Exactly one year ago today, I ran my first race since competing in grade school field day. I signed up for the Go! St. Louis 5K after my sister-in-law suggested it and faithfully trained using the Couch to 5K plan. I was a total non-runner. Those first 1-minute run intervals hurt, and then the 5 minute intervals hurt. The 8 minute intervals were scary, and the first 20-minute run seemed downright impossible. But the plan said I could do it, so I did.
I posted obsessively about my training on Facebook (something that will come as no surprise to those of you who are my Facebook friends...sorry for clogging up your wall with my overuse). I was so excited and nervous. I can remember driving there with my sister-in-law and being disappointed that neither of our husbands were there to take pictures of such a momentous event for us.
|Pre-race shot of the finish line|
I pushed hard to cross the finish line before thirty minutes, and I did it: 29:13. I watched for my sister-in-law and cheered her in. We grabbed a couple of food items, snapped some pictures, and headed for home.
|Sadly, I don't look much different now.|
|So proud of ourselves! :)|
Run: (4) additional 5Ks (PR 28 min)
(2) 10Ks (PR 58:37)
(1) 7.8 mile trail race (2:21)
(1) 15K trail race (1:43)
(1) 10 mile race
(1) 20K trail race (2:20)
(2) half marathons (PR 1:58:37)
...and my first marathon is on May 1.
(202) blog posts (most, but not all about running)
(75) new blog followers and countless new blog friends
It's been a busy year. While I'm a little sad that I won't be able to slip into conversations that I've only been running a year, I'm really excited to see what the next year holds.