A year in review of when I fell in love with running

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!

6 thoughts on “A year in review of when I fell in love with running”

  1. Great post! I hope you feel optimal for tomorrow’s race. Whether or not you PR, you will still beat me by 15+ minutes :). I’m at the Seaport Hotel, the race starts out my window tomorrow, see you there!

    1. Fancy!!! Are you sticking around Boston for the rest of the weekend? What are you seeing while here? I’ll be around after the run. Last year it was so hot that people were getting taken by stretchers. This year the race starts an hour earlier so shall be interesting.

  2. I love your journey towards learning to love running. You have come so far and I really think you are a natural… I can’t believe your time on that first race without fully training. You are such a speed demon! I totally feel your pain about putting our running on hold during injury. it is so frustrated and upsetting that we are losing all that we worked so hard for. I guess we have no choice but to challenge ourselves to get there again.

  3. I kindof stuck around Boston sice mid-Friday, and will leave tomorrow morning. My wife and I checked out North End, Financial district, Boston Common, Aquarium, Quincy market and the wharf. I scheduled a brunch cruise on the Odessey boat which sails right after the race (it should add some stress and help me speed up). Its good to know that it won’t be so hot, yesterday was almost 90s here. Now let’s PR this thing!

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