Well, I was wrong, today is my runiversary. 4 years I've been running. You can read the story of my first run here. If you're interested, and haven't already, you can read about how I started loving running here.
I read a lot of running/fitness blogs. And I will completely credit them for my motivation to continue to run in the beginning. I had started and stopped exercise/running numerous times in my 20's and early 30's and it never "stuck." This time, I had other people's experiences and stories to keep me going. At first I would read whole blogs, I'm talking several years worth of someone blogging, all at once. Every time I read about someone going for a run, it would motivate me to go for a run. Plus I had Pinterest, and all the fitness motivations on there, actually that is how I found the first blog I started to follow Runs for Cookies, I don't remember the pin, but it directed me to Katie's blog and I've been following her ever since. Then I started following some Facebook fitness/running pages. I was so scared to not run, that I ran every day and had to force myself to take a rest day. In the past I had started a fitness "routine" but one rest day always turned into 2 and 2 always turned into 3 and so on. It was so much easier the longer I went without exercising to continue to not exercise.
So, what have I accomplished in 4 years? Not a whole lot. =)
In 2012 I ran in 2 races, and walked one. My very first 2 miles averaged 23 min/mile (I was using my jogging stroller that hadn't been used in 14 years and had flat tires). I ran 577 miles in 2012.
|Have a Heart 5k 2012|
Berry Dairy Days Half
|Tri-Cities Marathon 2015|
|By far my most favorite running picture ever. I have the best son.|
In 2016 I turn 40 and my only goal is to run a race a month. I started in Oct (when my birthday is) and I have run 3 so far. My 4th one is tomorrow morning, just another 5k. I would prefer to run 10k's but it hasn't happened. I plan to run at least one more half marathon, I may do more, and I'm thinking I'll also run another marathon this year.
Over the last 4 years I have lost a total of 33 lbs, although at one point last year that number was 37lbs. I don't imagine that I will lose any more weight. Yes, it'd be super awesome to be in the 120's but I like food, wine and chocolate too much. And I'm pretty happy with my body right now.
From today . . .
Have a great weekend!