Monday, September 12, 2016

Return to running

I used to be a runner. From 7th grade through Senior year I ran Cross country, Winter track, and Track. I used to love it. I was good at it, I mean I didn't hold any records and I wasn't even the best on my team, but I did well. I could run miles and miles, I helped my team win districts in XC in 2005, and we went on to get 5th place at States. Then I quit.
Senior year I just didn't have the motivation anymore, I struggled with depression, I gained some weight, and I gave up on running. I went from running 25-35 miles per week to 0.
College came and went and I didn't run.
Life happened, I got married(2 years ago), I'm working full time.No running.
Then this spring my husband and I signed up for a 5k in our small town. I did it back in high school and he's done it for years(we laugh that he is a 3.1 mile a year runner). It benefits my mother in laws historical society. We signed up and I thought I should run a few times before it to make sure I don't die on race day, and hey maybe it would help me lose some of the weight I've gained since I got married.
Well, training for the 5k was tough at first but it reminded me why I loved running in the first place. I felt strong, it cleared my mind and it just felt freeing. So, after Rube's Run 5k (I got first place for my age group, there were only 2 of us in my group HA!). I decided to keep running but I needed a new goal.
My husband told me about Mario Lemieux 6.6k in Pittsburgh in October. I signed up the first day they opened registration and I'm happy to say I have a new goal!
I think I'm going to use this blog to keep track of my training and to help keep me motivated!

Did you ever quit doing something you loved and then found your way back to it?
What made you decide to try it again?

Thank for reading and if you have any advice for getting back into running I'd love to hear it!
Sarah



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