FINAL MILES UPDATE: The last two miles in the New Year's Challenge were for Amy Themer Tell and Christal Kneer!! Strangely enough, my name never came up in the random-number generator that I set up! I think it's fitting that the last mile is for me... as well as all the miles to come.
With this goal behind me and my jogging endurance back to where it should be, my next challenges are:
- continued weight loss, specifically getting to the 20-pound mark which is only 6.2 pounds away. It doesn't sound like much but realistically I'm at least a month from the finish line on that one.
- improving my pace to a solid 5.2 mph average, especially over longer distances. I'll have plenty of opportunity to work on this with three races in the next three weekends! I'm running a 10k on April 28, my second one, and I'm hoping to shave several minutes off of last year's time. The following week is a 4.37 mile competitive run, and the week after that, Race for the Cure in Peoria, 5k run with about 25,000 of my closest friends. More on that on another day.
So that's it for today. THANK YOU to everyone who has been following along with all those miles posts on Facebook, and all those who have sent messages of encouragement and motivators the past 3 months. I appreciate you so much.