….Moreso the evolution of this runner.
I know I have had a fair amount of brag posts about how well I have done in my races, and I have eluded to “how far I’ve come”. I participate each week in a twitter chat -called run chat (#runchat). And someone made a great point in the last few weeks – the question that was posed was “What advice would you give to a new runner”, and someone responded – “Don’t give up, and celebrate every accomplishment”.
That really resonated with me. Because I have not evolved so far that I don’t remember my first 5 k – and how I felt when I first started running. And how slow I was.
The thing that has kind of clicked with me over time with running and what has made me passionate about it, is how measurable it is; it kind of is like a relationship. I can see very clearly the progress I have made in terms of my times, I feel the progress by how much easier it is to just get up and go for a 5 mile run. But I have bad days, and then I have good days. You cannot appreciate a really great run without a terrible run.
Additionally this year I made a resolution to do a race a month. And I did 14 races in 11 months (I think in all fairness I met my resolution). I have lost some weight this year, I am fitter, I am faster, overall I think I am healthier.
Below is a little timeline of my races and how far I have come since starting to get into running.
(**) Indicates PR for that distance
November 2011: Hot Chocolate 5k
My goal: to run 3.1 miles without stopping
Time: 37:18; Average pace per mile (ppm): 11:29
May 2012: Highland 5k
Time-Unofficial: ~33 minutes
June 2012: Streamwood Stride 10k
Time: 1 hr 18 minutes 59 seconds
Average ppm: 12:44/mile
This race served as big lesson in a lot of ways: 1) I learned to train for conditions (it was hot and muggy that day – and I always ran at night to avoid the heat) 2) That if I could get through that – I could get through almost any race. This was the point when I was so down about how slow I was that I made myself sign up for a half and train like hell for it.
October 2012: Monster Dash Half Marathon
Time: 2 hrs 40 minutes
Average ppm: 12:21/mile
November 2012: Hot Chocolate 15k
Time: 1 hr 42 min 24 sec
Average ppm: 11:00
Lansing Turkeyman Trot
Time: 33 minutes 44 seconds
Average ppm: 10:53/mile
January: Polar Dash 5k
Time: 34 minutes 41 seconds
Average ppm: 11:09/mile
February: Ice Cube 5k
Time: 32 minutes 35 seconds
Average ppm: 10:29/mile
I didn’t realize it until this moment but I was actually second place in my age group at this race, and it was ~ 17 degrees outside.
March: Mud Dog 10k
Time: 1 hr 6 minutes 58 seconds
Average ppm: 10:45/mi
April: Lakefront 10 Miler
Time: 1 hr 48 minutes 50 seconds
Average ppm: 10:47/mile
I was really nervous for this race, I actually trained for it, and it was the longest distance I had done in awhile, and genuinely remember being shocked when I realized I was pacing under 11 minutes. It was a fun race, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!
May: Cinco de Miler (5 mi)
Time: 52 minutes 18 seconds
Average ppm: 10:28/mile
June: Allstate 13.1
Time: 2 hrs 30 minutes 30 seconds
average ppm: 11:30/mile
(fun run – no time)
July: BTN 10 k **
Time: 1 hr 2 minutes 47 seconds
Average ppm: 10:07/mile
August: Biggest Loser 15 k **
Time: 1 hr 37 minutes 54 seconds
Average ppm: 10:32/mile
September: Chicago Half Marathon
Time: 2 hr 31 minutes 30 seconds
Average ppm: 11:33/mi
This race was awesome until mile 10.5 when my knee (that I should have taped) acted up, and my hopes of 15 minute pr were dashed. It really sucked
October: Monster Dash Half Marathon **
Time: 2 hours 20 minutes 45 seconds
Average ppm: 10:45/mi
This race was a HUGE turning point for me in that I did not train for it, but I was logging enough miles that I traded bibs with someone and took their place in the half marathon. This was kind of the first time that I was like, “I’m a runner, not just a person who runs”
November: Carrera de los Muertos 5k **
Time: 27 minutes 52 seconds
Average ppm: 8:57/mile
This was seriously probably the fastest I ever felt in a race, and I was so incredibly pleased/shocked/pumped when I saw my time.
Perfect 10 (10 miler) **
Time: 1 hours 43 minutes 42 seconds
Average ppm: 10: 26/mile
The thing is the numbers don’t lie. However you want to look at it: the numbers on the scale, the numbers on your watch. It’s not like this just for me. As you can see I have come a ways since starting to run. And I think it’s always important to remember that yes you will have awesome, great, amazing PR days days, but you will also have days that are THE WORST, and you will feel slow and sad and want wallow and cry and eat cake. Doing that is perfectly acceptable.
But seriously celebrate even the smallest victory. With every high there will be a low, and I think I’ve learned a lot in 2013, and I hope to experience even more in 2014!!! And I can tell you with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that if you told me the day I did that first 5k, that I’d go on to do the crazy shit I’ve done in the past year alone…. I would have thought you were high.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and who knows where your somewhere will take you.
What are were some of your goals for 2013 (fitness or otherwise)?