Earlier today I was reading my normal list of fellow blogger posts and I came across a comment that really got me thinking about my running timeline. Kristina over at Blog About Running posted how she went out for an "easy" five mile run. Well in the comments, Ali over at Hit the Ground Running mentioned how back in the day an "easy" run was laughable and 5 miles seemed impossible.
She is 100% right. I remember by first couple runs, not knowing a whole lot about distance running, where I would go out as hard as I could and gas myself out after 1 mile. The whole time thinking I use to do this back in the day for so many sports that this should be so much easier. Then slowly transitioning to 5K training and the whole point was to complete the 3 miles. There were training runs where I maxed out at 2 and 2.5 miles with nothing left in the tank and I was left wondering if I would be walking on race day.
I had to laugh because 2 weeks ago Mrs Schlub and I went out with her running group and I paced her for 6 miles. Last week before the wedding I went out on a planned 10 mile run and ended up completing 13.1 miles. Then this week, Tuesday and today I went out for a nice trail run and easily completed 8 miles. Heck I've even started to look at all the mountain ranges around Arizona and put a list together of all the summits I want to hit.
For me personally, I train hard for races and shoot for personal records but forget to celebrate the journey to this point. I have had a lot of ups and downs along my running timeline, especially a two month battle with ITB issues that pretty much eliminated all running. But at the end of the day, it has been a great adventure so far, so many great runs, some amazing scenery, and so many more adventures to come.
Thank you to my fellow bloggers that let me follow your running journeys, it is very inspiring and has helped me through a lot of challenges. Thank you for following my journey, all the comments and feedback have been hugely helpful. Running has become a passion of mine and I definitely see it being a part of our lives for as long as we can lace up our shoes.
What are some examples of running events you felt were impossible, and as you have progressed it has become easy for you now.
- Mine is easy, I use to think anything over 3 miles was impossible. These days an 8 mile trail run with 1400 feet of elevation gain feels really good and I can even make it through a full days work after. Crazy!!
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!