Wednesday, December 19, 2012


So, if you're new around here, here's a little history run down of my relationship with running.

I have never been a runner.

I repeat: never.

This past year, I started getting really into going to the gym. I had weekly classes I would take, my favorite being Lower Body Blast.

But when I went home to visit the fam, I didn't have a gym to go to. So when facing the issue of how to get a workout in without the gym, I resorted to running.

I vividly remember gearing up for that first run. It had been a while since I ran, so I was fully prepared to struggle.

I'll walk when I get to that stop sign, I'd think to myself.

And then I'd get to the stop sign, and lo and behold, I could keep going.

I didn't realize it, but all of those gym classes were building up my endurance. So suddenly I could run much farther and for much longer than I ever had been able to before. That first day I think I ran about the distance of a 5K without stopping.

Something I had certainly never done before. 

So I decided to sign up for a few races. A 5K mud run, and a half marathon.

I was so excited to start training for something. It felt amazing.

Until it started to feel not so amazing, and I noticed pain in my foot. I kept running on it, thinking it was probably nothing.

Insert lesson learned here: Do not run on pain. Get it checked out, especially if it persists/gets worse!

Cue stress fracture. (Fun times)

But now everything's all healed, so it's time to get back on the training horse.

I've officially signed up for a 10K!

This one, to be exact:

And in case you haven't noticed from the pics, I've got me some new running shoes:

I'm gonna be real though, if I can do this, anyone can.

I went for 2 runs this past weekend, and I am literally in horrible shape.

I'm talking can't even run a mile straight without stopping to walk.

Total speed with all of the walking is about an 11 minute mile.

Looks like the break from the stress fracture took a toll, huh?

So here goes nothing! Back in training mode, hoping these apps will help kick me back into shape:

Ignore the Turtles, Huh? game on my phone. I'd like to say I downloaded it for my sister to play with.

I didn't.

So anywho, there you have it folks. Got 2 months to get myself back into running shape.

Ready, set, run!


Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

You go girl! I'm not a runner either, but I'm trying! It definitely isn't easy!

Amy said...

Get it Get it!
I need to get back into running. I HAD been training for a half-marathon in November, and then i had the SAME issue you did and was actually unable to compete :(

Jordan said...

I am also not and have never been a runner so hearing your story is always an inspiration! I was supposed to do a 5k mud run in October but, like you, I ignored a pain that ended up being worse than I thought and couldn't participate! I definitely learned that lesson the hard way. I've said it once and I'll say it again - you got this!

Linnea said...

You can do it! I'm trying to get back into shape too. It's tough work, but will be worth it. :)

Erin said...

You go girl!! You CAN do this! You can whip that booty into shape and be a runner!! Let's keep at each other to stick with our workouts in 2013 :)

Melissa Jo said...

Run Keeper is definitely one of my favorite apps especially when it comes to running. I was going a few times a week until I got my pups and then I just quit all together for puppy snuggles every night. I need to get back up and going even though I know it will be painful as can be.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh fun! Enjoy training, friend! :)

Jessah said...

Congrats! Love your kicks. You can do it...

Julie said...

Woo! Good for you! Enjoy your training :) I love the way running makes me feel, but sometimes its hard for me to just convince myself to get on the treadmill. Usually I do it anyways out of guilt, and I never regret it!

Anonymous said...

Where is your Mud Eun and are u doing it by yourself or with friends? We just decided that we'd like to do one. Let me know.
Your friend,

Victoria said...

how awesome!! good luck!

i have never been a runner either but this year I started running more and more and even participated in not one but TWO 5ks :) something i NEVER thought i would do lol. i still don't consider myself a runner but i love pushing myself.

great blog you have!

happy holidays!