Sunday, January 8, 2012

Changed my Mind. My 2012 Resolution.

As I said in my previous post, I'm not really the resolution type. This week, however, I decided to change that. Right after I posted my bucket list, I reached a new threshold in my workout - by switching around my routine and doing cardio before strength training, I was able to run 10 minutes non-stop. I know that's nothing crazy, but for someone who never runs, it was a big moment for me. The next day, a coworker sent out an email trying to get a team of us together to run the Minneapolis half marathon in June in honor of another coworker's 4-year old son recently diagnosed with leukemia. I believe things happen for a reason, and I figured if this opportunity was going to present itself so conveniently, then I should do it. So now my resolution for 2012 is to run a half marathon and knock that off my bucket list. :)

Sometimes I need a purpose that's bigger than myself in order to push myself to do something. When I can do something that will not only be a major personal accomplishment (not to mention get me in good shape) but will also contribute toward a great cause, that will keep me motivated. And this time around, I'm definitely driven. I've run harder, longer and further this week than ever before in my life. Today alone I ran the distance of a 5k, which gives me hope that I may actually stand a chance at this! I bought new running shoes today as well, which definitely helps. I went to the Running Room in Apple Valley, where they analyze your feet to determine what kind of shoe you need. I ended up getting the Brooks Glycerin 9 in grey/aqua, and after testing them out today, I'm super happy with them. It's like night and day with my old shoes I bought from TJ Maxx 4ish years ago...

If you're at all interested in following my progress (I guarantee honesty, entertainment and hopefully inspiration), I'll be blogging about it on my company blog. I'll be posting my first training-related post on Monday and then probably every Friday after that. If you're on Pinterest, you can also check out my running board for ideas, motivation, and cool products I come across.

Has anyone else committed to running a half/full marathon this year? If not, what are your resolutions?

<3 Mrs. G


  1. I'm VERY proud of you for doing this, Amanda!!! Also, I discovered that you can use Nike+ GPS app on iphone/ipod and from what I've read you don't need a sensor or Nike shoes.. check it out, might be handy for your runs.

    Like I've said before, I walk a lot - I take the dog to the park and we have fun, she pulls me along while she chases squirrels and as punishment I force her to go 2-5 miles with me so that her fun walk becomes my fun workout. I ran a few yards of that the other day and thought I was going to keel over, and it gave me better perspective about what you're about to take on. I am not out of shape by any means, and it was kicking my but to run maybe a tenth of a mile. So you have a long road ahead of you but you are stubborn and determined and I know you can do it, and I can't wait to hear about your progress!!!!!!

  2. Thank you! I'm so excited... I used to HATE running, honestly, but now that I realize I'm not completely terrible and I have plenty of time to train, I'm starting to enjoy it. Maybe I'll check out Nike+. I have RunKeeper, and I like that pretty well. (plus it's free), but I've heard good things about Nike+.

  3. I don't know anything about runkeeper but Nike+ is very interactive. You can get on the website later and review your progress, you can set up training programs, map your routes, etc... it's sooo cool.



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