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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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!