Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Looking Back on a Couple Years of Running

It was about this time in 2006 that I stared at a registration page for the Bowman Cup 5K Race at Kent State. I had tried to start running that summer, but only managed a steady run-a-few/walk-a-few routine that resulted in only a couple straight miles at a time.

Then we vacationed in Boston that August and almost all was lost.

A few weeks from race day, I wimped out on signing up. I was afraid I couldn't run 3.1 miles!

GP crosses the finishTruth is I probably couldn't have run the full 5K in late 2006. I didn't have a clue how to start running or how to get past the point at which I wanted to die. And I really only knew how to run hard and fast without any hope for endurance whatsoever.

I'm not sure what clicked for me in January 2007, but my running life has really looked up since then. So, I thought it was only appropriate to look back on my old self, having run a couple half marathons and my first marathon, less than two years from skipping a 3+ miler.

My running isn't worlds different -- in fact, I'm probably a little slower than I was at the start --
but my training is better. Without the lessons and advice I've received from friends, from the blogosphere, from friends from the blogosphere, I'd probably have either quit running or been forced to stop by multiple injuries beyond my wildest dreams.

Plus, I would have never earned all the cupcakes I've eaten over the past year and a half.

I've told everyone the biggest surprise of my 2008 Akron Marathon was by miles 23 or 24, I was already thinking about my next marathon. I was giddy for most of the race and yelped in celebration as I crossed the finish. Talk about an awesome time.

Never did I doubt I'd cross the finish, which is a long road from the chica who thought she couldn't finish a 5K, then a 5-miler, then a 10-miler, then the Akron half last year. Less than two years ago, I remember driving 26 miles from Stow to Mayfield, Ohio, and telling Neil that I'd never be able to run that far. I hadn't ever run 26+ miles before last Saturday, but now I have. What can't I do?

So, thanks to everyone who has pushed, pulled and patted me along the way. From training advice and warnings to parsing tips and racing strategies, everyone has left their marks on my stride. Here's to many more runs, races and recoveries for us all!

5 comments:

kelsalynn said...

I just now read your marathon story b/c I told myself I wanted to read it all in one sitting.

It brought tears to my eyes. I'm so proud of you! You did a great job especially while pushing through the pain.

Two years ago I couldn't run a mile. Go figure!!

Kelsalynn

Landon said...

I *knew* you'd be able to do it. Even when it was inconceivable to the new-running-you, I knew you had it in you.

triguyjt said...

fantastic job in two years....

that is very impressive....

and the photo of you crossing the finish line... you looked like you were flying....
thats a great shot...
you gotta get copies of that...

very cool....
here.....have a cupcake

Nevenka said...

You can do anything you set your mind on doing and you have done that all your life from demanding to ride the little red tricycle when you couldn't even stand on your own to running the marathon. THAT's my G!!! I love you.

TRI Vortex said...

That reminds me of my last race. A little slower but damn did I feel good.