In honor of this special day, a date that we won't see the likes of again for some time, I thought I would highlight 12 reasons why I love being a triathlete.
Here we go:
1. Setting Goals
Most of you should know by now that I love to set, and achieve, goals. I did achieve most of my 2012 goals, which I will recap soon as I am currently working on my last goal (1,000 running miles for the year). I'm excited for my 2013 goals and I can't wait to go to work on them!
2. Meeting New Friends
Mike and I have made so many friends, and rekindled relationships with old friends, since we have started running and doing triathlons. I have written about this before and I can just say that I am so thankful for all of the amazing people that this sport has brought into our life!
She stuck with me for 13.1 miles
Just because I want to see if Isaac says anything about it!
Love these three!
Friends for life!
Now I definitely don't do this primarily for the bling, but medals and other swag is a nice bonus to being a triathlete. I can say that once I have my Ironman medal that it is going to go in a very special place in our house.
Thanksgiving race bling
Speaking of bling, you can't really have any of that without racing. You already know that we love to race, and Ali has asked me to write a post specifically about our love of racing so be on the lookout for that sometime soon.
Turning Stone half marathon
Bike leg of our first tri
Mike being goofy at a Freezeroo race
When I was in high school I never thought that swimming wouldn't be a part of my life but for a moment there it wasn't. I am so glad that swimming is back in my life and that I can combine my old loves with my new loves.
Swimming in Maine
Mike and I have been able to take a few racecations, and they were a blast! Next year we are planning on doing a few more and I can't wait! It's a great way to visit a new place, and get in a race while you're at it.
Reach the Beach: New Jersey
7. Trail Running
Yes, I love trail running. Even though our first trail race was tough, I can say for certain that we are going to do it again. Plus, lots of our new friends are trail runners so we have to get out there if we want to see them!
Trail running is tough!
I love a good training plan! I feel lost without one and currently I am making our marathon/70.3/marathon training plan for next year. It's complicated, but I love it!
Yep, I love my Sauconys! The lovely Jenny is even selling me a pair of her Kinvaras that she can't wear anymore. You can never have too many shoes, running shoes that is!
10. Being in Shape
Mike and I have finally found a lifestyle that we love, and it just so happens to keep us in shape!
11. Running with my Mom
We have gone running with my mom a few times since we have become triathletes and it has been a lot of fun. She even raced Seneca7 with us, her first race ever, and is on our team "Sole Sisters and their Misters" this year.
Before a run last Christmas Eve
12. Quality Time with Mike
When we started this journey it was something that I thought we could do together. We have accomplished so much and for the most part we still train together. Our schedules don't always match up but we can usually get in a workout or two a week together, and all of our long runs are done together.
This is OUR journey and I am so excited about where it is taking us!
What are some reasons why you love being a runner/triathlete? Did you celebrate 12/12/12 with a "12" themed workout?