Look! I do not look really miserable after my 7 miles!
After my run I got to thinking how far I have come with running...lets take a little walk down memory lane...
last week at the beginning of my running journey hating to run 3 miles. How was I going to run longer distances? Ok I am sure I didn't really think of running longer distances, just not really enjoying running on my own. I have always loved running on race day though.
Then I was talked into running my first Cherry Blossom 10 miler! The first time I ran the Cherry Blossom I didn't train properly. I had ran 4 miles before running 10 (smart I know!) Ugh! After the race I didn't know if I wanted a banana..to throw up to sit down or needed to walk..I was so disoriented!
The back of this shirt says it all.. I'm only doing this to post the pictures on Facebook!
I remember feeling horrible after this race. Running 10 miles after running your longest of 4 miles is not the smartest thing to do. I wasn't sure what my knee would be able to do..but I hope it would allow me to run 10 miles. I didn't know about gu chomps yet..or wicking fabric. That lovely cotton shirt that we made weighed a ton after soaking up all of my sweat. Ugh..never again!
After that first 10 miler I started running more races. I loved race day! I still love race day. Most of my races were 5k with a few 10K's thrown in. Since then I learned that you do have to run longer than 4 miles..it does make a difference which shoe you run in. Wicking fabrics are my friend! I also slowly started to read more about running and runner's blogs. Somewhere along the way I purchased my first subscription to Runner's World. I love when that magazine shows up at my door!
|don't I look happy in this Cherry Blossom picture? Much better the second year!|
My second Cherry Blossom was not nearly as bad as the first. I actually ran more than 4 miles and discovered that gu chomps work for me. ( I still have issues with staying with my training calendar) I found out that the gu chomps help to make sure that I am not dizzy after the race and I don't feel nearly as bad as I did after that first 10 mile race. I felt so much better that second year that my friend Kristen and I decided to sign up for our first half marathon! Yeah we were a bit crazy.
My first RnR Philly race was a disaster! We both must have picked up something from the hotel because we were both sick as a dog after the race. Ugh...so disappointing because I actually had my best training runs prior to that race! Now I don't know if I could ever run Philly again because of that one experience. I think it took me a month to realize that I wanted to attempt another half. Philly left an awful taste in my mouth and I needed another race to get rid of the bad after taste. The Flying Pirate turned out to be the perfect follow up!
Why was I taking a walk down memory lane today? Well I had a pretty good run. 3 years ago I don't know if I would go out to run a 7 mile run and come back home and still be able to function. My feet are a bit tired, but other than that I am feeling pretty good. Amazing how far I have come since those first few races...and I still have lots more to learn. Bring it!