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!