Run #11 of 12 - Iron Girl!

I'm at the home stretch, FINALLY! I can't believe the year is almost over and I'm almost at the completion of my 2012 resolution!

Here is the summary of the runs I've done this year:

My run #11 of 12 for 2012 was the Iron Girl Del Mar.

The morning started out clear and crisp. Cold, so cold, I wore three layers the entire run/walk. It was a great atmosphere of all women runners/walkers, all shapes and sizes, all ages from the youngest 5 year old to more than a few ladies rocking the wrinkles and grey hair! Being around all women in events like this is very empowering. Seeing all different types of women challenging themselves physically is encouraging.

At the start of the run/walk, they announcer had the "first timers" raise their hands. Dozens of hands rose to the sky. It brought me back to almost three years ago when I did my first 5k. I walked the entire way, pushing my two-year old in a stroller, huffing and puffing to get to the end. I remember feeling the 5K was such a long distance. I remember seeing the runners pushing themselves, breathing hard, and sweating, and I thinking to myself "I don't think I can ever run this whole thing, ever!". Little did I know, I'd run/walk a harf-marathon and have twelve 5ks under my belt in 2012.

Here are Eleina and I with our awesome medals!

I have to admit, most of the "runs" I've done this year I've actually walked. I might run a few minutes here and there, but for the most part, I walk. I want to get back to being able to run for longer distances again. I want to gain that motivation back. I feel like its been ages since I did the Nike Women's Half Marathon. It was only a year ago. A year ago and 30+ lbs gained. I'm hoping in 2013, I can get myself back to track, a healthier me inside and out! I'd love to hear any advice you have for me!

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