Two Year Running Anniversary

Today is the Firecracker 5k here in Charleston (WV) two years ago that was my very first 5k; my first official race. It’s been two years since I started the sport of running. As most of you who have been reading this blog know, the last time I ran was December 17, 2016, which was the Jingle Bell 5k. Its been a long day today my grandmother was in the ER all night (she’s fine) but during the long wait, I remembered the Firecracker 5k was today. I thought that was my very first race; here is the post about that day (Race Day). It was a rainy day and I was one of those people that swore I would never run “in the elements” but not only was our last practice run in the rain but race day itself was in the rain. Never say never right. There are two things that stand out the most to me about that day, well, three, the first is being really nervous the day of the race. I had no idea how I would do, it was raining, and I didn’t want to finish last. The second thing I remember is during the turn around the rain stopped, the sun came out and the way it parted the sky it seemed like it was a sign that I could finish that race. I had about a mile and a half to go and I kept telling myself if I can get to the end of this block I’ll be okay, that was my mantra for the rest of that race. The third thing I remember about the race is just as I crossed the finish line I had no idea they would call my name as I crossed, that was cool, but the moment I crossed I remember a feeling that was almost indescribable. I couldn’t stop smiling, I was also impressed with my time 48 minutes, in the rain!

I felt so high, in that moment, I knew I was going to be okay. You see I started the running program for several reasons one of which was to regain my self-confidence. I had been through a difficult experience and doing this running program was part of helping me work through it. I learned through the program it wasn’t about just the running it was more than that; it was about who I was as a person. I think that is why I miss it so much now. I get/got a lot from running. It was after that race I decided to start working on my doctorate degree, another goal 😊, Of course, a year after this 5k I thought I would see if could complete a half-marathon. Never in my life would I think I could do 13.1miles; this became a big challenge with an injury. But I did it and that milestone became one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.

On my two year running anniversary I have “a long way to go” as my physical therapist said to me before I can be back out there again (hopefully next spring) I wish you all great running, great races, and never give up on your goals. 😊

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From 60 Seconds to 60 Minutes

It’s hard to believe a year ago I started running just a little ole 60 seconds thinking that was a long time wondering when Matt was going to blow that whistle for us to start walking and today I ran 60 minutes (actually 1 hour and 5 seconds) 6.24 miles!! Whoo!! 😀  Even though I was tired I think I could have gone on just a little longer. It’s amazing how the body adapts. My heart rate is adjusting as well; it was well within range even though my pace was a little faster. This was not a good week here in WV for running because of all the storms so I did not get out much this week. And you could tell this morning; there were a lot of people out walking, running and biking, like they had cabin fever and everyone needed to get out.

As most have seen on the news we have had bad flooding here in WV, the park (Magic Island) were we start our runs is completely under water:

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The green fixtures on the left are part of a new water splash that was supposed to open this weekend but that obviously will be delayed. It will have to be cleaned. You can see the volleyball nets on the right. The running trail is completely under water.

As we went along we went passed Haddad River Front Park where concerts are held on Friday nights.

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The stage is under water. The band set up on the Boulevard last night.

There was a lot of debris in the river when we did our turn around we could tell the water was starting to recede a little. The weather is supposed to be warm and no rain so that will be good for those who are starting the process of rebuilding.

The 5k race is next week and unfortunately I will be out of town I won’t be able to be there (bummer), it’s what I call my anniversary race too. It’s the race that got me started The Firecracker 5k. So I will find a race when I get back to cap off my nine weeks of training. But Rich and I took our picture so we would have our year photo…

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What a difference a year makes! Hard work does pay off! If you keep at it, stay focused on your goal you can achieve and do what ever you want. It’s worth it if work it.

Until next time..Easy Start…Strong Finish…

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My Running Anniversary

Well today was supposed to be the first 5k of “my” season with the Susan G. Komen race but I’ve had some small medical issues and my Dr. advised me not to run a full 5k until after my follow up appointment this coming week. So I did do a small run with the Genesis group this morning, it was the first day of the new program for the Saturday group. I did a slow pace and only about 25 minutes, I think that was ok I felt pretty good.

There was a good turn out for today’s group. A lot of first time runners and a few of us graduates of the program. In fact there was one person who was in the group that I was in last year! That was cool. It has been exactly one year today since I started running; I received notification from Map My Run letting me know of my anniversary. Hard to believe I’m still running a year later. I didn’t think I would stick with it honestly but running has become a form of meditation for me. Even today when I had to keep it slow and easy, it was ok. It was a nice cool morning and I was running along side the river with the sun shining off the water. I was a little disappointed I could not do the SGK race but I was still able to do a little something on my anniversary and that’s all that really mattered…I was out there! 🏃🏾

Here’s to Genesis 2.0 and happy anniversary to me!