Today is my running anniversary, my runniversary, if you will. 4 years ago, today, I started running!
These last 4 years have been life changing. I have grown within myself and gained confidence, I have lost weight and inches. I have discovered my body could do more than I thought, and I have discovered how my body can also rebel against me when I push things too far. My mind has become stronger, my legs have become more powerful, and my toes have become calloused.
Running is hard work, and as many point out, running is often other sports’ punishments, but to me, running is rewarding, challenging, and necessary, in my life. I am thankful and grateful that I decided to take that first step, 4 years ago, and stick with it, through sweat, tears, blood, worn out shoes, chafing, scrapes, heartache, euphoria, and contentment that has ensued.
In 2012, on January 12, I ran a total of 6 minutes. That was with the Couch to 5k program, and I ran 6 whole minutes, in 1 minute increments.
In 2013, on January 12, I was up to running a few miles at a time, and I had signed up for numerous 5ks, and even my first 10k!
In 2014, on January 12, I ran 6 miles. Sure beat that 6 minutes I ran 2 years prior! Also on this date, I signed up for my first half marathon! I moved to Kansas City, and was exploring the city by running around neighborhoods, signing up for races all over the city, and I joined a running group.
In 2015, on January 12, I had a rest day after a long run the day before. I had made lots of new friends at a running group in Kansas City, and I was training for my third half marathon! In 2015, I had run up to 10 miles without having to walk, and running helped me get through my divorce.
In 2016, today, on January 12, I will not be running. I am currently in the middle of my second week of a doctor ordered 2 weeks off from running. I will see the chiropractor tonight, and likely get needles poked into my calf or hamstring. I have a torn meniscus that I may have had during all 4 years of running, but it has acted up over the last several months, and I am taking care of it to ensure I will be able to run for many years to come.
I have the best group of friends, no, actually, the best group of family, through running. I wouldn’t trade running, or the experiences I’ve gained over these last 4 years, for anything.
I am a runner, and I will forever be a runner. Here’s to another 4 years and beyond!