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I am a farmer's wife,runner and a mother of two boys. I help my husband with our farming business. I did my first marathon in October 2010 and loved every minute of it. I'm now looking to do my 4th marathon in Little Rock, AR

Monday, November 28, 2011

Reaching My Goal

This morning I got up at 4 am to get ready to go run with R.   Last night I also  talked to Steph  and she was going to meet us at In Training and run with us.  I was  so excited, I'm  always thinking the more runners the merrier it is.   I got to In Training and turned my phone on so I would be ready when R and Steph got there.  I always run with my phone now days, remember I'm a scaredy cat of the dark. There was a message from R saying she was not running this morning.  Her mother in law had fallen down the stairs on Friday and was in the hospital.  Her mother in law had surgery on sat and was on  a ventilator.   I texted R, this morning and she said they took her off the ventilator. I haven't heard anymore since this morning.  Keeping them in my prayers. 


When I was putting my workout on Daily Mile I notice I had  reached my goal of running  a 1000 miles  so far this year. YAHOO.  I'm  still having a hard time believing that I actually have ran that many miles.   If you would of new me in my younger days, you would not believe it either.  I was more of a couch potato, than a runner.  

Their are days I  still don't want to run or it is to cold to run, but I absolutely love the way I feel after a run.  I feel like I could conquer the world.  I also love getting into those tight fitting jeans in my closet.

Last year this time I really wasn't feeling  like running, it was getting colder and I was getting lazier.  My running partner didn't want to run in the cold either, so that made it even harder.   I did  however  do the treadmill and DVDs, but I wasn't consistent with either.   By the end of the year I wasn't liking myself at all.   I was allowing  myself to get into a rut and with each passing day it was getting harder to get out of that rut.  I continued to struggle with  my weight all summer.  That is until I decided to commit to doing  my second marathon. I was hoping that by committing to another marathon  I would get my weight under control again.  It did help me get more focused on what I needed to do to run and finish this marathon.

Just before the marathon in October of this year, a lady from church decided not to rejoin the YMCA, because they were charging more to do the extra classes.  Believe me when she told me that she was going to start working out at In Training, I was ecstatic about  it.  Just maybe I might have a new running partner. I was not looking forward to go into the winter months not having someone to run outside with me.

So far so good. We are still running together and we are doing it outside in the cold weather. I can't believe  I'm saying this, but I'm  loving it even when it is cold and windy outside.  I feel so much  stronger and more focused on what I want to accomplish this winter. 

How do you handle the winter months when it comes to running outside?

 Do you ever just want to become a couch potato for just a little while?

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  1. 1000 miles is an impressive accomplishment! Congrats, Penny!!!
    The only thing pulling me out into the cold during the winter is my combined addiction to the endorphins and my pure hatred of the treadmill. Oh, and I've decided to run a spring marathon..,no choice now :s

  2. 1000 miles! Sweet!!!

    Winter running is a challenge. Last winter was my 1st one running outside. I only went inside one time because the windchill was like -25 that day.

    Best of luck keeping up the running this winter!

  3. Woohoo on hitting 1000 miles! That is awesome!

    Keeping your friend's family in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. 1000 miles is such an incredible accomplishment. So happy for you. You must be so proud of yourself.

    I don't go out when it is pouring rain here in the winter as wet and cold is no fun.... in the dry snow, I would run till it was well below freezing.

    I was a bookworm when I was young... guess that is a couch potato too!

    Are you going to join the Winter 100 Challenge by the Running Mom? Hope you will.

  5. I had planned to run this winter but then pregnancy happened and with it came ligament pain. Running is on hold until after the baby is born. I imagine I would eventually like it though... because I love running in the rain.. that is something I never thought i'd say!

    Way to go on the 1000 miles! What an accomplishment! I want to do Twin Cities Marathon next year. You interested in doing it? We could do a blogger meet up! :)

  6. Congratulations!! I still have a way to go, but I'm hoping I'll be joining you before the year is through :)

    Keeping your friend's family in my heart - my prayers go out to them...

  7. That's awsome on the 1000 miles! I'm maybe going to hit 900, but even that's just if I push, and I'm not going to be doing any serious miles until after the 10th (my last trail race, and one I've been talking smack to a friend about for about 3 months, so I'm taking the taper part at least semi-seriously).

    Last year, I did all but a couple of my marathon training runs outside, through one of the snowiest, coldest winters we've had here in a while. Once you get going, it's awesome, and the looks on peoples' faces when you told them you ran 11 miles in the snow makes it even more worth it. It's all about the layers...and keeping moving, because stopping in the cold when you're sweaty SUCKS. It definitely made it easier that I had friends training for a 50K whose training I could piggyback on, and an awful lot of that running was on trails, which is less scary than running on potentially icy roads.

  8. Yay 1000 miles! Sometimes I want to be a couch potato again (especially when it is 20 degrees outside), but then I remember how much better I feel when I am consistently exercising and that keeps me motivated to stay off the couch!

  9. Congrats on reaching that 1000 mile goal! Awesome!

  10. I handle winter months on the DREADMILL.. I hate it but I do it.

  11. PENNY!!! congrats on meeting an incredible goal! so excited for you. that is an amazing accomplishment. also so awesome that you found a new running partner to keep you motivated through the winter months. i have been trying to still get in as many outside runs as possible to keep me motivated :)

  12. what an amazing accomplishment...woohoo for 1,000 miles :)

    I don't own a treadmill or have a gym membership, so it's all outdoor running for me which can be good and bad. Here in Texas summer months are BRUTAL and our winters usually aren't too terribly cold, so I manage! I like running in the cold rather hot, that's for sure!

  13. I have a hard time running outside when it gets cold. I'm very fortunate to have a treadmill at home and our community center has an indoor track.

  14. yeah for continued motivation!! I for some reason haven't ever had much issue with staying motivated over the winter...i think my goals were bigger than the cold...and I really hate the cold!


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