30 years ago this week I made one of the best choices of my life – I decided to run track my sophomore year of high school. I signed up for the entire year of athletics and thought I would just hang out or something in the fall since I had plans to be a quarter miler.
My coach suggested that I try cross country. Even though I had no idea what that meant, I decided to go ahead and try it.
The first day we had to run to a nearby park, loop it and run back to the school – about 1 mile. I had to walk 3 times!!!
It was hard but I stuck with it and ended up loving everything about cross country!
And track was even more fun!!!
I went on to run in college on a scholarship.
I road raced my way through grad school and found another love!!! The atmosphere at road races was so much fun!
The past 10-15 years have been less about racing and more about running just because I love it!
The longest time I’ve gone without running in the past 30 years was almost 6 months. In November of 2001 I was near the end of training for a marathon and ended up with a stress fracture in my left hip. My orthopedic surgeon actually threatened me with a hip replacement. Thankfully I healed but it was almost 6 months of no running (actually only minimal walking) – it was brutal for everyone involved!!!
My current goal is to complete 50 miles (or more:) in a race!!!
I’m hoping to keep running for at least 30 more years!!!
If you run, how long have you been running? Do you have any hobbies that you have done for over half your life?
Even though it was after 2am when we went to bed this morning, we were still up by 8 – crazy!!! No need to sleep the day away I guess (although I think a nap might be on tap later today!).
For the 43 today, I went way back to my days as a college track coach – sprinter abs. It is similar to a crunch: keep your core contracted and move your feet and arms sort of like you are running. (maybe the video will help – my brain is sort of mush today!!!)
I wore my new running outfit for the first time today!! MizFit running skirt and sports bra – super cute. (I was getting frustrated with the picture taking – hard to get a shot that didn’t make my gut look disgusting!!!)
Because last night had a lot of this:
I needed a good work-out today. Plus, I always start the New Year with a run!!! 4 weeks ago when the DR said no weight-bearing, blah……for 8 weeks I knew that would never work! I also knew that I would run today – gotta sweat out the tequila start the New Year right!!
Chris said – how about 1 mile? Really?!! I’ll just do 5. I did run 5 miles (on the treadmill at 1.5 incline in 40 minutes) – I am out of shape!!! It was awesome to run again – hopefully I don’t pay a high price in the next day or so! (I’m sure it will be fine!)
We had a great time last night (into the early morning) bringing in the new year with friends! I’m looking forward to a great year! I truly want to enjoy every part of my life this year – the small, daily things as well as the big “high-light” events!!
Happy 2013 – I hope y’all are all off to a great start!!