Since moving, I’ve been running a ton.
Back in February, I set a goal to run a 5k (3.1 miles) in less than 30 minutes. The last time I had run that was in high school.
On Labor Day, I ran a 5k in 27:16! It was awesome and I’m so excited that I hit my goal. I think there was a part of me that never thought it was going to happen.
I have never really enjoyed running. In high school, I ran cross country so that I could meet the required mile run time for the varsity basketball team. I enjoyed the challenge, but I definitely didn’t enjoy the running. After high school, I didn’t do much of anything. And running definitely wasn’t on the list of things to do. When Big C arrived, I realized I needed to do something to get back in shape. I joined Stroller Strides and those ladies are awesome! Eventually they
convinced conned me into running with their running group. In February of 2012, I ran a 10k (6.2 miles). My goal was to just physically run the entire way. I did it, but it wasn’t pretty. Many of the other ladies ran the half marathon and I thought that sounded like torture. I ran to get in shape and get healthy, but there was no way I was going to run for 2 hours at a time!
Right after the race, I found out I was pregnant with the little one. I decided to do Flagstaff’s Summer Running Series and I completed 4 races (5k’s) while preggo. By the end, I was definitely walking not running, but it felt amazing to be so active. And I know that being in shape was a contributing factor to having such a good birth experience with Little C.
While living here, I’ve run about 10 miles every week. I’d like to say that I’ve done it because I’m just so healthy and this crazy fitness person. But the real reason? I don’t know anyone. And the boys are quiet in the stroller. So, the longer I run, the more peaceful it is. And then we’ve gotten out of the house, the little one sleeps and we get to play on the playground for awhile. It has definitely been my coping mechanism for long mornings.
And then something amazing happened. The runs started to be easy. And dare I say, fun? The focus wasn’t just to run for the sake of running. It was to get out, enjoy the weather, and relieve some frustration. Now I think I’m hooked! It is so peaceful to be outside and the quiet time to think and pray and dream has been exactly what I need.
I’ve also found a few running buddies and we’ve done longer runs. Lots of 4 and 5 milers and even a 9 mile run! I am even signing up for my first half marathon. The Country Music Half Marathon in April. I am genuinely excited to run it. And I have tons of time to build up my endurance.
If you’ve been feeling down or just cooped up, may I suggest going for a run? You might be surprised what you find out about yourself!