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Ending 2013 with a bang!

Happy New Year's Eve all! 

The year definitely flew by for me, I cannot even recap how amazing the year has been. So in celebrating the final hours of 2013, I celebrated the only way I know how: a race.

I prepped the night before, which was weird because it was a Monday night. The days have truly been blending together since we have been home in Texas. 

Isn't my bib fancy?

The race is the New Year's Double in Allen, Texas. The race is unique because there are 3 race distances on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Oh you read right....

A runner can do back to back 5K's, half marathons, or full marathons! There are also options to run a single distance on one of either day. What I absolutely loved, were the parents running the 5K with their kids and then turning around and running a half or full. Due to the type of races each day, there are very low entries available; the races always sell out. 

I was in the 5K group, so I had an early start time of 7:20 which meant: a sunrise start.

The temperatures were surprisingly chilly for a Texas morning but it was still in the high 20s. I layered up to make sure I didn't look like a complete nut in capris and a short sleeve shirt. The course was a figure eight around the park which was nice and flat. I took it easy (since I haven't really ran in about 2 weeks) and high fives all the cute kids running. 

It was a blast and since I was done before 8 am, I missed traffic and had breakfast. I didn't stick around for the other races because I was minus a jacket. 

Overall the race was great! I enjoyed the low number of participants because the park sidewalks could get pretty cramped. The volunteers were awesome in cheering us on and pass out water. I would say if you want a challenge this is the race for you! 

If you want to know when the 2014/2015 registrations opens, get your email added to the list. This way you don't miss out on this awesome race! 

I leave you with this awesome little nugget...

See you in 2014!

Happy Running!


Running with Soul: Meet Lauren (#5)

Featured Runner: Lauren


Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile

How many years have you been running? 

I've been running races for about 2 years.

Little bit about yourself:

Hi! I'm a twenty-something living in Charm City, Baltimore. Besides running and trying to eat some greens every day, I love nut butters, desserts, and breakfast food. I am also a panda bear enthusiast and shopaholic. I love nothing better than lazy weekend mornings with a hot cup of coffee and stack of pancakes.

Who or what inspires you to run? 

I honestly love the journey of a run-it's my therapy. There can be so many ups and downs or bad runs, but there is nothing like that amazing feeling you get after a great run. I sometimes can't believe what I've accomplished in such little time and can't wait to see what else my body and mind can do!

What is your running mantra? 

I tell myself to BREATHE a lot (hence the blog title). Also, my other mantra I actually tell myself when I run is "You can do this. You are strong."

What is your favorite running/fitness blog? 

Some of the first blogs I read were Dorothy from Mile Posts and Janae from Hungry Runner Girl. Janae is hilarious and so fun to read. Dorothy is an inspiring runner, and I dream of her race times!

What has been your most memorable race? 

I feel like a broken record but my most recent race-the full marathon has been really memorable. Also the Nike Women's Half DC I ran last year was really emotional for me and getting my goal time and PR, giving a high-five to Shalane Flanagan at the finish line, and hearing my friends screaming for me was priceless.

What is your dream race? (Besides Boston)

I like that you said besides Boston :) I would love to do something huge like the London Marathon or something so unique like Big Sur.

What are you currently training for? 

I just ran my first full marathon last month (yay me!) so now I'm in a bit of a transition and gearing up to run some half marathons in the spring including the Rock and Roll DC half, Philly Love Run Half and Nike Women's DC Half.

What one piece of running gear can you not live without? 

Besides shoes I'm comfortable in (I run in Brooks!), I'd have to say my compression sleeves and socks. They are great for long runs and then post run I wear them all day!

If you could share any words of advice/encouragement to a new runner, what would it be? 

I would say to keep training and pushing yourself, but run because you love it. If you love it, all the tough runs will be worth it!

Be sure to follow Lauren on her running journey:

Thank you so much Lauren! First off, CONGRATS on your first marathon! I am super jealous about your Shalane high five, but I digress! Your mantra is on point. During runs, I find myself panicking for whatever reason and let every pain get the better of me. I have to remember I am strong. We are strong!

Be sure to check back each week, as another runner shares their story of running with soul.

Happy Running!


Run This Year 2014 Team

I hope that you all have been having a fantastic holiday with family and friends. I have been AWOL due to shopping, eating, family, oh and did I mention eating? I am ready to get back into the swing of things and a running routine. Thank goodness for my extra patient and supportive running coach, I bet I am driving her bananas.

I wanted to stop in to share an exciting announcement.

I am now an official member of the #RunThisYear Team!

What is #RunThisYear?

Basically it is an amazingly awesome (free) running community that pushes and motivates runners to run as many miles as they can in a year! The great part about this community is it is for everyone: the seasoned runner and the novice. You can challenge yourself to run all year or even run the year in miles. Follow the link above to learn more about joining the community.

#RunThisYear is social!

There will also be amazing giveaways going on throughout the year! Look out for them here or on Twitter.

Here are the challenges:

Challenge 1: Run the year in miles: 2,014 miles in 2014.

          Download a sample running calendar to see how it can be done.
          Breaks down to 5.5 miles every day or 39 miles per week.

Challenge 2: Run the year in kilometers: 2,014 kilometers = 1251.4 miles.

          Roughly 3.5 miles every day or 24 miles per week.

(Example of how tackling the kilometers might look.)

Challenge 3: GYOG!

·      Get Your Own Goal! If you join later in the year or are new to running, that’s okay! Participate by selecting a challenging mileage total for yourself and get after it!

At the end the day or week, enter your miles into the Mileage Entry Log. These will be included in the monthly report of runners participating. Such a great way to stay motivated during the year.

In other words, we are going to rock 2014! I am challenging myself to 2,014 kilometers this year! Check out my other goals for 2014! I cannot wait to help challenge and inspire you all in meeting your goals.

Have questions about #RunThisYear? 

How many miles are you running in 2014?