A while back I posted a bit of the story of why I started running. I loved sharing about what running means to my marriage, but then I haven’t written about running since!
Then I remembered the verse I hope will guide the whole blog:
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)
Well, since running part of what I do enthusiastically… here ya go!
My Running Background:
I began running about 3 years ago, at age 29ish. Before that I may have jogged on the treadmill at the gym, or would run occasionally with my then fiance (now husband), but nothing consistent really. I didn’t even play sports in high school.
I was brand spanking new to athletics.
About a year after having my first baby was when I decided to give consistent running a try.
first race // Aug 2012
I did the America’s Finest City Half Marathon in San Diego (my hometown) I ran 2:07 (9:45 pace) and just could not believe I had done it!! I ran a little more after that, then got pregnant with baby number 2 and running was difficult for me.
first marathon // June 2014
Daughter number 2 was about 11 months old and I did the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon! It was extremely warm, but I ran 3:49:10 (8:45 pace) and was very satisfied.
Running as of late:
CIM Marathon // December 2014
3:33:19, (8:06 pace), PR, Boston Qualifier.
Training for this race was a huge accomplishment for me. The milage (with two toddlers) was intense, I hit 60 miles in a week (my highest ever) a few weeks before the race. I loved everything about this race. My husband hit his Olympic Trials Qualifier that day too. It was awesome.
SacTown 10 // April 2015
1:14 (7:02 pace) for the 10 miles.
Big PR and great weekend away with hubby.
Bay2Breakers – Aggies Centipede // May 2015
50:20 (6:45 pace) for the 7.5 miles
Trained as hard as I possibly could to be able to be dragged along by some incredibly fast women. Had a HUGE race, such a big deal to do this with the team. I followed up with a 10k on my own the next weekend, and ran 43:02.
Mammoth Half Marathon // June 2015
1:50 (8:30 pace) for the 13.1 miles @ 7000 ft elevation
This wasn’t really a “race”, more just a super fun, super beautiful long run. I decided last second to do it, we celebrated our anniversary, hubby got 2nd place, and I enjoyed being able to run for fun, no pressure, and still have a (somewhat) decent time!
Running went from something that felt difficult every time I did it, to something I genuinely enjoy. My favorite is how we often get little “runcations” when a race gives my husband travel and hotel stays for free. Free weekends away? Yes please!
I am not sure what I want my next big race to be. Maybe train for a half in the fall? I don’t know! But I am hoping to get excited about something soon, so that I can get back to a higher level of training.