In honor of my current Streak attempt, I’ve decided to share an entry from my first running journal. Notice that I berate myself for not finishing my journal entries as well… SIGH. One step at a time!
July 6th, 2014
Found my old journal! I’m sad to see I didn’t continue writing through Oct 27th for my first half marathon. I’m happy to report that I completed it in 2:06 and I ran the ENTIRE WAY. I remember it like it was yesterday: The race was delayed an hour and a half because of a thunderstorm and it continued to rain on us the entire time. My shoes were heavy and soaked but we all pushed through. I’ve never been more proud of an athletic accomplishment.
It’s weird, chronicling my running journey was so important to me, but after my half marathon I put my journal down and quit writing as if I didn’t need it anymore. Yet, here I am, once again, returning to the page. I never stopped running, and I’ve managed to keep my weight off plus a few extra pounds (currently 117 lbs) but I have majorly slacked off from mileage and all but halted strength training. I KNOW. Terrible. So, its been almost a year, and rather than beat myself up over not writing this journal I’d like to list a few things I’ve learned from running these past several months.
1. Running really did change my life. Because I’ve continued to run, I’ve kept my weight off and really feel much healthier and happier.
2. I’ve read Dean Karnaze’s book and I’d love to run an ultra someday. Also — it’s about consistency, good fuel, and understanding friends and family.
3. If you stop weight/strength training it’s REALLY hard to get back in it.
4. Same goes for yoga. And I should know better.
5. I run better when I’ve eaten 2.5- 3 hours before the run.
6. I don’t need half of the fuel I was originally training with. Clif bloks and water carried me through the half marathon and then some. Also, I raced on 3.5 hours of sleep after a late Friday night football game, Saturday marching band contest, and 1.5 hour bad weather race delay.
7. Imagine my next 13.1 without those conditions!!
8. I prefer to run alone, but love a good conversation about running.
9. My family and friends will never truly understand why I do this.
10. Keep information about my runs to non-runners brief: they ask because they are trying to be polite, but they really don’t care about my runs.
11. A GPS watch is a thing of beauty– and the #1 reason I stopped checking in to DailyMile for 4 months. It doesn’t sync!!
12. I can run after drinking beer, but not wine.
13. ^ HA!
14. Running after eating spring rolls does not feel good. At all.
15. Stretching after a run is getting more difficult to commit to.
16. My back does hurt a little more than before … ^ ? (I know. More yoga.)
17. I envy my dog’s bursts of speed. And I love watching him run. Oh yeah, I got a dog for Christmas. His name is Gambit and I can’t imagine life without him now.
18. I still prefer to run with my iPod, even though the zombie run app on my phone (yeah, finally took the plunge and got a smart phone) is a guilty pleasure.
19.A BUFF is the single greatest invention for athletes EVER. Seriously, no sweat in my eyes. Never. Hair is never in my face. Freakin’ brilliant piece of material.
20. I have calf muscles! My legs look awesome in heels. 🙂
21. Still need to develop some visible abs….
22. A day without a little peanut butter is unimaginable.
23. I can’t wait to run a marathon.
24. I am stronger than I ever thought possible. Can’t wait to improve!
Look at hopeful little me! Here’s to finding that girl again.