4 Years Ago…I Went on a Run

On August 20, 2010, I went for a run.  I ran 2 miles in just over 25 minutes (12:30+ min/mile).   I just laced up a pair of shoes and ran around the neighborhood.  No watch, no phone, no water, no music.  I thought my lungs might never recover from the explosion and felt that my legs were permanently turned to jello!   And of course, I could barely walk for 2 days.  I had just gotten to the point that I desperately needed to lose weight…and just plain missed running…and I needed to just start – somewhere – anywhere.  (For a complete history on my love/hate relationship with running, catch up in this post HERE.)

Progress

On August 20,2011, I went for a run.  I ran 8 miles in 1 Hour, 21 Minutes (10:09 min/mile).  And I felt great!  I’d been fitted for a proper running shoe.  I tracked my distance, speed, and time.  I sometimes listened to music.  And I carried a handheld water bottle to help brave the southern heat.  And I was training for my first half marathon race in October.

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***Skip ahead 2 Years***

On August 17, 2013, I went for a run.  I ran 13.1 miles in 2 Hours, 3 minutes, 09 seconds (9:24 min/mile).  And it was the first time I ran the half marathon race of my hometown, Parkersburg, WV.  This was also my hubby’s FIRST half marathon!  It was an incredibly challenging course – with HUGE hills and rolling hills.  But despite the elevation challenge, I completed the course only 1 minute longer than my previous two races!!!

Mile 11!

Mile 11!

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On August 20, 2014, I went for a run.  I ran 3 miles in just over 25 minutes (8:32 min/mile).  Four years later…same total time…one extra mile…and four minutes less per mile.  I have completed eight half marathons.  I have raced in three US states.  I have raced in two countries.  I have paced a friend in her first ever race (Stacy in New Orleans Crescent City Classic 10K).  I have marked off a bucket list race in Washington, D.C. (Cherry Blossom 10-Miler).  I have run side by side with two of my best friends as they completed their first half marathon race (Jenna at Jazz Half and Hubby at Parkersburg Half).

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All of this…and so much more…is why I run.  And will continue to run.

How far along have you come on YOUR running journey?  Where do you hope to be by this time next year??

 

Jen

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