And we're concluding our AMR Year in Review today. Here's part I and II if you missed them. We've got a couple more Why I Runs lined up through the end of the week; we'll see you all on Monday! Happy 2013!
Highlight from Julia: In September I ran a 5k, on a bet! I have asthma and have never ran. Did not believe I could ever do it. I am now a Believer. I ran a 5k, I quit smoking and have signed up for a Warrior Dash in June.
Highlight from Shelly: This year I got to make a check mark next to a bucket list item: I ran my first half marathon and raised money for St. Jude and ran for all those sweet faces. I have to say it was the most emotional thing I have done in my life except for having my sweet babies. I can not wait to do it again! I ran my first 10K this year too. I hated it, but I guess I need to try that again:)
Highlight from Christy:In September, I ran my first ultra marathon. The most challenging running experience ever for me. Loved it!
Highlight from Maria:Ran my first marathon, Chicago, with my husband, my 7-year-old and my 4-year-old cheering me on!
Highlight from Sherri: 2012 has been my Year of Injuries, but I managed to run my first marathon in March. It wasn't pretty, but I finished in under 5 hours. Then, PR'd a half in October. I am still dealing with some minor issues -- plantar fasciitis -- but 2012 is the year when I finally started to LOVE running for the pure exhilaration that it brings!
Highlight from Janet: Running the Long Beach Marathon. It was my second marathon and my husband's first. It was a beautiful course, a wonderful run, and I don't think I've ever been so thankful for being able to run as I was that day.
Highlight from Roz: I actually started running for the first time in my life and I am 44!
Highlight from Jaime: Ran 4 miles at our local Hobble Gobble in November; it was 4 months to the day that I had our second son. And the farthest I had ran. A mile for every month!
Highlight from Beth: I accepted a transfer with my company that requires weekly travel. While I hate being away from my family, I found a way to maintain my marathon training and run in every city that I traveled to (for both work and vacation)!
Highlight from Katie: Feeling like I could go on to finish a half-marathon when I had planned to stop at the 10 mile finish.
Highlight from Barb: A chilly December morning, I left for a great 9-mile run through the dark hills of Portland. We ran this loop that was uphill most of the way, but so worth it when we finished.
Highlight from Joan: December 8: ran a 10-miler and picked up my son close to the finish line and we crossed the line together. He wan so happy saying 'We finished the race!' So much fun!
Highlight from Jennifer: Started running in August and could barely make it once around the track without my asthma really acting up. But started training for half marathon with my husband. Ran 7.17 on 12/2/12-a huge accomplishment. Couldn't have done it without his support! Looking forward to many more accomplishments.
Looking forward to many more accomplishments: You and us both, Jennifer. You and us both.
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