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!!!
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!)
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??