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Happy Holidays Enjoy This Guest Post from Barking Mad About Running

on December 22, 2012

I was so excited when Darlena asked for guest posters! I love Darlena and her blog and was honored when she asked me to write for her! I started thinking about what i would write, and had a great idea. Darlena facebooked me and told me what her idea was, and I was thrilled that we had the same idea! 
Let me introduce myself first! My name is Kim, and my blog is Barking Mad About Running. ( I started running in August of 2011, with a 5K in mind. Shortly after I ran that 5K, I set my sights on a Half Marathon. I chose Philadelphia Rock n Roll, which gave me almost a year to train. A funny thing happened though. The more races I ran, short or long, the more I *wanted* to run. I was racing almost every weekend. 5ks, 5 miles, mud runs. I’m addicted! I ended up running 4 Half Marathons this year, 3 of them in 36 days, and earned Half Fanatic status(#3034 reporting for duty!). I also decided to train for the Disney Marathon in January!
Which brings me to my goals for 2013! My friend Jill, and some of her friends, got together to form a challenge for 2013. To run 13 races (Halfs, Fulls, 5Ks, 10Ks, whatever you choose) in 2013. I chose Half Marathons. I plan to run some Virtually, and some Live. You can check out the challenge at I am so excited to have the motivation and the comraderie that this group provides! They even have a facebook page for everyone to share their successes, and their struggles! 
Which races do I plan to run, you ask? I have signed up for some, but not all, of the 13:

  1. Disney Marathon, January 13
  2. Winter Runnerland Virtual Half (month of January) at
  3. Resolution Half Virtual Race (month of January) at FUNd Run for Bling (!/groups/344067618996687/)
  4. Barking Mad Virtual Half Marathon (info is on my blog)
  5. Rock n Roll USA Half in D.C., March 16 (
  6. Atlantic City April Fool’s Half, April 7 (
  7. Runapalooza Asbury Park Half Marathon, April 20 (
  8. Long Branch Half Marathon, May 5 (
  9. Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon in Erie, Pa (!/BiggestLoserRunWalk?fref=ts)

Which leaves me with only 4 to go! I am looking for Fall races, I wonder what they should be?!?
I will also be earning a new level of Half Fanatic Status after Runapalooza, for the number of races in a year. Hooray! Beware, running races is addictive! The amazing feeling when you cross that finish line is not to be missed! If you know of any great East Coast Halfs in Fall 2013, let me know! I am thinking about Las Vegas Rock n Roll in November, but have not made any plans otherwise! 

What is your favorite race?

I will leave you with this picture from my favorite “Happy” race on 2012, the Hershey Half. My parents came to see me finish, and it was so great to take a pic with them at the finish!


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4 Responses to “Happy Holidays Enjoy This Guest Post from Barking Mad About Running”

  1. kimmiepcft says:

    Have a happy Holiday Darlena!! Thank you for featuring me on your blog today <3

  2. happychick72 says:

    Happy Holidays! I follow both of your blogs so it was great reading all about your upcoming races over here. Happy running 🙂

  3. Phyllis says:

    HI there,
    Why don’t you do the Rock and Roll Philadelphia race in Sept? I am going to do it again this year and it is a great race course !
    It was my first half marathon.
    I am also doing the 13 in 2013!

  4. I totally think you should try a TRAIL half marathon in Philly in the fall! I ran this and it was pretty awesome!!

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