monday Everyone!

9 thoughts on “I can truly say this now…

  1. Dan says:

    Yeah, black toes or missing toenails altogether are definitely a badge of honor. Last Christmas I had no big toenails – over the course of the summer and fall, they had both fallen off. Took forever to regrow but I’m back to being non-hardcore. Alas!

  2. Urban Running Girl says:

    The best advice I ever received for tackling a marathon is to break it up in segments. I’m one to get overwhelmed at thinking about the entire 26.2 miles…so I try to only think of mini goals during the race. It’s helps me to put parts of the race into compartments, and when those compartments are complete, I can focus on the next one.

    • Maureen says:

      Thanks, that is great advice! I’m definitely going to try that because right now, anything more than 6-8 miles terrifies me. Breaking it up would totally help!! Hope you’re having a great day!

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