I have NEVER been a runner, nor would I consider myself an athlete. If you would have told me 2 years ago I would have ran 2 half marathon’s by 2013 I would have laughed at you. After moving to Memphis and realizing what a huge running community is here, I couldn’t help but get the running fever. I didn’t know that I would ever consider myself a “runner” but the race atmosphere seemed really fun and it’s something I thought I would give a try. Who knew I’d fall in love?? I became borderline obsessed with running and still am 2 years later. Starting wasn’t easy and I have had many bumps in the road that have halted my running. I’ve hit walls mentally and physically, I’ve learned so much about myself through running and I have met some of the greatest people. Running is more than just a hobby, It’s really changed my life in so many ways.
I started running in May of 2011, 5 months post baby number 2. I was still not down to my pre-pregnancy weight and like I said before, not a natural athlete. So, running was hard. There were times I thought I couldn’t make it back home, or to the finish line. But I did, and I kept at it and It got better and easier and every run was a little bit more satisfying than the one before. As you’ll see below my first 5K was horribly slow. I remember that race and I don’t think I will ever be able to forget it. It was hot and humid and I wondered the whole time why I ever signed up for it. But as you’ll see with every race came a slightly better time and a sense of gratification that is unexplainable. I would now consider myself a “runner”. Me, a runner. Never would have guessed it. I’m even counting down to my first FULL Marathon in December 2014. Wow! If anyone ever tells me they “could never run”, I always say “yes, you can…I couldn’t run either.” Push yourself. You’ll be surprised what that body of yours can do. I know mine sure has surprised me.
Enjoy my ups and downs of races: PR’s (Personal Record), Slow races, Fast races, Injuries, “Just For Fun” races…they are all in there.
Firecracker 5k – July 2011 (37:49)
Hope 5k – July 2011 (37:28)
Nightcrawler 5k – July 2011 (37:18)
Elvis Presley 5k – August 2011 (33:21)
Chick-fil-a 5K – September 2011 (29:50)
Cooper Young 4 miler – September 2011 (38:12)
Lebonheur Pumpkin Run 5k – October 2011 (28:58)
Gobble Wobble 5k – November 2011 (26:32)
couldn’t find any pics from this race
St. Jude Half Marathon – December 2011 (2:11:56)
Valentine’s Day 10K – February 2012 (55:24)
Move It Memphis 5K – February 2012 (26:39) placed 3rd in age group
St. Patrick’s Day 5k – March 2012 (28:19)
Urban Dare – April 2012
Oak Hall Run for St. Jude – May 2012 (30:16)
Gibson 5K – June 2012 (28:34)
Stars and Stripes 5K – July 2012 (28:51)
Hope 5K – July 2012 (27:48) placed 3rd in age group
Then, this happened:
A runner’s worst nightmare, the 2 forbidden words…stress fracture. 4 weeks in a boot and no running for 8 weeks. Talk about humbling. I cried like a baby in the doctor’s office when he told me I was going to be put in a boot. I didn’t understand why this happened to me? I was running better than I ever had. Why?? I was so frustrated with my body because my heart was still “in it”. But, I did it. 8 weeks, no running. It as so tough and I learned to challenge my body in different ways. I worked out 5 days a week for those 8 weeks, picking up new classes at the gym that I never would have tried before. I learned that it isn’t always about what I want or my plans that sometimes our bodies just say STOP and we have to listen.
After a 3 month “race break”:
I found out I was pregnant with number 3, 3 days after running the half marathon. Guess I can mark “run a half marathon while pregnant off my bucket list”. 🙂 So, needless to say 2013 has been filled with baking a baby and a pregnancy that halted my running around the 5 1/2 month mark. Race season is in full swing and I am looking forward to joining in on the madness again once Dixie arrives in late July.
**updated January 2014**
Cooper Young 4 miler – September 2013 (40:52)
Turkey Trot 4 miler Turkey Leg Relay – November 2013 (34:12)
New Orleans Rock n Roll Half Marathon – January 2014 (2:13:15)
What’s your running story??