Last year on almost the same exact day Mrs. Schlub and I were running in our very first official race. The race was called The Hot Chocolate 15/5K and we were participating in the 5K distance. As we are coming into this weekend and we are preparing to run the 15K distance this year (9.32 miles), I have to take time to think back over this year and reflect on how much has changed since last December.
Of course both Mrs. Schlub and I started running prior to this event but this is what I consider the beginning of our running life as it was our first official running event. This would lead to a full year of milestones, life accomplishments, and a ton of fantastic memories. Mrs. Schlub dragged me into this new running life kicking and screaming and these days I can’t imagine life without having a plan for my next run. So here are a few of our big accomplishments with 1 year of our running life under our belt.
1) Lost 100 pounds – Yup that’s right! Running in addition to Weight Watchers and a healthier diet, Mrs. Schlub lost over 100 pounds. Now you can see why she is my motivation, she has done things that I couldn’t even imagine doing.
2) 2 Half Marathons – Mrs. Schlub has officially completed two half marathons compared to my ONE. Although I have plenty of training runs over 13 miles under my belt lol.
3) 14 min to 10 min – Looking back over her stats, she started out running at a 14 min/mile pace and now days she is clicking off miles in the 10 min/mile pace, huge progress in just one year.
1) Half Marathon Trail Run – This has to be the highlight of my running career so far. Definitely the hardest run I’ve completed and at the same time confirmed my love of trail running.
2) Mrs. Schlub PR – Mrs. Schlub recently destroyed her Half Marathon PR, and my job was to bike around the course and make sure she had everything she needed. Helping her to nail her runs is a huge boost for me and actually means more than my own PR’s.
3) Still Going – Prior to December 2013, if someone had told me that I would run over 1,000 miles in 2014 I probably would have laughed. This running this has kind of stuck in our home and I don’t see it going away any time soon.
When I sit down and think about all the things we accomplished over our first year of running, it’s pretty incredible. Of course it’s a matter of perspective because there are always faster runners out there winning more races, but you have to stop and celebrate the milestones and accomplishments because it helps to drive you and keeps you striving for even more accomplishments.
How many years have you been running? What are some of your big running accomplishments that remind you why you participate in this crazy sport?