Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy 'Run'iversary to me!


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?


  1. Happy Runiversary! Now you have me wondering when the first time was that I walked with MIT. I think it was June of 2009. I know it was 2009....hmmm.

    And your hubby's story is awesome! What a duo you two make! :)

  2. Wow! A run-iversary! I love it! I never thought of that before! I've been running for a few years steadily now, but I never kept track exactly. Now that I've read this I regret not doing so! You've come so far and should be really proud! Def deserves the celebration!! Spa love!

  3. CONGRATS! And I love my Garmin too by the way!

  4. Aww, I love this post! I haven't ever celebrated my runniversary but maybe I should! I ran solid for a year, then had babies (but still ran fairly regularly). Sept 2011 was my return to running post babies and I haven't looked back since.

  5. Happy Runiversary!! Well done Anne. Love your story. I started running not long before you and sorry to say, I havent kept all my stats - wish I had. Great post and you are inspiring. I love running too and so glad I found it. Interesting that just because you can run a marathon doesnt mean you have to - I think that is what I needed to hear this morning. Thanks!

  6. Awesome work! Happy anniversary! Keep up the great work and keep running! (:

  7. Thank you everyone! It's been quite the journey so far and it just keeps evolving. And definitely, celebrate!

  8. Happy Run'iversary. Glad to have found your blog!


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