My Runniversary

I have been [seriously] running for about 15 months now.  This started around June 2012 when I ran my first 10k.  It went miserably.  I felt slow, it was hot, I wanted to puke…. It sucked.  BUT.  I finished.  This was my a-ha moment.  The moment I realized that 3 months prior to that that I NEVER could have done that.  So I also had this thought of “well what else could I do?”.  So I signed up for a half marathon: The Monster Dash 2012, and I finished.  After that I was hooked.  I ran through the winter, the spring, summer, and now I’m still running.

I resolved to run a race each month for 2013, and I’m in October, and gearing up to do my 11th race this year, and I am signed up for two more races in November.

I am also on point to break 100 miles in one month  (this month)

I joined a running group to push myself.

My pace has improved.

 

I didn’t write this to brag on myself.  I’m not that person.  But I am an average person, who started running to be healthier.  I didn’t particularly like running when I started but it was something I could do.  Now it’s almost addicting- I have seen the numbers change: my pace, miles I can at one time, miles I can run in one week, I have ran in heat of almost 100 degrees, and in frigid temps as low as 15.  I’ve seen my endurance change, my muscle tone change, and even my weight drop a little.  It didn’t happen overnight, it’s been a process, and somewhere along the way I managed to lose my sanity. 🙂

If I can do it why can’t you?

The thing I like, and the thing that has help me, is running is something you can measure every time.  Maybe at first you just want to jog for a mile without walking, or maybe 10 minutes of jogging and 5 minutes of walking.

Tomorrow I am going to run my 4th half marathon.  I am nervous.  Extremely nervous.  I did not plan to do this half, I had planned on doing the 10k.  It was not until this past Wednesday that I opted to do the half in someone’s place instead.

I have been logging a lot of weekly miles, but I have not done any long runs (> 8 miles) in about a month.

So if you never hear from me again it’s because I died somewhere after mile 8……

So here is a glorious photo montage of my accomplishments races

Monster Dash 2012 - Where it all began

Monster Dash 2012 – Where it all began

January Race: Polar Dash 5

January Race: Polar Dash 5k

 

Hot Chocolate 15k 2012.

Hot Chocolate 15k 2012.

 

First "distance" race of 2013.  Ran the Lakefront 10 Miler

First “distance” race of 2013. Ran the Lakefront 10 Miler

Lansing Turkey Trot 2012.  I coerced my sister into running with me.  She said she'd be thankful if I didn't do that again

Lansing Turkey Trot 2012. I coerced my sister into running with me. She said she’d be thankful if I didn’t do that again

Cinco de Miler 2013

Cinco de Miler 2013

Allstate 13.1.  My 2nd half.  It was a long road getting to this one.

Allstate 13.1. My 2nd half. It was a long road getting to this one.

The Color Run Chicago: My first "fun run"...and last

The Color Run Chicago: My first “fun run”…and last

This may have been the exact point that my sanity was washed away....when I ran through this on one of my training runs....

This may have been the exact point that my sanity was washed away….when I ran through this on one of my training runs….

Big Ten 10k.  The point when I really saw my times improving

Big Ten 10k. The point when I really saw my times improving

Biggest Loser 15k

Biggest Loser 15k

With some great people from my running group at a Nike Event :)

With some great people from my running group at a Nike Event 🙂