My Runniversary…3 Years!

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3 Years ago today I took my first steps running and absolutely fell in love with the sport and the running community. I met fantastic people who have encouraged me, advised me, and pushed me. Running is a solo sports, that you can do it by your own, in any given time and anywhere you’d like to run. Running makes me feel powerful and strong, is a stress reliever and I love the challenges it presents both physically and mentally.  Friends, travel, relationships, solace, peace, love, frustration, time, pain, joy, fun– it has all been there, wrapped up in countless pairs of shoes and miles.  I have medals and photos and lots of wonderful memories. I have not only called myself a runner but have been doing it long enough to be able to realize what an incredible gift that is.

While I was browsing the web I stumbled upon a blog called The Logic of Long Distance by Jeff Edmonds. His post “How it Works” perfectly describes what being a runner and training mean, and it deserve to be shared:


“This is how it works:

Training is doing your homework. It’s not exciting. More often than not it’s tedious. There is certainly no glory in it. But you stick with it, over time, and incrementally through no specific session, your body changes. Your mind becomes calloused to effort. You stop thinking of running as difficult or interesting or magical. It just becomes what you do. It becomes a habit.

Workouts too become like this. Intervals, tempos, strides, hills. You go to the track, to the bottom of a hill, and your body finds the effort. You do your homework. That’s training. Repetition–building deep habits, building a runner’s body and a runner’s mind. You do your homework, not obsessively, just regularly. Over time you grow to realize that the most important workout that you will do is the easy hour run. That’s the run that makes everything else possible. You live like a clock.

After weeks of this, you will have a month of it. After months of it, you will have a year of it.

Then, after you have done this for maybe three or four years, you will wake up one morning in a hotel room at about 4:30am and do the things you have always done. You eat some instant oatmeal. Drink some Gatorade. Put on your shorts, socks, shoes, your watch. This time, though, instead of heading out alone for a solitary hour, you will head towards a big crowd of people. A few of them will be like you: they will have a lean, hungry look around their eyes, wooden legs. You will nod in their direction. Most of the rest will be distracted, talking among their friends, smiling like they are at the mall, unaware of the great and magical event that is about to take place.

You’ll find your way to a tiny little space of solitude and wait anxiously, feeling the tang of adrenaline in your legs. You’ll stand there and take a deep breath, like it’s your last. An anthem will play. A gun will sound.

Then you will run.”

~ JEFF EDMONDS

Early this morning, I went for a 20 mile run on the Boston Marathon course from Natick,where I live, to the Newton Hills. It was nice out, about 35/40F degrees, there were people out training on the course and I was felt pretty good! What a great way to celebrate 3 years of running!  And I rewarded myself with the 2013 Boston Marathon Jacket. Since my first Boston in 2010 I’ve been waiting for BAA to make the old blue and yellow color jacket, and guess what? This is my lucky year finally! I think it’s bad karma to wear it before you actually finish the race, so until after the race it will stay hung up in my closet=)

2013 Boston Jacket

2013 Boston Jacket

In the past 3 years I have…

  • Ran 30 races including 4 full marathons and 12 half marathons
  • Shaved 20 minutes off my first  Marathon
  • Ran a total of 5,921.8 miles since day one

It has been a good three years and I am so grateful. So here’s to another great year of running!

How do you celebrate your running milestones?

My 2 Year Runniversary

Two years ago today…

  • I ran my very first mile of my first half marathon training.
  • I had no idea what a Garmin was, what lactate threshold meant, what tempo, BQ, VO2, or really any running terms meant.  Had no idea there were running terms and what Boston qualifier meant.
  • I had no idea if I could run 26.2 miles.
  • I would have never imagined that I would qualify  for the Boston Marathon on my first attempt.
  • I had no idea what a huge impact running would have on my life.
  • I had no idea I was born to run.
  • My life changed for the very best.
  • Fell in love with lululemon running gears and people that worked at the Natick store. Researched more about the company and loved everything about it to the point that I applied for a job and here I am now being with the company for over 7 months.

I still can’t believe it’s been two full years since that day.

If you don’t know my story, I had a marathon on my bucket list.  I was bored in my workout routine and needed a new challenge, so I took a leap of faith and sign up for the Great Bay Half Marathon in Newmarket, NH (Crazy hilly) to test my endurance out.  One little mile started it all.

I have learned so much about running and about myself in those two years and I cannot imagine what I would be doing now without it.  Running has become such a huge part of my life now and has introduced me to the most amazing people and community.  I am very, very lucky to have found it.

So here I am 2 years later, still running.  Running and me just click.  I can’t imagine not running and I can’t wait to see what I have going on in another 2 years!

In the past 2 years i have…

  • Ran 20 races including 2 full marathons and 9 half marathons
  • Shaved 10 minutes off my first Half Marathon
  • Ran a total of 3338.9 miles since day one ( Few more miles and it’s like I ran to Italy=)

Running has changed my life for the better.  It has given me something to always strive for and to look forward to.  It has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to, and that I am tougher than I thought I was.  It has introduced me to a lot of amazing people. It keeps me sane, focused, dedicated and happy.  It has made me stronger, both physically and emotionally.  It has taught me that hard work pays off. And it is one of the thing in my life I am very confident about.

Do you celebrate your Runniversary?


My One Year Runniversary!

 

My destiny with running started on March 2, 2010 when I ran my first mile of training for the Great Bay Half Marathon and back then I had no idea what it would turn into.  Here I am today just  few weeks away  from my second Marathon….I would have never imagined that before running for one full year I would be training for the Boston Marathon.
What made me start running? I simply needed a change in my life, something new and challenging.  Also, I was bored with my workout routine and needed a new challenge.  I’ve had in mind that some day I’d run a marathon, so there I was signing up to run my first Half Marathon in only 6 weeks to test my endurance.  After crossing the finish line, I remember Steph, my husband’s friend from College who also run that race and she is an incredible runner, telling me that I would be now addicted to running and racing but even though I had a great sense of accomplishment I was exhausted! My legs were hurting, I could barely walk and the only thing I could think of was not running at this level of exhaustion again!  Needless to say my  Steph was absolutely correct! I totally fall in love with running and became a very dedicated runner.  I have learned so much about running and about myself this year and I cannot imagine what I would be doing now without it.  Running has become such a huge part of my life now and has introduced me to the most amazing people like Steph who have encouraged me, advised me, and pushed me!


Highlights from my first running year:

Miles Run: 1650 Miles
Race Events Joined: 9 ~ Official Races. Two 5Ks,  one 4-miler, one 10K, 4 Half Marathons and 1 Marathon.
Running Shoes Used: 3  ~ I found that the Ascics G-2150 are the best fit for me, just bought the 4th one!
First Race: Great Bay Half Marathon, April 11, 2010. Time: 1:44:38
Fastest Half Marathon: Seacoast Half Marathon, November 14, 2010 Time: 1:36:39 Pace 7:23
Fastest 5K: Luv2Run 5 K Race, April 18, 2010 Time 21:51 Pace 7:03
Favorite Race: The 5K Jingle Run last December because I had to do it with my husband Dustin.  Running is definitely one of his least favorite physical activity, still he committed to run with me dressed up just because he knew how important that was to me.
Awards: 2. Third Overall Women in the Luv2Run 5 K Race, 2nd Place in my age group in the Maine Marathon