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!

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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