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Christmas for Runners

December 27, 2011 2 comments

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I am very excited about all the fun (and some necessary) items I got this year for Christmas.  It’s almost been exactly 1 year since I decided I was going to start running. (Jan 5th is my Runniversary)!!!  I had run before, but not like I do now.  I didn’t run with purpose.  I had shoes that weren’t right for my feet (which led to a battle with shin splints), and clothes that weren’t for sweating in. (ew).

Thanks to my running coach, I found shoes that provided support for my arch that I need SO badly, and corrected my form.  (I had no idea that I had no idea how to run)!  I can say that correcting my form, and running in the right shoes has made a WORLD of difference.  My shin splints went away, and I no longer have to stop running because I can’t catch my breath.

It’s becoming a whole different ball game now.  I can tell you I am very motivated and am willing to be dedicated to running.  But heading out the door knowing I have 7+ miles ahead of me has forced me to change the way I think about running.  I am not running “just because.”  If I were running 7 miles “just because” I would quit pretty fast.  I am running 7 miles so I can run 8, so I can run 10 and pretty soon 13.1.  There is a purpose to all this hard work.  That being the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 29, 2012.  I have chosen the first half, which requires a faster pace than the second, because I want to run over the Golden Gate Bridge.  I know pushing myself that much more will be worth the experience.

On March 18, 2011 I ran my first 5k event.  The fellowship felt amazing and it’s sparked a fire in me.  I wanted to do it again! and again and again.  I had so much fun participating in 5ks around the Bay area in 2011!  I have really consistently enjoyed being a part of something.  And have dedicated hours and miles to getting better and stronger.  I have signed up for my very first 10k event for January 28 2012.  A year ago I had no idea I’d ever participate in a 5k, and today I KNOW I can complete a 10k and more.  What a great feeling!

Like I said, I am so grateful for my family for the gifts.  And the foam roller from my brother in law.  I knew this was something I needed, and am so happy to have it….and thankful for the multitude of running books from my husband for that extra motivation and my running journal which I am already loving!  Makes me even more excited to get out the door!

I am feeling confident that 2012 is going to be amazing.  I am ready!

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New Gear!

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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Treated myself to new workout gear today! Thanks to my in-laws. I used a gift card they gave me for my birthday. Makes me want to get to the gym!

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