Happy New Year, 2013

Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Rather than make resolutions for 2013, I'm setting a goal for myself.

I used to be fairly athletic. I took dance lessons (ballet, pointe, tap, jazz) as a child and teen, took gymnastics lessons and later in life taught dance and gymnastics in Knoxville and Cincinnati part-time. I also used to keep up with gym memberships and work out a few times each week. I've never, however, been a runner.

I'm afraid of running. I've convinced myself for years and years that it is too hard to run long distances and that my lungs cannot take it (I have asthma) but rather than trying, I've turned down opportunities to join friends who run and get so much out of the activity.

Last year I ran a 5k in Knoxville for the first time and even though I could barely move my legs enough to walk afterward, I was able to run most of the time. The energy of a road race spreads quickly and participants pull each other along in quiet solidarity. I'd like to experience more of that adrenaline rush and get fit at the same time.

This is a long-winded way to tell you that my goal for 2013 is to train for and complete a half marathon (13.1 miles). I'm not vowing to run the entire time but my hope is to finish in the allotted time of three hours. I truly believe that I can do it. There will be many times during training that I'll think that I cannot but with the proper shoes, a good physical report from the doctor, hydration and determination, this is a reachable goal.

Anything on your calendar for 2013?

3 comments

LetsTalkAndWalk said...

What a great goal Danae!!! I know you can do it!

One of my fitness goals is to walk 13 5Ks in 2013. I am recovering from surgery and won't be able to walk a full one until early March.

AK said...

Yes. I am going to lose 30 pounds. Seriously. Good luck on your running goal!

Denae said...

LetsTalkAndWalk - You can do it! Such a great goal. Best of luck while you are recovering from surgery.

AK- go girl! I hope the running helps me to trim down a bit too.