4 Years of Running

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!

3 Year Runniversary

Today is my running anniversary, or Runniversary! As of today, January 12, I have been running for 3 years!  Back in 2012, if you would have asked me if I would be running in 2015, the answer would have been “pssh, probably not.”  I did not Resolve to run in 2012, I just decided one day (just happened to be in January), that I was going to run, and I was going to go about it differently than all the other times I had tried in the past.  I downloaded an app on my phone called Couch to 5k, and started with Week 1 Day 1.  1 measly little minute of running, repeated 6 times, with 90 seconds of walking in between.  It felt like I was going to die.  6 whole minutes of walking.

But I didn’t stop, I kept going, week after week, repeating some weeks until I felt ready to move on.  In 2012, I ran/walked my first 5k, the Color Run, with Mom and Kristen.  From then on, I signed up for 5k’s, kept running with Mom and with my Couch to 5k app, and the rest, they say, is history!

I’ve compiled some of my favorite pictures and memories from the past 3 years of running, including meeting new friends, my first half marathon, the KC half marathon, and my KC Running Company Groupies.  I can’t wait to meet more running friends, make more memories, and run more miles than ever before!!

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Color Run in KC, summer 2012

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FHSU Oktoberfest 2012 and FHSU Oktoberfest 2013

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Running into Hays from several miles south of town, and just after a rainy summer run with Mom, both in the summer of 2014

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Running along Lake Michigan in October 2014, and before the Eisenhower half Marathon with family in April of 2014

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 2014, a run with Mom and Shay in the summer of 2014, and Labor Day fun run with James, fall of 2014

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After the Kansas City Half Marathon in October 2014

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KC Sunday Groupie Run, fall 2014

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Running buddies, Shay and Edgar

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My favorite running Groupies, and my new running friend Amy, winter 2014/2015

I celebrated my 3 year Runniversary by enjoying a wonderful rest day after my long run Saturday and a great recovery run Sunday.  James and I went to Yogurtini, and I’ll be going to bed early! Happy Runniversary to me!

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Milwaukee (Running)

This final post about my trip to Milwaukee with Mom and Dad, to see Kristen and Thayne, is about the 2 runs I had with Mom and Kristen in Milwaukee, along the lake.  Be sure to check out my recap of our trip Saturday and Sunday, here, and Monday and Tuesday, here.

Mom and Kristen and I were able to run by the lake twice on our trip.  Although Kristen runs WAY faster than Mom and I typically run, she was nice enough to run with us and show us some absolutely breathtaking paths she runs on a weekly basis.  Sunday morning, after we walked to the gym where Kristen works as a trainer, and left Dad to lift, we headed off to the lake front to run.  It was a chilly morning, especially with the breeze from Lake Michigan, but we warmed up pretty quickly with the sun shining.  The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon was taking place, and finishing near by, and we saw and heard the festivities during our run.  Mom and I were sure to wear our KC Running Co. Groupies shirts, so we represented KC to WI on the 50 state journey!

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After our run, we ate brunch and went to the Mukwonago Corn Maze.  Monday, Dad biked along with us on Kristen’s bike while Mom, Kristen and I ran a bit further north along the lake.  We ran through the McKinley Marina and out onto the breakwater to the lighthouse.  It was a little chillier on Monday morning, but the views of the city and the lake from the lighthouse were really spectacular.

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We ended up running about 4.5 miles each day on Sunday and Monday, which was more than I had run the whole week prior because of my sinus infection, and with Grandpa in the hospital I didn’t have much time, even if I had been feeling better.  The runs both felt really good, and the views of the lake, the city, and just having Mom and Kristen there, made both runs feel great. We had to “touch” the light house / pole, because Kristen says if you don’t touch it, you didn’t really officially run the breakwater.  She said she ran it once, and there were people by the pole, so she turned around and was starting to run back, when someone hollered at her and said she cheated! We were sure to touch it!

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After our run/bike on Monday, we showered up, at lunch, and drove around by the lake further north, stopped at a beautiful little beach, and walked by the Art Museum where we ran on Sunday, to feed the ducks and watch the geese.

Tuesday, we ran a couple miles along the indoor track that encircles the Wisconsin Athletic Club on the 6th floor.  There are window’s almost all the way around, which means when you run, the windows and side of the building are right next to you.  It is pretty cool to run on the 6th floor and be able to see the buildings all around downtown.  After our short run, Mom and I struggled through Kristen’s interval class at the WAC.  Burpees with a Bosu ball.  Nice, Kristen.

It was a great trip to Milwaukee with Mom and Dad, I knew I couldn’t fit it all into one post, so read Saturday and Sunday’s adventures here, and Monday and Tuesday’s fun here.