In honor of national running day, I’m sharing my running story.
I was pretty active growing up, I was in ballet and on the tennis team in middle and high school. Early college I went to the gym here and there, rollerblading, biking, and my freshman year I really got into yoga. But I didn’t really do too much running. It wasn’t really until the beginning of 2011 that I started to give running a chance. I had broken up with my college boyfriend over Thanksgiving (we dated over 2 years), had gotten past the all I want to do is lay in bed and cry into my ice cream stage, and realized I had all this time I didn’t know what to do with because that was time I usually spent with him. So I decided to start running.
I initially started running with my friend, Friday. He’s such a great guy and would yell at me when I tried to stop running (at these times I didn’t think he was so great). He really taught me that getting the miles down is really more of a head game than a physical feat. Did you know you could run through a side cramp? Neither did I… until he made me. But we started slow, 2-3 miles here. Soon I was getting up Tuesday mornings and going 7 miles on my own simply because I wanted to.
Years 2011 and 2012, I ran here and there because it just felt good. I really liked running just as a way to get away from it all and clear my mind. I did a few 5ks in there too somewhere.
In the summer of 2013, I signed up for a Tough Mudder with my boyfriend at the time and his friends. It was great. We finished in just over 2 hours with 10 miles and obstacles. I would love to do another if the timing and team is right. Then I decided to sign up for the Mankato Half Marathon. I didn’t tell anyone I did this until right before the race. And I definitely didn’t train near as much as I should have. But I finished it. And I made my goal which was to run the whole darn thing, no walking. Although there were definitely times my walking pace might have been quicker than my running. The time for my first half was 2:33.
In 2014, I took running a little more seriously. Plus running is a great thing to do when you move into a new city and have no friends. I really took to running the outer loop of Central Park. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle and was out 6 weeks in the summer. But I still ran two half marathons in the fall and made a new PR (personal record) for each. Also my parents came and watched me run the Mankato Half which was just such a great feeling. That was the first half I ever had anyone come cheer me on for and it made a world of a difference.
Sept. 28. 2014 Yonkers Half Marathon 2:06
Oct. 19, 2014 Mankato Half Marathon 1:57
And then as you all know, this year I will be running my first full marathon, the NYC Marathon on Nov. 1st. But I do have a few other races scheduled in beforehand.
June 5 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge
Sept. 20 Oasis Rock ‘N’ Roll Half in Montreal
Oct. 11 Staten Island Half Marathon
Oct. 25 2015 NYC 10k (2 loops around Roosevelt Island)
What’s your running story? What races are you doing (have done) in 2015? Which ones are you the most excited for?
I’m looking forward to my destination half in Montreal the most. It will be my first destination race and I’m going with some friends and we have a whole girls weekend away planned (well it will be planned eventually).