How it all started
Around this time, my boss asked a few coworkers and I if we would be interested in signing up for the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay. It seemed like a fun team building activity and running one mile at a time for a total of about 7 miles seemed pretty manageable.
When I told Anna, the first thing she asked me was had I ever run before. Sure, I had dabbled with short jogs on the treadmill or outside, but it was always for the purpose of burning extra calories, not for the purpose of actually running. After learning what a novice I was, Anna wrote me a training plan to get in shape for running the relay in January.
And that's how my love of running started! It's been rough at times (minor injuries, time conflicts, etc.) but during this past year, I've learned a lot and progressed more than I ever thought possible. I still remember my first 5k race last November and how I just wanted to finish in less than 30 minutes. I finished in 29:09, 32/92 in my age group. At my last 5k race, I finished in 22:53, 4/30 in my age group.
I knew I was a runner when . . .
It's been over these months, I've realized, I'm a runner! And believe me, no one is more surprised by this than me, the girl who once claimed to hate exercise. Here's how I knew:
- I don't feel guilty about eating large amounts of bagels, pasta, etc. Carbs = energy.
- Running shoes, clothes and accessories have taken over my apartment.
- Over the summer, I found myself discussing performance nutrition and pre-race fueling on a date with a fellow endurance athlete. Sexy? Hardly. But I still found it pretty interesting!
- I get a little too excited when a new Runner's World or Running Times is in my mailbox.
- I wear flats more often now to save my feet for hard running workouts.
- I find myself telling people things like "I'm only running seven or eight miles tonight."
- My favorite websites include running calculators and running blogs.
- These days, people actually ask me for running and workout advice.
So, what's next? I want to keep improving my race times and running stronger at every distance. In 2012, I'd like to achieve the following:
- A 6:20 mile time
- A sub 21 minute 5K time
- A sub 1:45 half marathon time