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FridayFitnessHappy July 4th, but most importantly HAPPY FRIDAY!

The running bug bit me. Hard.

Ironically enough, my new old love for running came about with a comment from one of my blog friends Kris from Kris On Fitness. She mentioned to me in a comment on my last race post that I should admit that I love running. That comment stuck with me and somehow kept repeating itself in my head.

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Honestly I was afraid (still am a bit) to admit that I love running. I don’t love it when I am in the middle of it but I love the intoxicating feeling if accomplishment afterwards. I love pushing to new distances and running in different places (which explains why I refuse to repeat 5k races, it’s like my fashion, it simply can’t be repeated).

Facing fears

I started running right before I got married. I ran to lose weight and I did…the pounds fell off during my couch to 5k, and after I ran my first 5k I was hooked! I ran 15 5ks that year. (I had a lot of t-shirts 🙂 ) I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. I am not a “fast” runner by any stretch but I love the concept of putting one foot in front of the other until you reach your goal. Simple, yet powerful.

I stopped running after I got married, gained 20 pounds and never really got serious about it again until now. My knee has been a problem in the past so I need to be extra careful about it and if it starts acting crazy I will see a doc for the first time. I also did a ton of cross training (hence 5 day a week workouts) so that probably didn’t help much.



A few weeks ago, before I met Run Disney at Fitbloggin, I decided I was going to run the Enchanted 10k in Disneyworld next February as a birthday gift to myself. I am excited. I have scoured etsy for my perfect costume and have cleared my calendar for registration on July 15. (These races sell out quick!!) I am crazy excited and mentally ready.

The plan

I have informally started 10k training by running consistently 3 times a week. I even ran in my neighborhood for the first time ever! It was nice, freeing and the fastest I’ve ever run 2 miles in my life. I plan on slowly increasing my mileage as the weeks go on, but nothing too crazy as I want to stay on the good side of my knee.

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To warm up for my race in Orlando I have committed to a 10k in September called Run 10 Feed 10 that I will be running with the folks from Women’s Health Magazine for an amazing cause.

So all of a sudden, it’s so real! I’m ready. This feels so natural, tough, and a little bit crazy but I’m excited to tackle this new journey. Plus it will knock one more thing off #fitlist14!

What physical activity makes you happy but challenges you the most? What have you not admitting to loving due to fear? Have you ever run Disney race? Any Tips?

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Janine Huldie July 4, 2014 - 5:55 am

Yay so excited for you and know you are going to kick butt on this one for sure 🙂

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Thanks Janine!

Carla July 4, 2014 - 7:32 am

Oh, I think you know the answers to all those questions! LOL Funny, we both may need to see someone about our knee as well.

You may want to take a look at the Gipis app. I downloaded it and not only does it come up with a training plan for me but during my runs it helps me to maintain my pace so I can run longer.

Happy racing!

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Yes, I think the rest days and walking is really helping my knee not to freak out but I will see as the mileage gets longer!

Kim July 4, 2014 - 7:48 am

WooHoo – so exciting that you have admitted you love running!!! And, that you are going to run the Disney 10K!!
I think the thing that I love most that challenges me the most is Insanity!!!

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:19 pm

insanity is just plain insane to me Kim!

Lia July 4, 2014 - 8:52 am

So excited for your Enchanted Disney 10K! I was inspired after Fitbloggin’ thatI signed up for 2 5Ks and a 10K and I am the anti-runner but I love to run despite not being fast and just liking the time to zone out to my ratchet, heavy metal, and other hodge podge of music I can’t listen to in front of my sons! LOL I am going to follow these comments for tips since I’ve never ran a 10K…I’m usually in the gym for Zumba, Kickboxing, and spin but I look forward to expanding my horizons! Get it Nellie!

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:18 pm

so awesome! so excited for your running journey!! 🙂

Tamara July 4, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Ah, an enchanted race! That just sounds magical. I’m not a runner and I never have been but power walking and hiking are that way for me. I don’t necessarily want to do them before or during, but the afterglow is immense.

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:17 pm

its pretty magical!! the afterglow is the beautiful part, so much hard work, but worth it!

Leslie July 5, 2014 - 8:46 am

I know exactly what you mean about not enjoying it while you’re doing it, but loving the feeling afterward. It’s all about the runner’s high! My husband trained for his 10 this winter by following the FIRST plan, and highly recommends it. It’s supposed to be a good training plan for busy people, and no doubt you are SUPER busy. (He’s also been trying to convince me to go to Disney for their big race week.) Best of luck with your training!

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Yes that runners high is very hard to duplicate…it is just full of amazing wonder! come to disney in feb we can wear tutus! 🙂

Michelle July 6, 2014 - 4:32 am

I have never run a Disney race, but one of my friends is trying to convince me to go to that one in February with a group of women…some of whom I know and some of whom I don’t. I think you have to sign up in July. I’m thinking about it.

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:15 pm

you should come! that is the one I am going to!!! registration is in a week!!!

Britt July 7, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Congrats! I wish you the best of luck with Run Disney! I know you’ll do great!

Cycling definitely challenges me the most! It’s so hard to push through sometimes but I love it! I’ve never been someone that loves running though!

Nellie July 8, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Cycling is so not easy! that just reminded me to try that aqua cycling class you reviewed! 🙂

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Kristina Walters July 21, 2014 - 12:35 pm

What a dork I am! LOL! I thought I read all of the posts that I missed while I was away. Thank you for mentioning me! I’m thrilled that you are going for it. You will be amazed at what you can do! Believe me, don’t EVER limit yourself!


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