Monday, May 26, 2014

Gotta get over the hump

One of the things about the starting another blog is having to introduce yourself all over again. I'm having deja vu as I sit here typing this post, but life is considerably different since the last time I exposed my life all over the Internet. Three years ago I just started running and like so many others did the Couch to 5k program, culminating with my very first race in June of 2011. (FYI, this is the Cardio portion of Cookies Cardio and Clothes) Since then I've ran several 5ks, a few 8 and 10ks and 3 half marathons. 

Growing up I was the farthest thing from an athlete. I loved being a sedentary kid, hated gym class and anything that had to do with the outside. 3 years ago I was almost to my goal weight with Jenny Craig and had the brilliant idea to start running. Honestly though, I'm super competitive and my brother had bee running marathons for years. I figured if he could run 26.2, I could do 3.1. It was hot and hilly and I barely slept a wink that night, but I did it. I finished in 37:something, got passed by 70 year old men, small children and pregnant women and immediately wanted to do another. (Did I mention I'm super competitive?) I guess the rest is history.

Last year I was knocked out of running due to a back injury and only this year have I been slowly working my way back. Seriously, who knocks out their sciatic joint in a spin class? In January I started training again and ran a verrrrry slow half marathon. Since then it's been all about keeping up the running fitness and trying to get my speed back. Let's be clear though, I'm slow. Like seriously slow. I will never be one of those long limbed gazelles, I just want to not get passed by the man running uphill and pushing a wheelchair. (That happened in March)

Yesterday afternoon I headed over to the Shelly Lake Trail for a 4-ish mile run. Can someone please remind me to run in the mornings instead of waiting until 3pm? In terms of good idea / bad idea, this was a bad one. Lordy was it hot but my shoes were cute.

I took my new shoes for their first run, seriously, is there anything better than new running shoes? 

Like I said, it's been a slow running road back but I have a few races coming up that I need to get ready for, I'm doing the Running of the Bulls 8k next weekend and the Komen Race  for the Cure on the 14th. The Komen race has a special place in my heart. It was my first race 4 years ago and as long as I'm able I'll continue to race it. So, 3 weeks to go and I'm no where near a PR but there's nothing like the anniversary of your first race.

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