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Eager Beaver 5K: My One Year Running Anniversary

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I still find it hard to believe that I have only been running for a year! In that year I have completed 13 races: 10 5Ks and 3 Half Marathons. I have 3 more HMs scheduled for this year. I am slated to earn my Half Fanatic Status this month. Running has brought me places that I NEVER thought were open to me, but now I realize that ANYTHING is open to you if you are willing to put in the work, the time and the dedication. I know that I am VERY lucky for finding something I love so much.

I am so proud of where I have been this year, and I am so excited of where I am going. Last year, when I ran this 5K, it was my very first 5K. I didn't really PLAN on running it, and I did walk most of it, but I also ran part of it, and that makes me proud. Courage to Start, Strength to Finish! I did it in 44:17:05. In a year's time, I finished it 30:58. More than the finish time, which I am VERY proud of, but this year I ran this race, but my husband ran it too. This is a man who always said he HATED running. He would never run (LOL, that is something I have heard come out of my own mouth). He has been running races with me all this year. He has been a great supporter for me. He makes sure that I am able to have to time to do what I need to do to train for my races. To add even more to this special day, My entire Running Family was there: Laurie, Jim, Matthew, and even Hayden. He ran his very first Kids' race. He ran the whole mile! He wouldn't even let me slow down to walk beside him! My Mom and Dad were there to cheer us on, and my sister and her fiancé were there to watch Hayden finish his race. A strong support system is so very important and I know that I have an awesome one! I felt REALLY good during this race. This route is part of my HM training loop so I am very familiar with it. I felt comfortable and at ease. We had such a perfect day for running. It was when I caught up with Laurie, and she waved me to pass her that I knew this was going to be a good race: a PR Race. And it was. I finished strong. Could I have done more? Yeah, probably, but that is what keeps us going. It what keeps us moving forward. That desire to do more, push harder and run faster.

Running. It is mine. It is all about me. I live my life for my family, my husband and my son, but when I am running, its about me. Its about what I know I can do, what I want to achieve and what I have done for myself. It is my time to be selfish. It is my time to be in my head and sort things out. Its me and the road. Its about what I want. What I want for myself, for my Baby Boy who sees me running and wants to as well. I want to give him this. Its the best gift I know to give him. A healthy idea of himself. A love of being active, whether that is running, or hockey, or whatever. I want him to see that being active makes life, food doesn't make life. I want him to know that it is ok to feel your feelings, instead of hiding from them underneath a mountain of food. A year ago, I was struggling with myself. My image of myself. Today, I am an athlete. I know I am an athlete. A year ago, I wouldn't call myself a runner. Today, I run races with the Elite Runners of the World. How awesome is that? Today, I eat, sleep and breathe running. The SECOND my race is over, I am counting down to the next. I NEED it. I WANT it. Where I used to feel that way about food, I feel it for running. I eat to to run, I don't run to eat. I reward myself with Bling after my races instead of food. I love the strength I have. I know where I am going. I know where my path is leading, and I have a new goal in my head. I have a lot of work to get there, but I know I can do it. I know I WILL do it. There is no stopping me now.

Now, it wouldn't be an Emily blog if I don't swamp you with pictures!!

This was me before my very first 5K last year

Now on to this year

And since the Eager Beaver is our annual 5K during Founder's Day, I am including a couple just for fun pictures!

I am the blond in the Water Tank and Hayden is Arnold the Pig

So I will ask you this question: What will YOU do with a Year? How will you change your life?
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    My favorite part is the image you have of yourself!!!!! emoticon You are and athlete and an emoticon one!!! Be proud and own it girl!!!! You are amazing and such an inspiration!!!! emoticon
    2181 days ago
    I love your blogs. You tell your story so perfectly. Congrats to the entire running family.
    2183 days ago
    I lvoe your blogs! You are such an inspiration!
    2183 days ago
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    emoticon for including all the great pix !
    2185 days ago
    You run...for fun??? I totally said that, and yet now I am doing it. I so related to this blog, though I have not entered any races (just not brave enough) yet, but I suspect I will. Congrats on a one year anniversary!
    Thanks for sharing the pics too. Your lil' runner is a cutie. It's so awesome that you are role modeling good health and fitness to him. And I'm amazed at how much green you still have there; it's definitely autumn here.
    Run on sista!
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    2185 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    In the words of Dr. Suess...Oh the Places You Will Go!! You have just started and have MANY MANY MANY more places to go!!
    2185 days ago
    WOW! Thanks for sharing-you have done amazing things with your life!
    2185 days ago
    What a great blog! Amazing the difference a year can make! You are amazing, and I'm so glad you have such a great support network. :)
    2185 days ago
    Great blog, yes running is for you and that makes it the most important thing you can do to stay healthy, fit and happy.
    2185 days ago
  • MANDYH0506
    Awesome blog! I particularly liked the part about how you live your life for your family, except for when you are running - that's when it's all about you. I totally agree! I see running as the same thing for me. All week, every day, all year, I do for my family and my job... but when I run, that's "me" time. And my family sees a healthier, happier mommy/wife/sister/daughter, they support me, and some want to join in the fun too - my husband ran another 5K with me just this morning!! Thanks again for your inspiring blog, I love reading it!
    2185 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    What a wonderful tribute to running. I am so glad you have embraced it and that you are reaping the rewards of the committment and dedication. Yes, you are giving your darling boy a great gift - it will shape his life in many ways.
    2185 days ago
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