Just in case you didn’t see, I just reblogged a post about a running project called Run Your Race. I’m definitely joining and even though there isn’t a special page for it (yet?) I figured I would do my little intro piece.
For starters I guess I’ll give an overview of my life as a runner. I’ve been running on and off for almost 3 years now, really starting when my dad did in Spring of 2011. I ran my first 5K that May for Armed Forces Day and loved it, but lost interest when I couldn’t find anyone to go with and kind of fizzled out. The following year, my interest peaked again and I started my first real “season” with the same race. I trained a bit more and knocked a few minutes off my original time, but kept running intermittently over the course of the summer and ended the year with a grand total of 5 races. However, I only ran during the weeks before each one and stopped altogether after October, with the exception of the “Turkey Day 5K” for Thanksgiving. Some runs were great & some were horrible and I swore I would stop.
But as usual, I picked up running again the next Spring, this time to see if I could actually make progress. In May (2013), following IB exams, I finally started to get serious about running. It was my one stress outlet and I finally convinced my parents that I was able to go out on my own. Just after graduation I built a “real” training plan to bump my distance from 1.5 miles to 3 again. It wasn’t much of a success, but by July I was ready and in August I cut a full 3 minutes from my 5K time. I was thrilled! Continuing into September (After the start of college), I completed my first sub-30 race and rather than quitting in October, I kept going. Even though I ended the year with only 4 races, I had gotten progressively faster and pushed my distance to 4.5 miles.
Come January and the end of Winter Recess, I was still running, mostly inside on the school’s track, but wanted to push my limits further. That’s when the proposition came: My cousin Joey, who had lost 80 lbs in the last year & was (Still is) training for the Buffalo Marathon, challenged me to run a Half. I said yes.
So here I am on my rest day. My boss, Jenn, talked me into signing up for the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon in June. Tomorrow I run my first 12 miler, and on next Thursday I will officially have one month til race day. I’m still in shock at the progress I’ve made just since the beginning of the year when 5 miles seemed an impossible goal. Now I catch myself calling it a “short run.” Nope, it hasn’t been easy and I know I have a ways to go, but I have loved the journey this far & will continue to push in the future.
Sorry for rambling, but I don’t think I’ve ever really detailed anything like that before & once I got started, it was a bit hard to stop. Run and love <3