Today marks a year since I started my first Learn to Run clinic with the Running Room. Our instructor Rob was great and always up for some good conversation and motiviation. We started out with 2 minutes of walking and 1 minute of running. It was so hard and I was so exhausted after that 1 minute of running. The goal at the end of the clinic was to run a 5k and it seemed impossible almost. I've made a couple running friends from the clinics (I've taken the LTR, 5k and 10k)and still run with some of them regularly.
I'll be honest in that there is a lot of things I try and they don't last long. I was actually suprised at myself for never stopping at this. Just kept putting one foot in front of the other and went. I'm a perfectly average middle of the pack runner and I'm perfectly fine with that because I still get out there. New Personal Bests would be awesome but thats not why I run.
Over this past year I've run for:
among other reasons.
Today, I went out with my buddy Steve. Yes hes one of the friends from the LTR. We did 12k together and I added on 2 more since he was done and tired. So I got 14k today. We did it with doing 10 and 1s and it was a beautiful moring. The sun was out but there was a slight breeze. The route had plenty of shady spots thanks to the wonderful trees on the bike/trail path. The conversation was enough that neither of us felt like giving up and at times we didn't even notice the distance adding up. I'm 8 weeks away from my first half. I'm starting to up the distance every week with the long runs and its exciting pushing myself to go that bit more each week.
Now off to go celebrate today with some homemade lemonade and peach cobbler. Yum.