5 Year Runniversary!

Happy 5 year RUNNIVERSARY to me!

5 years ago, I took my first steps as a runner.  If I remember correctly, I ran 1 whole minute, 6 times, with a decent amount of walking in between.  I’m so glad I made that decision to lace up my shoes and give running a try.  I had tried to run before, but always got defeated.  5 years ago, my mind was in the right place, and my body was ready to push.  My journey may have developed slowly, but I am so grateful I am able to run and am continuing my journey.

In the 5 years I’ve been running, I’ve done 12 half marathons, 1 duathlon, and countless 5 and 10k races.  I’ve met some of the most wonderful people who are so dear to me.  I’ve run happy, I’ve run angry.  I’ve solved many issues by running and breathing and being in the run.  I’ve run to heal a broken heart, and I’ve run to fall in love again.  I’ve had several injuries and setbacks, but more importantly, I’ve gained so much confidence and life through running.  Without the ability to run, and without having my running life as a daily part of my life, I don’t know who or what I’d be.  So happy runniversary to me; I can’t wait to run to celebrate tonight!

Here’s to the next 5 years, and more!

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He Asked Me…

Happy Monday! I have only 1 photo to share this week, but it’s my favorite picture ever!

Last Friday was Chris’ and my 6 month anniversary.  We had reservations at the Melting Pot in the Plaza to celebrate. First of all, the Melting Pot was delicious! I highly recommend the chocolate fondue, for sure.  Secondly, the entire experience was lots of fun, a great date experience, and a great start to a great night.

Once we got home, Chris had a couple things planned and then he asked me to marry him! I am not quite sure that I actually said the word yes, but I am pretty positive I managed a few nods yes.  We had talked about our future quite a bit over the last few months, and knew we wanted to be together.  We were both so excited, and couldn’t stop smiling. We called our parents, siblings, and a few friends before calling it a night.

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For those of you who know me well, you know it was difficult for me to want to venture out and try online dating 6 months ago. I was scared of never finding anyone again, after getting divorced in 2015.  I had honestly never even dated… I met my ex-husband in high school and things developed very slowly into dating, engagement, and marriage.  I was scared to try again, and almost more scared to succeed.

When I met Chris in July, nothing felt scary or awkward or difficult. Everything felt right. For the last 6 months, everything has felt so right.  I can honestly say I’ve never felt this way in my life before.  I don’t regret getting married before, and though I wanted to fight for my marriage at the time, I do believe everything happens for a reason, and my marriage and divorce have helped shape me to the person I am today.  Without the struggles I have gone through, I never would have been in a position to meet Chris.  Without Chris’ struggles and the things he’s been through to bring him to KC, he never would met me.

I am so happy and beyond thrilled to move into this next chapter of my life with Chris.

WE’RE ENGAGED!!

2017 Running Goals

 

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Running Goals for 2017:

1. Complete a marathon. I am signing up for the Detroit Free Press International Marathon for this October, and will run it with Chris. I’m quite terrified, but excited.  I think running my first 26.2 as a racecation will be beneficial, as I won’t be able to psych myself out about the hills of KC quite so much. Plus, I’ll be running every step with Chris, and I know we can push each other to finish together and finish strong.

2. Run a trail race.  I’ve wanted to run a trail race for a while now. I’m a bit nervous about running on true single track trails because of the instability in my knee, but I think adding some trail runs will only help strengthen me, both mentally and physically, and I can’t wait to enjoy nature in a different way like this.

3. Feel more confident in the half marathon distance.  I have already signed up for Rock the Parkway, in April, and I hope to add a couple more half marathons to my schedule for 2017.  I want to feel confident and strong running a half marathon. I know training for a full marathon, and adding in trail runs, will help boost my confidence as I build up the miles.

4. Run 1000+ miles.  I was so happy to reach 1025 miles for 2016, I think the amount of miles was a good push for me to keep each month high enough but doable.  I want to reach 1000 miles again in 2017.

5. Add in strength training, yoga, and more biking.  I always feel stronger and more well rounded and balanced when I cycle regularly.  I miss doing yoga, it’s been a long time, but I want to regain the flexibility and centeredness I get from yoga.  I also need to add in strength training, and plan to start slowly by adding in a little bit once a week, and build from there.

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