I’m in the spotlight today as part of Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner’s Grow your Blog Hop. And since many of you readers may be new to my running blog, I will tell you about myself in this post:
How it all began
I credit tennis for me becoming a runner. Because it was my tennis friends who talked me into it.
To cope with a broken marriage in my mid-forties, I took up tennis with a co-worker. Like with most things I do, I put 150% of myself into the game. I took lessons, played in contracts and joined many different teams. I played almost each and every day!!
I should admit that I am not athletic at all. In fact, I am very uncoordinated. But when I set my mind to something, there’s no turning back. Eventually, I got to be a decent enough tennis player.
The best thing about participating in a sport for the first time in my life was the friends that I have made. These ladies are still my closest friends 15 years later.
Which brings me to running.
Two of my tennis friends asked me one day if I wanted to try running. I responded that I had never run and wasn’t sure I could. So it was decided that the three of us would enroll in No Boundaries, a FleetFeet program for beginning runners and learn to run.
Once a week, we ran together with the No Boundaries runners and coaches and afterward we would go to Chili’s for quesadillas and margaritas. We had a blast but…
As with tennis, I immediately wanted to be good! And I wanted to be fast! So what if I was 55 years old!! I wanted it all!!!
So my tennis game took a backseat to running and I signed up for 5k race after 5k race. I was addicted. I became a runner!!!
I work in the IT department of a law school so technology is my thing. As soon I decided to run, I started a blog- this blog. I wrote about becoming a runner, my training and my races.
Blogging is what got me to the next step in being a runner. I read other running blogs and connected with some local bloggers. One, in particular, asked me to help her start a group for new runners (Strong Running Mamas) with the goal of having them run a 5k race.
I was honored. Me helping others run? How cool!
Not only did they run a 5k, they signed up for a 10K and then trained to run a half marathon. Some even have run a full marathon. I soon wondered whether or not I should be pushing myself more!!
Until 2010, I only ran 1-2 miles a few times a week and then ran 5k races on the weekend. And I didn’t run in the winter at all.
It was these Strong Running Mamas who motivated me to put all my energy into running and see where it took me.
I stopped playing tennis competitively and only played socially once a week. I ran 12 months a year and increased my running distances. I found that the more I ran, the more I enjoyed running.
Half Marathon Fanatic
The biggest change was that I challenged myself to run 13.1 miles. I still ran the short distance races but added this new distance and loved it. I ran 5 half marathons in 2011, my first year running that distance.
Unfortunately, things were not all wine and roses. I’ve had a few minor injuries such as a strained Achilles in 2011. But 2012 really tested me. I thought my running was over for good In fact, my ortho warned me that it probably was.
I broke my left tibia & fibula with a fall on the ice and as a result I now have 8 screws and a plate in my ankle. I was out of running for more than 5 months. However, I am very stubborn and decided to take my first run during a 5k race. It wasn’t smart but I needed to prove to myself and to my doctor that I could and would run again.
And I did run until a few months later, when I wound up with a metatarsal stress fracture in my right foot. And then in 2013, I broke my left foot. Oy Vey!
“Seize the Day” became my new running philosophy. Enjoy each day that you are able to run. Running is a gift. You don’t know when it will be taken away. Don’t take it for granted. Not every run can be a good one. Not every race can be a PR. Just enjoy.
I consider myself fortunate. I have not been injured since 2013. I have run so many races that I have lost count (38 just in 2015) including 12 half marathons after that supposed run-ending broken ankle.
Running has given me much more than I could ever give back but I do try.
JA is my special needs IRUN4 buddy. I run every mile for him. His strength inspires me.
The best vacation for me is one where I can run a race. Yes, I plan my visits to friends around races and love to see new places by running when I am vacationing.
So far I have traveled to NYC, California, Florida, New Jersey and Vermont. If only I had more time and more money…
What makes running one of the best things in my life (besides my hubby of 17 years and my 4 cats) is the people I have met through running. Runners are the BEST!!
I have made friends through reading blogs. Many are only my virtual friends but maybe we will meet someday.
I have running partners that I have connected with through Facebook.
And of course, there are all those wonderful runners that show up at each race. ❤
That is today’s Wednesday word by Deb from Deb Runs.
One definition of stability is “the quality or state of someone who is emotionally or mentally healthy.”
I definitely believe that running (and tennis) have added stability to my life or emotionally and mentally healthier. Now when things get tough or I have a bad day, I go for a run and I really do feel better. They say that running also releases a chemical called serotonin, which is a natural mood lifter. Maybe that is why or maybe it’s that I feel more relaxed, more energetic and pleased with myself.
That’s a wrap.
I hope I didn’t bore you with my story. I hope that you continue to follow my blog and read more about my running adventures (past and future.)
And if you know any older ladies who think that are too old or too clumsy to be runners, tell them to contact me.
You can “teach an old dog new tricks!!”
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