One of my goals is to always be a bright spot on the internet. No matter what’s going on in my life or yours, you bring me joy and I hope, when you come here for a few minutes each day, I do the same for you. Today’s moment of joy is brought to you by one of my very favorite things…AND one of the most requested blog post topics from YOU!
It’s all about running 🙂 .
Last year, one of the most frequently asked questions I received was “tell us about how/when/where/details of when you run”. And then on Monday, when I asked on Stories, what you’d like to see more from me this year, SO MANY OF YOU SAID A POST ABOUT RUNNING.
So here it is.
This is that post.
Disclaimer before we begin (I always love a good disclaimer 😉 ): I do consider myself “a runner” but I know that really means nothing because some of you are really RUNNERS, and that’s so dang awesome. I am a person who has enjoyed running for over 20 years and do it consistently. I’ve run loads of 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and even two full marathons, but right now, I just love to run for fun, for me, for exercise, for no one but myself. I am by no means some sort of fitness expert and as always, take everything I say with a grain of salt. These are just my ideas, my ways that help get me out the door and running…and if you’re starting the new year trying to become “a runner” too, then hopefully, you can take something from today’s post to help you this year.
Oh bless me. Ha! Here I am in 2006 running my very first full marathon. I made it a New Year’s resolution that year to run a half marathon and by the end of the year, I’d run two halves and two full marathons. And then I retired from marathon running 😉 .
I didn’t start running in 2006 though, I just ran for a reason that year for the first time. I actually started running my first week in college way back in September 2000 because…I didn’t have any money for a gym membership. #truestory
I had been a dancer from 3 to 18, so for the first time in my life, I was away from home and didn’t have an activity to keep me fit/active/healthy nor did I have extra income, so running became the way I started each day. I always had 8:00 AM classes (no one is surprised), so I would wake up by 5:00 in order to run before school (some things never change, folks). I started running as a cheap way to stay fit but quickly found out that I LOVED it because it was just for me and about me. I could pray while I ran. I could listen to music. I could enjoy the quiet and process my thoughts. I could think about nothing. I could think about everything. It was just my time…and I loved it.
After college, I married Andrew, and we immediately moved to Detroit where I kept running but this time, it also gave me a way to “explore” my new neighborhood. #bonus
A year later, we moved back to Texas where I just kept on runnin’. At this point, I was consistently running at least 4 miles a day most days of the week.
And then in 2006, I decided to run a half-marathon which turned into two full marathons by the end of the year.
I loved training for my marathons! I would run two short runs a week (5 to 7 miles each), and then one long run on Saturdays (20 to 24 miles). Andrew worked a lot, we didn’t have kids, I had all the time in the world, so taking four hours to run every Saturday was an uninterrupted pleasure. I don’t think I’m currently in a place in life to commit that much time to running, so now, I run anywhere from 2 to 5 miles most days each week.