2011 Adventures-Running

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I am going to do a little backtracking for a moment to share some of the amazing adventures I had in 2011.  I am really not sure if anything could possibly top 2011, but what matters is that I was able to have these adventures at all.  Back when I had decided I wanted to lose weight I was toying with the idea of running. For anyone who knew me at all knew I absolutely despised running, but something in me wanted to challenge myself to do this.  One would think after spending 4 years in the Army that I would have ran enough to last a lifetime.  Honestly, looking back on it all I did not have the confidence to actually push myself to run like I could have during that time so I just did what I needed to do to get by.  Funny how those little moments of “if I had it to do all over again” can creep up in one’s life.  I knew running was not going to be easy.  I had so many more responsibilities than what I did 10 years ago and not to mention I was 10 Years Older but I knew I wanted to at least try.  So in July 2011 I started running and training using the Couch to 5K App on my phone. http://www.bluefinapps.com/#ourapps   When I first started I thought there is no way I am going to be able to run for five minutes let alone a 5K but each week it got easier and I was able to run “harder, faster, stronger”.  My first race was in August and I only did a 1 mile race but right then and there I was bitten by the bug.

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In September 2011 I did my first 5K.  My race time was 35:29.  Now I know that may not be the fastest time but I am incredibly happy with those results.

Image Looking back I think I was really consumed by the number and wish I would have done more but now I think it’s pretty cool and I do not dwell on the number but more so on the fact that I went out there and did it.  My daughter loves to “race”.  I say race because she is extremely competitive but does not like to train.  Luckily for her she is a natural runner.  She also ran this race with me and I remember seeing her WAY——ahead of me at point during the race and feeling nothing but pride and pure happiness that this was something we were able to share.

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The running bug kept biting and I ran another 5K in October with my daughter.  This time was more for fun and it was a night run through downtown, around the lake, through the cemetery.  You can not pick any better course for a Halloween run.  We also got to dress up in costume.

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My time was not as good as my first race (36:24) but the course was a little tougher and I was really out to just have a good time. My dad was in from out of town and it was nice to have him there to be involved and witness some of my interests as an adult.

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The fun did not stop there.  In October I also did my first 10K.  I had been training with my best friend since July and we were both very gung ho about racing.  Honestly, I was not physically or mentally ready for the 10K but I thought “this is your chance to prove to yourself you can do this”.  So I did it.

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It was SUPER cold this morning and I really had a mental block going but I just wanted to finish.  The first mile was a piece of cake.  I thought “wow” this is going to be easy.  Mile 2 went well and mile 3 was ok, but the last 3.1 miles proved to be the toughest.  Obviously because I hadn’t really trained for a 10k and the farthest I had gone was about 4 miles prior to this run. I ended up finishing with a time of (1:15).  Again, not a great time but I had accomplished something I set out to do.  I went home after that race feeling the weakest I had felt mentally and physically in a long time.  I knew why I was physically weak but the mental part of it had me perplexed.  I later realized that it was the beating down mile by mile of the mental block I started the race with.

More Running Adventures in the next post……….

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