Happy 1 year running anniversary to me!
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:
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!).
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!!