What a difference a year can make

If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don't I would love it if you did!) you may have seen my little teaser last night about an announcement today. In fact I suggested that I would be revealing a "commitment" that I hade made.....
Well, can I get a drum roll please?????

I did it, I did it, I finally did it! I signed up for my very first half marathon EVER!

That is right ladies and gentleman (yes, gentleman singular...I think I might have one male reader if I'm lucky..hi Mike @ Try for Try!!) on Sunday September 26th I, along with 9, 499 other crazy people runners will be hammering out 21 lovely kilometres for the glitz and the glory and the pure satisfaction of being able to say you did it (and having the medal to prove it!)

Ok, ok so I know I have talked about this before and I even went so far as to create a nifty training plan for it (if you want to refresh your memory click here) but now it is official. As in I paid my $90 non-refundable registration fee ($90! Ouch!!!!) As in they are probably printing my one of a kind race bib right now (ok maybe not...but never say never) As in I just told all of you and the Boyfriend and my running buddies and even my mama so I sure as hell can't back out now!

The crazy part is that a year ago I couldn't even run 2km without stopping and here I am, 12 months later,  signing up for 13.1 (because you can't leave out the 0.1) miles! Even crazier then that is that I didn't just sign up to do it but I am totally going to freakin' do it!! If 2009 Sam knew me now she'd be so shocked and what's even better, so proud! And being able to make your former self proud, how awesome is that?

6.5 weeks and counting.....

So tell me, what would your 2009 self be surprised about or proud of today?


  1. CONGRATS.. and i totally agree that you can't forget the .1!! Did you pick a training plan yet?? My 2009 summer self would be proud that I've stuck with running and am presently training for my 2nd half marathon (and have signed up for a 3rd!).

  2. Woo-hoo! I'm going to go ahead and say congrats, because we all know you are going to rock this 1/2! I had know idea that you were knew at running - what a difference a year makes, right?

    My 2009 self would so proud of me for giving up the Diet Coke habit, beginning to run, and signing up for my 5K.

  3. That's amazing, Sam. Congratulations!

    My 2009 self would slap me silly if she knew that ice cream would no longer be a part of her diet. She would also have a fit (in a good way) knowing that she could run a 5K. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings.

    I can't wait to see your training plan so I can copy it. :-)

  4. Congratulations!! How fantastic! Oh my goodness, I can't wait to read all about it!

    My 2009 self would be proud of me for being much more comfortable in my body, and she'd love how exercise is a regular part of my routine!

  5. Congratulations!!! What an amazing commitment! You'll do great!

  6. You are going to have so much fun! There is nothing like finishing your first long race. That high lasts for days!

  7. That is awesome!!!! I'm so excited for you! This is really great news.

  8. Yikes, $90 is pricey but it'll be WORTH IT!

    Eeei! I so remember the excitement of signing up for my first half! And then I went on to run 2 more before the end of the year!!

    Warning: Running races is ADDICTING! Haha

  9. Congratulations!! That's super exciting!! It's amazing what you can accomplish in just one year. :) Good luck training!

  10. Congrats on signing up, you're going to do great! That's so exciting, a half marathon!

  11. That's excellent! You must feel great to have come so far with your running.

    I'm signing up for my second 5k for this autumn, and in 2009 I would have been proud to have planned to run just one race, not thinking I'd want to do another.

    Found your blog through I Eat Asphalt - glad I found you.

  12. way to go!! my 2009 self would have said "impossible!" at a try a tri, and a half marathon. 2010 me says - heck ya! and signs up for a third half marathon.
    Way to go Sam! Just imagine what the next year will bring - so exciting!

  13. How exciting! Sure it will be an amazing time for you. Good luck =)