I can’t believe that I have had this blog for over a year and still have not shared my full story on why I started my running journey. I wanted to tell the story before I started my “Running 101” series.
Everyone will have a different running journey.
Different reasons as to why they started.
The one common denominator for why we continue running, are all for very similar reasons. Those reasons are what unites us as runners.
Here is my story.
If memory serves me right, I began running in 2005 (roughly) but, didn’t run my first race until 2008.
I started running because I wanted to lose weight. I gained the infamous “Freshman 25”. Yes, that is right, that is not a typo. I had gained 25 pounds in college and that was only in the first four years. It took me 5½ years to complete school. Again, that isn’t a typo. It took me 5 ½ years and over $15k in student loans later I was a college graduate. Woo hoo!
2005. I joined a gym down the street from my parents house (where I was living). The gym had a 1 mile track on the second floor and of course severally treadmills. I don’t even know if that was the intent of joining the gym (to start running) but, that was what happened. I started getting on the treadmill and running or if the treadmills were all taken then I would use the indoor track and ran until I was too tired. I would just use the clock that was in the gym to get an estimate on how long I had ran for. I wish I had done some research on how to properly start running. I wasn’t following any training plans or any types of running methods. I would just run. I didn’t even have my Garmin yet. Honestly, unless I was using the treadmill I had no idea how fast I was going or how far I was running. I did the whole gym thing for a couple of years until I stopped going and finally had the courage to cancel my gym membership. I definitely felt like Chandler Bing and Ross Geller at the time. Don’t worry I hadn’t stopped running. I moved closer to the local university that had an actually outside track that I was able to run on. I continued using the outside track to work on my short sprints and ran the hood for my longer runs.
Fast forward to 2008. I registered my hubby and I up for our very first race, a local 10k.
Six months after that we ran another local 10k together.
September 2009. My hubby and I both ran our first half marathon. It was pretty miserable but, by the next day I was already looking online for our next race. I was hooked!
December 2009. I bought my very first Garmin 405cx watch which I still use to this day.
“College 25” = No more!
I did eventually lose all the extra college weight, about a year after I started running. It felt like it took me forever to lose the weight but, looking back in about a year span I lost over 30 pounds. Even though it took longer then some I did it the right way. I started to watch what I ate and started exercising. I know. Crazy, right?!? I truly believe the reason why I have been able to keep the extra weight off, for the last 9 years, is because I made my new habits into a complete lifestyle change, not just a quick fix. Of course, when I became pregnant I gained weight, obviously that is to be expected. After the first year of running when I had lost all my college weight, I was at my lowest weight that I had ever been EVER in my life, even to this day. Truthfully, I was too skinny and wasn’t happy with the number on the scale. Today as I write this I am 20 pounds heavier than I was at my lightest and feel that I am in almost the best shape that I have ever been in. That number on the scale is just that, a number. It means nothing if you aren’t happy with how you feel.
Nine years later, thousands of miles later, couple dozen shoes later and countless races later here I am. Stronger than ever!
What started as a weight loss journey turned into something I never thought it would.
A life long passion.
What is your running story?
Bloggers: If you have a past post on your running story, please leave the link to that post in the comments below! I love hearing how others started running!
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