Yikes! I almost forgot to write about my five year runniversary!
Five years ago, on MLK day I took my first steps as a wannabe runner with an uncertain goal of finishing a 5k at the end of March. A few months later I completed that goal, and now five years later, I’ve finished a couple half marathons, a full marathon, and countless races in between. Ridiculous!
I think it’s awesome that I’m back in Tallahassee, where it all began. It’s great motivation to keep pushing myself and to remember how far I’ve come in this journey. It’s also important to celebrate the fact that I am able to run and not take that for granted.
In honor of my runniversary, I dug up this old journal entry from my private journal.
Reliving my first time running:
I went running today for the first time, umm, ever. I don’t honestly think that I’ve ever been consistently running for as long as I was today, which wasn’t very long, but whatever. I am so pumped and thrilled with how well I did. I honestly thought that I wouldn’t be able to run for more than a minute, but I jogged for 3 laps around the track, which is 3/4 mile and took about 9 miles [minutes?]. Then I walked a lap and then rested for a bit. Then did another 3 laps and a walking lap. Then concluded with 1 more running lap around the track. Ran a total of 7 laps, walked 2. Which means I ran 1 3/4 mile and walked 1/2 mile. At one point I got a cramp in my side because my breathing was all funky, but after it went away I was able to start running again. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the best runner by any means and I am actually pretty slow… but I am still astounded by the fact that I did way better that I ever would have imagined. Plus, the experience was pretty exhilarating. I have the confidence that I need to do the 5k now. I know that I can work up to running 3 miles in 10 weeks… that won’t be an issue. I’ve also been doing reading on running and such and there are a lot of health benefits aside from the obvious weight loss and such… for instance, it helps with diabetes, heart disease, depression, concentration and a bunch of other stuff. Although I definitely need to be careful that I don’t hurt myself, because that would suck. And right now I’m already sore…
Then I also found this, a post from GirlGoneRunning, my old running blog about my two year runniversary!
It was a big weekend in running for me! Thursday, January 15th was my two year running anniversary. I know that sounds rather cheesy, but I really feel like when I started running it was like the opening of a new chapter in my life. I had never been athletic and hadn’t found any form of physical activity or exercise that I enjoyed, but I fell in love with running. I love thinking of myself as a runner. I love the challenge that running gives me. I love that it’s hard and it hurts. I love that it gives me something to talk to other people about. I love that it connects me with a community of people. I love the opportunities it opens up to me. I love running. So happy two year running anniversary to me!
Finally, somewhat in conjunction with my discovery of running, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo for about five years. I think I’ve finally decided what I want and where I want it.
I’ve always wanted words or a phrase that had to do with running, but would also serve as a larger reminder to myself to take chances. I’ve settled on live (fearlessly). I like the idea of “live” because it can mean both live, as in a live event, something happening right now, or I am alive, and live, as in live your life to the fullest. Then I want to put it on my foot, because my feet carry my on adventures and through running, I feel alive.
Now, I just need to figure out when I’m going to bite the bullet and get it done!
Questions: Do you celebrate any important anniversaries that are unrelated to relationships or birthdays? Would you ever get a tattoo? What would it be?