A Defining Moment


As I train for my TENTH half marathon, I started to think about how my running has changed and when?

For several years, I ran 1-1 1/2 miles several times a week and then ran a 5K on the weekend.  I didn’t own a Garmin but instead used a chip attached to my shoe that tracked my mileage to a Nike+ app on my iPod.  It wasn’t accurate but I didn’t know it at  the time and it didn’t matter.  My goal in running was to break 30 minutes in a 5K and I was happy when I did.  Being in my late 50s, I was faster than most in my age group so I was content.  I didn’t like the cold weather so I didn’t run during the winter months and started back up in the spring each year. I wore shorts, cotton tops and never heard of compression socks.

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Then came my Defining Moment on October 24, 2010. I was scheduled to run my FIRST 10K.  I was nervous and almost changed my mind to run the 5K.

But I got a migraine and couldn’t run it. In fact, I wound up in the ER with blood pressure of  197/109. They & I feared that it would lead to a stroke.  They did all kinds of tests and all were negative but it was very scary.  At the time, I still played tennis a lot but  as I lay in the hospital, I worried that I would be an invalid and that I could no longer run.

The next day, I signed up for my FIRST HALF MARATHON!  I decided to stop being a wimp and go for it.  Life is short  and no one knows what the future will bring. So I decided to go from running 3.1 miles to 13.1 miles. Just like that.

I didn’t tell anyone.  My friends would have thought I was nuts and I also thought that I may not be successful.

So I bought compression socks, a running skirt and a Garmin watch. And I did long runs on the weekends to train.

Half in Naples, Florida

my first Half in Naples, Florida (1/16/11 – my wedding anniversary)

My First Half Marathon was great — the best day ever. And I haven’t looked back since.

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15K

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10 miles

I have run 4 milers, 5 milers, 10 milers, 10Ks, 15Ks and 8 more half marathons.

I’m not sure if October 24, 2010 didn’t happen, I would have signed up for that first Half marathon????

I continue to run 5Ks and I love them but because of adding longer runs, I think my 5K times are faster. (I recently had a PR.)

Happy Running! Has your running changed?  Have you had a “defining moment”?

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4 thoughts on “A Defining Moment

  1. It is amazing what circumstances take us down different paths. I’m glad you did not have a serious problem. The first race I ever signed up for was a half, after feeling I just needed something to strive for. The 5ks came later. But, my defining moment was at my 5th half. I came across the finish line (crying like a baby) with a 9 minute PR from a half just 7 weeks prior. Holy Moly. I CAN do this! It felt like such an accomplishment.

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  2. this def resonates with me, and my defining moment was running my first half marathon in October 2011 for sure. it gave me the confidence boost and “runner’s high” that i really needed to believe in my ability to run long distances, and totally instilled the love of long races in me as well.

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  3. When I first started running I didn’t know what compression was either. And I was running in cotton shirts and socks. I mean c’mon really? Boy have things changed. Glad to have gotten a Garmin as well since I also had that Nike plus too and it was always off.

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