sixteen years ago, the day after thanksgiving, i took my first running steps. i was dressed in sweatpants and a hoodie with just the basic walking/tennis shoes on. no gps. not sure i even wore a watch. i think it went well. don’t remember much. but i continued running. at that time i drove my car around to see how far i was running. ancient times… i had no idea how to train back then without a gps or smart phone logging my every movement and google telling me what i should and shouldn’t do. i just ran for 30 to 40 minutes. i did run a 10k that kicked my ass.
and then life happened, so i quit. quit for ten years.
then one march day, ten years later, i received a phone call from my cousin, “you should run the corktown 5k with me.” i thought she was crazy. overweight, haven’t ran in ten years and she wanted me to run 3.1 miles?! after a lot of “but i haven’t ran in a really long time.” “but you always talk about how much you loved it,” blah, blah, blah… i agreed. figured i could walk it, if i had too, right? there was drinking involved during and after apparently (the race is near st patrick’s day). bonus.
i bought myself an expensive running bra, a t-shirt, new running shoes, yoga pants… you really should not do this on race day. do not try new things, just a fyi.
so the big day came and i waited anxiously with a mass of people for the start. and then someone said to me “i cannot believe she talked you into this.” say what?! in my mind that meant i don’t think you can do this what-so-ever. so right then and there i decided, “i am going to run this whole flippin’ thing. i’ll show you!” oh i did. All 3.1 at 15:52/mile, and i could not walk straight without the help of a motrin 800 for four days. was scary. but i healed and continued to run, 30 minutes every other day. that may i ran a 5k, august a 10k and that november my own half. i would list my times, but no need to bore you to death.
three years later with a total of four half marathons logged, i am preparing for my first marathon.
what is your story? ran since birth, high school? you are a new runner? awesome! you can run a half under two? or a marathon under three?! jealous. would love to hear from you.