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