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Loved your story! What a great idea. I'm trying to figure out how I can steal it.
Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;
PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31
I may be slow but I'm persistant.
Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.
It won't be easy but it will be worth it!
Please do steal it. Let me know how your race goes.
I got the idea after my friend ran a half marathon in July. The idea for the medals and numbers came after cheering on runners at the Twin Cities Marathon and the Monster Dash. I have committed to trying to get an entry in to the Twin Cities 10K in 2012 (It's a lottery). So I have my work cut out for me in 2012.
"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch!"
"The miracle isn't that I finished, its that I had the courage to start." John "the Penguin" Bingham
"If you can't win an argument, correct their grammar instead."
I'll play! This time last year I had never run in my life. I was about 30lbs overweight and all I did was work, spend time with my kids and feel frustrated that I had no time for myself. I started running in February of 2011 because I realized I'd never have time to go to the gym and I was tired of being tired and frustrated about how I looked and felt. I signed up for a 5K in March because I knew it would give me a much needed push to keep going. I also found two people I work with who were "Real Runners" and had a local series jacket to prove it. I was intimidated by them, but they welcomed me with open arms and I started running with them after work just about every day. I finished that first 5K in March and I haven't looked back. I now sport the same series jacket as my running buddies (I completed my first 10K as part of the series and the feeling of acomplishment I felt just can't be matched). Last month I ran my first half marathon and now I feel empowered to take on the challenges that come my way, both in running and in life. My goals for 2012? I'd like to finish a 10K in under an hour, cut my 5K time down to the "28 minute zone" and finish a half marathon in under 2h30m. But, mostly I want to stick with it, keep enjoying what I'm doing, stay injury free and maybe even inspire others to join the club. I love reading everyone's inspirational stories. It's such a powerful, exciting sport. There's just nothing like it!
3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)
4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48
4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28
5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39
5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44
5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)
6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)
8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49
9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54
9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03
9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)
10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)
11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)
1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)
2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR
3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR
4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24
3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)
6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR
I returned to running two years ago (Fall 2009) after 10+ years off. I used to run just as cross training for cycling, but gave it up when I started getting lower back pain that I attributed to running. I didn't follow a plan like C25K, but did start very easy, just 600m at first. My goal was a marathon in 2010, but knee trouble made me put that off. I finally ran my marathon in Dec finished in 3:27:19. A BQ by the old standard, and 2:19 short by the new standard.
And although I'm very proud of that time, I've remained fit all my life. What truly humbles me are people for whom becoming runners has been part of a major life change. I hear from people who have lost lots of weight, stopped smoking, had heart surgery, etc and I'm amazed. Everyone who makes that move to get off the couch, and stay off, has my utmost respect.
I was over 85 pounds overweight when I started this journey in 2007. I did Weight Watchers and started running with c25k. I lost 75 pounds before getting pregnant. Two kids and several years later I started my comeback this past June. I used c25k yet again and now I'm in the midst of training for my first half-marathon on 2/5/12. Pics and more in my blog!
My weight loss blog, pictures, etc (started in 2007):