With some neighbors at the last race I ran - the Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving Day. My best time ever, under 10 min miles! (I'm the one with the Wonder Woman socks!)

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a conversation going on over on Twitter with a bunch of Fitfluential Ambassadors. They were challenging themselves and the online community to run 13 in 2013.

At first, I thought it meant running a half marathon but when I clicked over, I loved the challenge even more when I realized that wasn’t it – it’s 13 races of your chosing in 2013 (any distance!). I quickly counted up the races I had done in 2012.

I’ve been getting more and more into running and I realized that without trying, I ran 5 races in 2012 – the last four all being in the fall. Four of them were 5ks and I ran one 5 mile race. I’m loving it.

The more I run, the farther I want to go. This also may be my year to run Broad Street – the infamous flat 10-mile race that every person who lives in the Philadelphia region who calls themselves a runner has to do at some point in their lives. I’ve been talking about doing it for years, and last year I seriously considered it but it ended up being the same weekend as my oldest son’s First Communion. So that was out. But this year? No excuses.

It’s a competitive race in terms of getting an entry but this year they are having a lottery system – I am hoping to get an entry.

I’ve never run over 5 miles but I’ve been consisently running 4-5 miles on most runs lately. Hubby also knew I was getting serious and he got me a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch for Xmas so I’m all about how many miles I can go this year.

Joining up with the 13in2013 girls seemed like just the goal for me this year. I think it’s going to be a blast and while I figure the majority of my races will be 5ks, I hope to throw in a few 5 miles as well as Broad Street into the mix.

Anyone else in with me?  Click on the button below to check out the blogger who has organized the campaign for the year & to find out more info!


  1. I just ran my first 5K in November called “Freeze Your Gizzard”..lol! I have been a Field Hockey player through high school, college and even joined an adult league. I never thought I would be a “runner” but I love it. I cannot commit to 13 races but I will shoot for 3 5k’s. Good luck with 13!!:) OH! That Garmin is nice!! I have always wanted one!

    • Thanks for the comment! I was a field hockey player in high school too and I always ran a little but not as regularly or as much as I have been in the past year. Really hoping to step it up this year and congrats on your first 5k, that sounds so fun! (and cold! LOL)


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