5 Years Ago…I Went on a Run

On August 20, 2010, I went on 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.)


On August 20, 2011, I went on 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.


***Skip ahead 2 Years***

On August 17, 2013, I went on 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!


On August 20, 2014, I went on 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.

On August 23, 2015, I went on a run.  It was the Edmonton Half Marathon (Alberta, Canada) – my sixth half marathon this year, which brought my lifetime total to 14!!!  I completed the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 55 seconds.  Although not my PR (1:55:58), it is now what I consider a consistent half marathon pace, with my last seven races hovering just over/under 9 minutes/mile (another 20-30 seconds per mile less than where I was two years ago!)Inspiration4

Within 5 years of running, I have four US states and two countries under my belt.  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).  I have been selected as a Race Ambassador for the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon series!  I have run numerous sub-2-hour half marathons and am working my way to a sub 1:55!  By the end of this year I will have completed ten, yes TEN, half marathons in one year with my hubby….

…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??



4 thoughts on “5 Years Ago…I Went on a Run

  1. you rock!!! I have come a long ways…yet have stalled. Having shingles twice in past 3 years have sort of given me grief…but i have come a long ways in terms of persevering and still loving it!!! I sure hope that i have lots of years left in my running tho! I might be slow, but I o feel fabulous!

  2. Love this! Those are some incredible achievements you have there, Jen!

    I actually miss running so badly, but I didn’t do it consistently enough to run while pregnant. Especially during stressful times, I wish I could go for a run. My running journey is smaller, a couple of 5ks and 10ks, but I already plan for my first race run post-baby to be the 2016 Mothers Day run in Calgary. I’m hoping it will be great motivation to burn off the baby weight and get me back to being me.

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