Happy 1 Year Running Anniversary to Me!

Happy 1 year running anniversary to me!

There's no point in celebrating an anniversary if there's not cake involved.

This week has been so busy at work. I’m really sorry to have just completely vanished from the blogging and twitter world.  I was so busy that I completely missed my 1 year running anniversary!  Thanks to technology, I can share the embarrassing details:

I may be slow now, but I was really slow then!

Yep. That was Week 1, Day 1 of Couch to 5K.  I decided I wanted to run but knew I couldn’t do it on my own and that program was a life saver.  I made a lot of mistakes, like running ever single run on a treadmill, but the guide times were crucial because I never really played sports or ran before.

I remember thinking I’d run my goal race (Clarendon Day 5K on 9/25) and maybe a few more but I’d never aspire to run more than 3 miles. Only crazy people would want to run for longer than that! I did the 9/11 5K as practice – I had a horrible cold and was totally miserable – and was TERRIFIED to run Clarendon Day.  I ended up having a really good time though. I was thrilled with my time of 33:54. I figured I’d run a 10K sometime in the spring… maybe another 5K.

But then Suze talked me into the Rockville 10K in November and I had fun doing that, even though I’m pretty sure I got through the race on adrenaline alone.  Prior to the race I’d only run more than 3 miles twice – once I ran 4 and once I ran just over 5.  We did the 10K with a 4:1 run/walk ratio and came in at around 1:09.  I’ve only run 2 10K’s and this is actually my PR.

After this I was hooked on running but had no idea what I was doing training wise.  I ran the Jingle All the Way 10K – it was crowded, freezing and pouring – in December.  I started training for the GW Parkway 10 Miler in January. I tried to do every run as fast as I could and not surprisingly I ended up with some IT band problems in February.

Coming back from the IT band problems led me to discover some heart/thyroid issues I didn’t know about.  I didn’t get an awful lot of quality training in before the 10 Miler but I finished it and I’m proud of it.

I ran a series of 5K’s in my neighborhood in April and knocked my 5K PR down by nearly 90 seconds.  My goal of taking it to sub-30 in 2011 is still possible – hopefully at this year’s Clarendon Day (yes, I’m going to use that super big downhill to accomplish my goal – I’m crafty like that!).

You know you've run a PR when your finish pics all show you staring down your Garmin!

Also accomplished in my first year of running: running as part of a relay team for the National Half Marathon, completing the Warrior Dash, running my first trail race as part of a marathon team at the North Face Endurance Challenge and starting to run with a group/coach so I can get to my half marathon goal without getting hurt.

I can’t believe that I’m a month into training for my first half marathon.  I can’t believe I got the guts to train with a group and I REALLY can’t believe the workouts I’ve pulled off in the short period of time I’ve been working with them.  It’s been an amazing confidence builder and I’ve met some awesome people.

So here’s to my first year running. I can’t wait to see what year two brings!!

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15 responses to “Happy 1 Year Running Anniversary to Me!

  1. Go for that sub-30! Fueled by cake, I hope.

  2. Congrats my dear! Look how far you’ve come! I love the idea of a running anniversary. I’m sad I don’t remember exactly when I started running. (I think it was April-ish of 2010, but that’s as close as I can get!)

  3. Wow, you’ve come quite a way! You are going to kick butt on your half marathon and I guarantee you can do a sub-30 if you can run a 7:47 minute mile. Keep being awesome. 🙂

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      I have such a hard time understanding how track work will translate into longer distances! Runner’s World Smart Coach & McMillan Calculator have my running my long runs at like 12 minute miles so it’s hard to understand how I’ll be able to get so much faster. I guess I’ll see how it goes when I try! 🙂

  4. 2blu2btru

    Congratulations on all of your success thus far, and much more success in the future! 🙂

  5. YAYAYAAY happy anniversary!! YOU ROCK

  6. Congrats! I loved reading this; I always assumed you’d been a runner forever, I can’t believe it’s only been a year!

  7. Congrats on your success! Keep up the good work and I’m sure you will reach your goals for the half marathon!

  8. Yay for running! You’ve certainly made a lot of progress in the span of only one year Carly – way to go!

  9. Congratulations for sticking to it! Great job 😉

  10. YAAAY running anniversary! I LOVE that you celebrate this. here’s to a FANTASTIC year two!

  11. Happy Runniversary! You picked this up like a pro! And you are the bestest running buddy ever. 🙂

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  13. Aw, this is so great. Congrats on a year of running and on how far you’ve come. So much fun stuff ahead of you, too:). Yay!

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