Wednesday, June 5, 2013

National Running Day

Happy National Running Day!

Just some of my favorite running moments

A little over two years ago, Mike and I started our journey toward becoming Ironmen.  Even before we had finished the Couch-to-5K program, which meant we hadn't even run our first 5K (as adults) yet, I knew I wanted to do an Ironman. I'm a "go big or go home" kind of person.

What has running brought to my life?  Too much to tell, but I'll try. 

Races

For a brief moment when we started the Couch-to-5K program, I thought we might not even race and just use it to get in shape.  Then we registered for our first 5K, the RSD (Rochester School for the Deaf) River Ramble 5K, which actually our two year racing anniversary just happened.  We were hooked and registered for our second 5K that same day.

  A few of our races

We have both done 45 races (with one DNF each) in two short years, which is pretty amazing if you ask me!

Friends

What can I say about the friends I have gained from becoming a runner/triathlete? They are amazing, all over the country (and in Canada) and I know I can count on them for anything.  I have had the honor of having two people run with me to try to get me my sub-2 half marathon, and while it didn't happen either time (but I am SO close) I don't think I could ever repay them.  We have had friends join us during our long runs to provide entertainment and break up the run, and we have had friends come and cheer for us at our races.

Not even all of the friends we have gained

All of these people probably do not even know how much they mean to me, and I am so thankful for them every day. 

Mike

While running didn't bring me Mike, it has brought us closer together.  In the almost nine years we have been together our bond has always been strong, but now it is stronger. 

Love him!

He is my number one supporter, and I am his.  While there are times, I am sure, that he gets annoyed with me when I give up on myself, he never gives up on me.  He always pushes me to run faster and farther than I ever thought possible. 

So thank you Mike, for indulging me when I wanted to do the Couch-to-5K program.  If you hadn't none of this would have been possible! 

What joys has running brought to your life?

18 comments:

  1. What a great story! In a way, running (for fun!) was always a part of me, but racing over the past few years has opened up all kinds of new doors in terms of friends, confidence, and activities. So much more, too, I just can't think right now :)

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  2. Love this. Running is such an awesome thing isn't it? I've found a dear friend through running, I always love running with my hubby too and it's made me more secure, self-assured.

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  3. Very sweet! I love that you both share a love for running and each other of course! Totally agree: running is life changing.

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  4. Love this post - mine's coming later! But it's amazing, when you look back especially, on how much running can bring you that you don't realize. Sigh. It's love. <3 Running!

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  5. Flower City was an amazing day!!! I'm so proud of you and all that you both are accomplishing. I truly can not wait to see you continue to grow and love your sport!

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  6. I can't believe how far you two have come in two short years... so inspiring!

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  7. Love this! I remember thinking I'd never finish my first 5k, and just a few years later I was running my second marathon. I've gained so much from running - the friendships, the opportunities to see different parts of the country (and my own neighborhood), self-confidence, quiet time... I could go on and on! ;-)

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  8. It is so nice to see you and Mike doing something you both love together! I belive that a lot of coubles can learn from you two.
    I am glad that I found all the great running blogs. I only found them because I wanted to run, and it's great to connect with other likeminded people. Happy running!

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  9. Happy Running Day to you!

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  10. I love love love that you two race together!! And I'm a sucker for non runner-marathoner stories. Hits close to home :)

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  11. This is such a great post! Your love for the sport is SO inspiring!
    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  12. I am amazed and inspired by how far you have come in two years. You rock!

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  13. holy moly that is a lot of races!! Way to go! My Mike was my fire starter too :) I love reading all the posts today about where people came from in their running journey!

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  14. This makes me so happy! Love this post :)

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  15. So many races! :D Hope you enjoyed the holiday!

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  16. So many fun running pics:) I love it!

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  17. Great post!! Happy Running Day!!

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  18. I am so thankful for running. I am so thankful for you and Mike. I am just in love with this sport and all the awesomeness it sends my way.

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