When I started my journey into running I was misguided at best. My sister, in Maine, called and asked my parents, my other sister and me to join her in doing #12in2012. I hadn't heard if this, I wasn't a runner, I WAS lazy & out of shape. She explained that we were to run 12, 5k's throughout the year. The only running I've ever done, really, is one 5k during the local fair in our hometown because it supports the Lions Club and my dad belongs, but I did it almost every year. I decided to join and figured what the hell I've ran before I can run again. I HAD NO IDEA...
In January I ran my first mile it took over 18 minutes. However, I didn't stop. It was personal now, I had no idea I had let myself go so much. I used to be a co-manager at a gym, I taught aerobics, step, water, an abs class. By the end of January I finished my first 5k and was kinda hooked, a friend of mine posted on twitter she couldn't make it to the Indianapolis Mini Marathon(1/2) and she was selling both of her entry's. I kind of figured if I could run 3 miles I could run 13.1 miles, so my sister here (Stephanie) and I bought the entry's and started to RUN. Somehow, someway we had gone from not running to being half marathoners in a matter of 30 days. It was a hard, long and exhausting day. We didn't make our goal, but we finished!!
I have no idea how it happened but by April we were running (gulp) long runs on the weekends, 8-9-10 milers wow if someone had told me 3 months before I would've laughed. I kind of laughed when asked to do 12 5k's... By the end of August I had volunteered at a triathlon and thought that that could be fun, it's on my list:). You could not have convinced me that I would feel the NEED to run, but I did and do. I started to get grumpy if I hadn't ran in a couple of days, just a mile or two would suffice. Now this year coming up, 2013, it's my year. I'm going to run it into the ground! I'm doing #13in2013 variety races and half of them are 10k or more, including One full Marathon. My previous post deals more in that area:).
I'm ready to tackle this year, head on, I have my schedule out until May and the excitement is like that of a child on Christmas morning. Lets do this thing:)