Happy 'Run'iversary to me! Another year has gone by and I have been running consistently for THREE years! Woah. That's a long time for someone who used to hate exercise, let alone running. Sorry, let me correct that. I knew that I needed to exercise. I knew it was good for me. But I had a hard time sticking with anything longer than two or three months. I got bored. Luckily, I found running. Or did running find me?
So how did I celebrate my 'Run'iversary? By running 3 miles with my family!! We were lucky enough to receive a new (to us) jogging stroller (for free!) from my wonderful sister-in-law, so even though we don't have a double jogger, we now have two single joggers for when we can all run together. I could not have asked for a better "present" for this important milestone than running with my husband and kids.
In the past three years, I have logged 3,189 miles, 538:46 hours:mins. 1,432 miles in the past 365 days. (I love the Garmin data to remind me of how far I've come!)
I have come a long way since my first post-baby #2 run on 9/4/09. That first run was 1.48 miles in 22:49 for an average pace of 15:23/mi. On 9/3/12, I ran 4 miles in 33:49 for an average pace of 8:28/mi. With hard work and dedication, anything is possible!
I never dreamed that I would stick with running, I had no confidence in myself. I never dreamed I would run a half marathon; now I've run three half marathon races and currently training for my fourth. I NEVER dreamed I would run a marathon; now I've completed two! I have lost weight, gained confidence and found a lot of good friends on this journey. I never dreamed I would convince Jeff to start running, but he has successfully completed several races, including a 10K! (Jeff's journey)
In my third running year, I have set THREE PRs (personal records); Half Marathon, 5K and 4 mile. Maybe this will translate to four PRs in my fourth year?! :) Hey, I'm aiming high! In this third year, I also learned so much more about myself! I've learned that just because I CAN run a marathon, it doesn't mean that I should. (For more on that, see this post) I have put the FUN back into running and I couldn't be happier right now. I can still encourage and inspire others to get started or continue on their journey, and probably do a better job since I'm happier with myself!
I'm looking forward to another fun year filled with many different adventures (some more crazy than others; Ragnar Relay for example!).
Do you celebrate your 'Run'iversary? How do you celebrate? How long have you been running?