In May 2011 I "ran" (walk/jog/walk) my first 5k....this lead to a racing addiction of sorts. I am not winning these races but I am winning in that I go, I run (now I run) and I have tricked a bunch of my friends into coming with me and I have made many lifelong friends in the process.
84 races later (as of 9/23/2012) I decided to start a blog. It will be mostly race recaps but I will soon be starting my marathon training...YIKES
I am 215 races down as of 12/31/13.
Ok I know I should be doing the blog post about the Brooklyn Half and YES I will I promise!! I just realized something today. It was exactly 2 years ago TODAY that I completed my very first 5k!! I have talked about it before but a quick recap....It was a Weight Watchers Walk It Challenge and I planned on walking but I also knew I needed someone to go with so Tom said he would. And he did, I knew he would want to run and I told him that was fine to go ahead and I would see him at the finish. Once we got started I decided I was going to run too....I jogged a little then walked then jogged ect.....I finished 44:40 but that was 122nd out of 834. That made made me think "I can do this!!" When I got home I signed up for 2 more. One 2 weeks later and 1 on my birthday. I set the goal right then that I was going to run the whole thing on my birthday which was 5 months later. I ended up doing 30 races in 2011.
Start line 5/22/11
I have now run more than 100 races from 4ks to half marathons to Spartan races and color runs. I am by no means fast and it is rarely pretty but even with a lot of physical (and mental) issues I have dealt with I have not given up and that is not usual for me. I have always been the type of person who if I am not good at something right away I just give up.
My 38th Birthday 10/23/11 - First time (and maybe only) I ran the whole 5k.
Something else awesome that happened just 5 days ago was my friend Katie over at From Icecream to Marathonposted that she was named on the list of 100 Motivating Facebook pages. I was super excited for her and when I clicked on the link to see if anymore of my blogging friends were on it and HOLY SHIT I was on it...WHAT?!?!?!?!? I have no idea how it happened but thank you to Women Races for the honor! To see the full list click Here.
If you are a runner, when/why did you start? What goals have you set for yourself?