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A Four Year Running Adventure

Friday, March 09, 2012

I am a bit amazed to realize that I am celebrating four years of running this week.


In that time, I’ve logged more than 3000 miles. I haven’t taken a break longer than a few days except last summer when I injured my back.

I’ve run in at least 12 states from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and Costa Rica.

This spring I’ll add Missouri and Vermont to the list.

I’ve run in at least 30 of the 351 towns in Massachusetts (yes, I keep lists)

I’ve run morning, noon and night. Through snow and heat. On vacation and during my hardest periods at work. I've run 6 miles down a mountain in a raging thunderstorm at 4:30 am and I’ve run on a deserted beach at dawn. I’ve had fabulous runs, crappy runs, and lots of just average runs. I’ve had to struggle to get out some days, but have never regretted doing so.

Though it all I’ve met friends from all across the country who I’ve laughed with and cried with through our adventures. Most of them also discovered running late in life and we are all having so much fun. I've run dozens of 5ks and 10ks, 8 half marathons, one marathon and the Hood to Coast Relay. And I found a new best friend who is also my running partner.

It’s been a grand adventure. As Bart Yasso says “never limit where running can take you” – and that’s both a physical and a mental thing. Running has taken me to new destinations, but also to a new place mentally.

I’ve gained confidence that I can do anything that I put my mind to doing. I’ve learned that even after a lifetime of couchdom, I can get fit, and stay fit for the long haul. I've struggled to get faster and also learned to be satisfied with what I can do. I’ve introduced friends to running and celebrated their accomplishments and become a certified running coach.

Four years ago I sweated and struggled through my first minutes of the Couch to 5K program. I was miserable and it was hard, but I had decided that I needed to start to exercise if I was going to get the weight off and keep it off. That was – without a doubt – the hardest mile I’ve ever done.

I only wish I had started sooner.

Happy running, friends and here's to many more adventures together!
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    Great blog.... I should keep a list of cities I've run in. I like that idea.
    Keep up the great running adventure!
    1823 days ago
    Awesome blog and recap of 4 exciting years! I'm happy I've been here to watch you blossom!
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    2050 days ago
    Happy Runiversary! Thanks as always for sharing your adventures. I'm coming off a long lay-off from running due to knee and foot problems. I am hoping to start running again soon. I know it will be hard, but with friends like you for inspiration, I know I can do it.
    2051 days ago
    I am so glad I got to meet you and shared some of those adventures with you, and I hope there will be more in the future!!
    2053 days ago
    How wonderful you are. I'm so glad I'm one of those people you've run with. :)
    2053 days ago
    Wow, that's so awesome! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you and keep on keeping on!
    2053 days ago
    Couldn't have said it better myself. I think I started right about the same time that you did and remember never believing that C25K would work for me and looking at that 20 minute run in week 5 in disbelief. It's amazing what we can do when we turn off those negative thoughts and just do it.

    Here's to the next 4 years!!
    2054 days ago
    Great job on your running. We'll have to try to get together when you are in St. Louis. Before the St. Louis RnR race we met at the expo and then went to lunch. It was fun. Of course the RnR title meant that there were a lot of people coming for the race. I doubt the Go will have similar attraction

    2054 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/9/2012 8:07:34 AM
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