Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I decided to write this post so it would be archived. I can't run now because I am pregnant. But I can't wait to get back to running and will do another 1/2 marathon at some point.
I have always had an itch to be a runner. I do much better running than walking. But I have always been a heavy person and didn't have the courage to run before. My husband is a bit of a runner. But he doesn't like mileage above 5Ks. He just does it for exercise and really doesn't enjoy it much. But since he participated in a 5K yearly I decided I would do it too.
So I ran my first 5K race in June 2005, Race for the Cure, Downtown Detroit
It was a great experience. I am a slow runner and will probably always be. But I finished and ran the whole time. So it was quite a milestone for me. I kept the running up but felt I needed some other motivation, like a race, to keep me going. We got married in August 2005. A few months after the wedding I was looking for something to occupy my time like the wedding planning did. I found a flyer for Team in Training at a coffee shop. And I sat and read it and realized I wanted to do a 1/2 marathon. A 1/2 marathon is quite a jump from a 5K. But I had plenty of time to get ready for it. So I took the plunge and went to the information session and signed up. So starting in November 2005 I was training for a 1/2 marathon. WOW. In December 2005 I signed up for my first 10K race, Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis, Birmingham, MI. This was quite the experience. This was a 5K and a 10K. Since it was quite chilly in December most of the runners opted for the 5K distance. I was the last finisher of the 10K. I ran the entire time and was followed by the ambulance back to the finish. It was a humbling experience. But I finished I ran 6.2 miles. Wow.
So the next few months were full of lots of running and preparing physically and mentally for the 1/2 marathon.
My husband and I planned a trip to Texas to visit my Brother and Sister In-Law. Since my Sister In-Law used to be a runner she decided to get into shape and do a 10K with us when we visited. So we all signed up for the Fiesta 10K in San Antonio Texas, April 2006. This was a huge test for me. I was not in shape for the previous 10K, but this one I was very prepared for. My time was good, in my eyes, and I felt so prepared for the race.
On May 7th 2006 I ran the Vancouver 1/2 Marathon with Team In Training. It was an amazing experience. I was slow, but I finished and I didn't finish last. I had met a goal. What a great thing! I also raised a ton of money for Team in Training in the process.
I slacked after this race, which I wish I hadn't done. I wish I would have signed up for another 1/2 marathon right away. I tried to get back into running officially in the spring of 2007. I was training for another 10K. Unfortunately I sustained an injury to my hip that got worse and worse as I trained more and more. I did the race Fireman's 5K/10K in Farmington Hills, MI in June 2007. But I could only run a little over 4 1/2 miles before realizing I was really hurt. So that led to a doctor's appointment and to months of phyical therapy. So this ended my running for the time. The process of getting pregnant was difficult for us, so running wasn't a priority in the Fall/Winter of 2007. But it will be again. I believe I have the running mentality and will get back there again. I just hope my injured hip doesn't stop me.

1 comment:

andrea said...

We have so much in common here! I cannot wait to get back to running. We had a running club at Shrine (big church in Royal Oak) and we went all over to do races. It was so much fun!

My only half marathon has been down here in Indy, a few years before I moved here. It's a great race and sells out in December (it's held first weekend in May). If you ever come down,you have a place to stay!