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Get Fit For 2011: Challenge #3 —Training For Races

FitSugar reader kpolacek shared this picture of her finishing a marathon for the photo challenge of our Get Fit For 2011 giveaway.

I never thought I would say this but I am a runner. I remember when I first started training for 5Ks and thought it was just impossible to run any more than three miles. But this month, I proved myself wrong. I completed my training and finished my first marathon. The 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon. It was an amazing experiencing running 26.2 miles. I could have never imagined it was possible. I even had a "what am I doing?" freak out at the beginning of the race to prove it. However, I made it, and in a respectable time.

That's me in the pink with my arms in the air. Woo Hoo!

Now, instead of taking time off from running to relax and rest, I am training again. I have set a new goal for myself. I am running the Gasparilla Distance Classic Michelob Ultra Challenge. This means I will be running all four races during the running classic weekend. So Saturday is a 15K and 5K. Then Sunday is a Half Marathon and 8K. It is a unique challenge, but I figure I will never be in better running shape then I am now. So why not? What doesn't hurt you, makes you stronger.

Be sure to post a photo of your fitness life in our Get Fit For 2011 group to enter our weekly giveaway of a $100 Nike gift card and a chance to win our grand prize — a four-day fitness boot camp in LA! Use the camera on your phone to photograph contents of your gym bag, your home gym, your workout DVD collection, your fave workout wear, or an incredible view from your last bike ride.

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eghicks eghicks 6 years
woo hoo! great job kim! you are famous! :)
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
That is amazing! Congrats. It's very encouraging to hear that someone finishing marathons once struggled with 5k's. Good luck with your next race!
Diana615 Diana615 6 years
Congrats! I like your attitude. I'm where you used to be. I'm running 5k's and feel like I'm never going to progress further. I takes a certain kind of mind set to run at all. I know I'll break out of my rut sooner or later. But, GOOD GOING! You sould be proud.
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