The running bug bit me. Hard.
Ironically enough, my
new old love for running came about with a comment from one of my blog friends Kris from Kris On Fitness. She mentioned to me in a comment on my last race post that I should admit that I love running. That comment stuck with me and somehow kept repeating itself in my head.
Honestly I was afraid (still am a bit) to admit that I love running. I don’t love it when I am in the middle of it but I love the intoxicating feeling if accomplishment afterwards. I love pushing to new distances and running in different places (which explains why I refuse to repeat 5k races, it’s like my fashion, it simply can’t be repeated).
I started running right before I got married. I ran to lose weight and I did…the pounds fell off during my couch to 5k, and after I ran my first 5k I was hooked! I ran 15 5ks that year. (I had a lot of t-shirts 🙂 ) I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. I am not a “fast” runner by any stretch but I love the concept of putting one foot in front of the other until you reach your goal. Simple, yet powerful.
I stopped running after I got married, gained 20 pounds and never really got serious about it again until now. My knee has been a problem in the past so I need to be extra careful about it and if it starts acting crazy I will see a doc for the first time. I also did a ton of cross training (hence 5 day a week workouts) so that probably didn’t help much.
A few weeks ago, before I met Run Disney at Fitbloggin, I decided I was going to run the Enchanted 10k in Disneyworld next February as a birthday gift to myself. I am excited. I have scoured etsy for my perfect costume and have cleared my calendar for registration on July 15. (These races sell out quick!!) I am crazy excited and mentally ready.
I have informally started 10k training by running consistently 3 times a week. I even ran in my neighborhood for the first time ever! It was nice, freeing and the fastest I’ve ever run 2 miles in my life. I plan on slowly increasing my mileage as the weeks go on, but nothing too crazy as I want to stay on the good side of my knee.
To warm up for my race in Orlando I have committed to a 10k in September called Run 10 Feed 10 that I will be running with the folks from Women’s Health Magazine for an amazing cause.
So all of a sudden, it’s so real! I’m ready. This feels so natural, tough, and a little bit crazy but I’m excited to tackle this new journey. Plus it will knock one more thing off #fitlist14!