Today I wanted to share my running story with you all. I have been asked a few times how I got into running and how I got to the point where I can run multiple miles daily. I thought I would share a post with how I got to the point I am today and throw in some throwback pictures because, well, why not?
In 10th grade, I finally decided I would no longer participate on the team. I didn't like the competitiveness (I am one of the most uncompetitive people you will ever meet) and I felt ignored by the coaches. My friends that had been on the team with me were feeling the same way so most of us decided not to go back again. Throughout 10th and 11th grade I didn't really participate in any sports, but I did keep up with Greek dancing. In 10th grade, though, one of my gym electives- "stress management" was a class in which we did various workouts including abs and yoga. Being in the class introduced me to yoga and I really started to get into it. We also did those 8 minute abs workouts too and made smoothies... what a class!
In 12th grade, my parents wanted to purchase a treadmill so they could have something in the house to use to workout. We found a treadmill online from Costco and my parents ordered it and I could not wait for my dad to set it up for us to use. After weeks and weeks of begging, he finally set it up and I jumped right on! I began working out on the treadmill almost daily doing mostly sprint workouts or just walking while watching the TV. I started to feel that passion for running again and realized how much I had missed it.
Fast forward to my freshman year of college and I fell off that running high. I was walking so much to class every day that I never felt the need to workout, especially since I would have to run outdoors because I didn't have access to a treadmill indoors. During winter break, I decided to make some changes to my lifestyle- diet and fitness wise- and began participating in the 100 miles by Valentine's Day Challenge by Tone It Up. It was the perfect way to get myself back into running. The dorms across the street from me opened up a fitness room with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and rowing machines, so I knew I always had a way to workout. I wanted to get back into running outdoors, though, so I focused on running outside and only used the fitness room when the weather was bad enough. By the time it was Valentine's Day I had completed the challenge and was so proud of myself. I realized that if I worked hard enough I could run and I would love it. At the beginning, it was a struggle to get out and run 1 mile, but consistently running I had gotten up to about 2.5 miles, but I would walk for about .5 in the middle.
Color Run) with my friend, Renee, and we had a blast! We may not have actually run the whole thing, but it was so much fun and I loved seeing so many people passionate about running.
runner's high that day.
Right now I am focusing on getting back into running daily. Now that the weather is (hopefully) getting better, I am able to make it outside for more running and I definitely need to give my legs time to adjust. I have yet to have a 100 mile month, so I really hope to have one of those months soon-- I came so close in January! I definitely want to get into running more 5Ks and hopefully get into running 10Ks. My ultimate goal is to one day run a half marathon, but I know that may be a while and I will be patient with my body.
Looking back at my story, it amazes me to see how far I have come in running and how much I have learned to love it. Running has become an important part of my life and I hope it stays that way for years to come.