About a year ago I fell in love in running.
No..I wasn’t exactly new to running but I’ve never appreciated running… I was one of those girls. B You know the ones you see at the gym daily but for never more than 45 minutes. B I’ve been running for a few years. B By running I mean 3 miles here and there before moving back to the elliptical orB StairMasterB to conclude my gym sessions of burning 500 (I’m short so it takes a while) calories. B Every once in a while I would run 5-6 miles and pride myself in a great workout. B It was never about the run itself, it was mostly about trying to stay in shape. B It became a routine of just what I did… Just like work, I had a 45 minute workout session to complete after completing my 8 billable hours (10 during busy season).
Then a year ago I somehow decided to sign up for a half marathon. B I don’t remember who gave me that bright idea or where I even found out about the race because this was long before the days of my running blog stalking and Running Times magazine subscriptions. B Maybe I hit my head when I got that idea.
Did I have every intention to train for my new brilliant idea? B Yes! B Did I get my shizzle together in order to train for it? No. B I think my longest run was 8 miles and yes when the day came, I learned and paid the price for the difference between 8 and 13 miles.
The race I signed up for was Run to Remember in Boston that was held on May 29th 2011. B It was probably one of the hardest runs I ever did. B You can tell just how thrilled I was with my face of death at the finish line.
Although the first 8 miles weren’t too bad.
It was at my first race where I started to harness my facebooking while running skills.
This was a flat course that ran through Boston’s financial district with a loop along the Charles River. B I somehow finished inB 1:48:51. B I guess I have great first time racer luck. B Although I can tell you that I certainly did not feel that way after finishing. B I remember sitting in a corner with a small pile of Hummus and Stacy’s pita chips. B Hey I might have been tried, but free food is still free food. B So back to sitting and feeling miserable. B Things that I didn’t even know could hurt? B Those hurt for the next 4 days. B The four steps I have to make it down the porch of my house.. those were hell!
Yet somehow I signed up for a second half-marathon in September and moved up to full by March. B I guess all runners areB masochistic! B I got a little ambitious signed up for the Boston Marathon a month later with a 50K two weeks after that and two half marathons the next month. I did get a ahead of myself.
Now I’m paying the price. B My left B piriformis muscleB is irking me to a point that it keeps my speed and distance at bay. B Speed and distance that I spent the first half of 2012 working on is slow leaving me. B It’s hard letting that go. B I know once I heal, rest, relax I can start working back to my achieved endurance. B I know it, but sometimes my eagerness andB stubbornnessB doesn’t want to listen.
But back to the Run to Remember. B I’ll be running the half marathon tomorrow. B Before I ran Boston and angered my piriformis, I really wanted to PR on this course. B I really wanted to see the change in my speed with my new training put to use. B I’m sadly realizing that now I probably won’t be able to PR.
However, when I first fell in love with running, I used to run for fun and not for time. B Okay maybe I had one small goal of just running faster than Tony but it was all in good fun. B Hopefully I can remember to stay in that mentality tomorrow. To rejoice in summer, running, and fun!