Week 54: What next?

In my last post, I told you that after finishing the half-marathon, I wondered, What next?

Well, I realized that I have several answers to that question already!

5K for a Cause.
Next weekend, I am visiting my older sister, who talked me into running a 5K. But it isn’t just any old 3.1-mile race, it’s a race sponsored by a great non-profit organization, Girls on the Run, that encourages young girls to develop healthy “physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.” My sister has run with the organization before, so she painted me a picture of what I’m getting myself into: Dressing up in goofy outfits and running along with a huge group of happy young girls, helping encourage them along a 5K race to the finish. I will have a “buddy” to run with the whole time—I just hope I can keep up with her!

The longest relay race ever.
Well, maybe not really the longest ever—but it might possibly be! Last year, I ran the MC200 relay race, which was advertised as 200 miles long but really was more like 206 miles. This year, it’s an official Ragnar Relay race, so I’m hoping that it’s a bit more organized and they have more water along the course. There are 10 people on my team, including two of my fabulous Jockey co-workers, plus a couple friends who ran last year and are crazy enough to come back and do it again, like me! This year, I’ll be running almost 20 miles split into 4 separate legs, over the course of a day and a half. Will I make it? You’ll have to check back to find out!

Dash like a warrior.
The week after the longest relay race ever, I decided to make myself seem even more insane and signed up for the Warrior Dash with a couple friends. We plan to run the 3.28-mile long obstacle/mud/craziness-filled race as a team, so we’ll just have a lot of fun and help each other along the way. Obstacles along the course include mud pits, cargo nets, running through a river, and of course, leaping over a fire pit. Will I survive THIS race, you wonder? You’ll have to check back near the end of June (and pray) to see if I do!

It’s been over a year since I started blogging about getting in shape and enjoying a healthier lifestyle, and if you can’t tell by this post, I’ve found the best way to stay motivated is to keep both short-term and long-term goals, and to make them fun. My advice: Get your friends and family involved! Having support and supporting others is always encouraging and motivating.

What are your summer plans and goals?

Thanks for coming along with me over these past 54 weeks—they have been the best yet!

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 149 pounds
This week: 149 pounds
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Embrace the madness,
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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