running the year

2017 is going to be a year of changes for the Moore family - and for me - and I'm choosing to look at it with a full heart, open mind and excitement. This is my year to get back to me, and I'm so excited to really buckle down and run the year, and this deployment, out. A friend of mine introduced me to something last year called Run the Year, and I've decided to do it this year...I'm going Run the Year 2017. That, my friends, means I'm hoping to run 2,017 miles in 2017. That means, technically, I need to run 5.5 miles a day, which I'm nowhere near right now.

However, I'm getting there. I'm running 4 times a week now, just for time, but I'm getting an average of 3 miles in a run, and it feels hard great.

The weather right now is nuts. One day it's hovering around 17 degrees, then you have a day like today, where it's a practically balmy 39 degrees. I'm working to embrace the changes though, and I'm doing my best to do my runs outside and learning to train in varying conditions. Running is half mental, half physical for me. I love it, but while I'm doing it, I hate it...at least until I get in proper shape.

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With the Chicago Marathon firmly in my mind for October 8, 2017, I know that every mile, every day and every single step counts. And, most importantly, I'm doing this for me. I love my boys more than life itself, but it's so important for a mama to take care of and love herself, as well.

I'm really excited to chronicle my running journey because I want everyone to know that anyonecan do it. Right now, I'm about 35 lbs heavier than I want to be. I was a competitive swimmer who swore up and down that she'd never be a runner. I have two kids, a husband that's deploying, and I live in the frozen tundra of Fort Drum.

But, I can do it.

And, truly, if I can do it, anyone can. I'd love to see if anyone wants to join me in running the year, staying accountable and, perhaps, joining a running group either on Facebook or Strava, simply for moral support, tips, advice, camaraderie and more. Runners, wanna-bes, friends...everyone is welcome! Who wants to join me?!

*I'm linking up today with Jessi for What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday!

10 comments

  1. You got this!! I may think about it so thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow, 2017 miles!!! My goal is 1000. But marathon training will definitely get you up there. I'm excited to follow along with your journey to Chicago! And I'd love to join an online running group with you.

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  3. you go girl! i definitely don't think i can - well i could but i guess i don't want to - run 2017 miles in a year, i don't even think i've ever done 1000 so i wouldn't want to try and hurt myself or something. good luck and i'm looking forward to following along on this awesome year for you!

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  4. Good for you! 2017 miles! You can definitely do it!!

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  5. 2017 miles?! That's a big goal! My goal sights are much lower (like... 750 miles) but I could still be in for the accountability :) Let me know if you start the online running group!

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  6. What an amazing goal! You can do it!

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  7. What a cool goal! I'm not a runner at all but i'm always so in awe of those people that run in the freezing cold temps and/or snow!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  8. Wowie, girl! What a great goal! You're inspiring! <3

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  9. WOW! 2017 miles sounds like a LOT, but what an awesome goal to have!! I have no doubt it's going to be a wonderful journey to reach that goal :)

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  10. I am doing Run the Year as well! I think it is great when mommas take the time to put themselves first. We can do it!

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