Three years ago today, I laced up my running shoes and headed out running for the first time in my adult life. Other than running for the physical fitness tests in gym class when I was a child and teenager, I hadn’t run because I’d convinced myself that I couldn’t. I couldn’t picture running being a part of my life. And now, I can’t imagine my life without running being a part of it.
I was first inspired to start running after my husband completed his first marathon, the Disney World Marathon in January 2013. I made it my goal to train for and run my first half marathon, which I ran at Disney World in January 2014. That day was special for so many reasons, one of which was that I got to cross the finish line of my first half marathon holding my husband’s hand.
Running has taught me quite a lot. I learned several lessons when training for my first half marathon, and even more about training when I trained for Shamrock last March. I’ve also used lessons from past training cycles to help revamp my training plans. Continuing to run throughout most of my pregnancy last year was an entirely new beast, and I learned so much more from that experience.
During my third year of running, I completed four half marathons, including Rock ‘n’ Roll DC this past weekend. I also ran a ten miler, two 10ks, an 8k, and four 5ks. I’m tired just thinking about all of those race miles, and more importantly, all of the training miles that went into my preparation for those races. I was pregnant for all of those races except for one half marathon and the 8k.
Each year of running has had its own unique set of challenges. My first year of running was about learning to how to run, and how to enjoy doing it. My second year of running was about pushing myself harder than I did during that first year, which resulted in a massive PR at my fourth half marathon. And my third year was of course about learning how to continue to run and workout with my ever changing body, and then relearning how to run again post pregnancy. I can’t wait to see what this fourth year brings!
QOTD: How long have you been running for? What lessons have you learned about yourself as a result of running?