Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Runniversary to me

Two years ago today I started the couch to 5k program to see if I would like it.  To see if I could do it.  I like to say the first time I hit the treadmill it was love.  I think I was so excited that I didn't fall of the treadmill that I was just twitterpated.  I can tell you that I woke up the next morning and went to the gym to do day two.  I can also tell you with absolute certainty even early on I knew I felt better when I ran.

I kind of one cheeked my way through the program.  I probably didn't apply myself as hard as I could have/should have but it definitely fueled the fire.  I was hooked even on the treadmill.  I was quite content on the treadmill.  I had music, I had closed captioned TV, I could go rain or shine.

I ran my first 5k in December of 2011.  That was not only my first 5k, but the first time I ever ran outside.  It was cold that day, or so I thought, so not being familiar with the dynamic of running in the cold I had on sweat pants, the race shirt and a sweat jacket.  I might as well have had a big "Hi, I'm new!" sign.  The jacket came off within about five minutes.  It was then that I realized why my experience runner friend told me she always wore shorts 45 degrees and above.  I finished at 40:18.  Not spectacular, but not too bad either.

Next thing I knew I started running outside with friends at lunch, one of them was BRF.  It was during those runs that we became friends.  Before I knew I had signed up for two more 5k's and a 10k within a three week period.  Then we were doing 5k's every weekend through May.

The rest, my friends, you know as I started my blog shortly after my first runniversary.

So just for giggles since I have started running, I have competed in 18 5k's.  I have shaved 10 minutes off my initial 5k time from 2011.

One 8K in the prettiest local place imaginable to run.

I have complete two 10'ks.  Shaving off a little over four minutes from my first 10k.

I have competed in one 15k, and ran two legs of the Route 66 Marathon relay.  Which had been my farthest distances prior to Princess.

Then of course there was the half that started it all.  Princess Half, which then led to two other half marathons  in two months and qualified me for Half Fanatics.  Plus shaved 18 minutes off of my half time from Princess to the OKC Half.  Not too bad for someone whose long term running goal was just to complete Princess Half and call it good.

For this year I have planned my first race with my five year old daughter, plus my favorite local fall races.  Heading into the Tulsa Run and the Route 66 Marathon (half).  I'd be lying if I wasn't the least bit tempted to try and run for Charity for Wine & Dine.  It's Just a few short days after a mid decade birthday and what would be more fun than a couple of days at Disney?  Doubtful I will do it at as we will have just returned from the family fall break trip two weeks prior.  But a girl can dream right?

So thankful for all that running has changed in my world and so thankful for my running friends, and my new running friends that I have yet to meet.

I can not wait to see what the next year brings.  Thanks for lacing up with me on the journey.