I began running at the end of March to prepare for my first 5K in mid-April. I started with the “Ease into 5K” iPhone app and was initially “running” 14:07 miles. It took till Week 4 Day 3 to reach a respectable 11:09 pace for a 5K run and on May 14th I ran 4 miles at a 10:13 pace–which is about where I average still today. This year, I ran on actual streets, on vacation, and on trails–not just the treadmill. From the girl who used to flaunt my asthma as an excuse to get out of the dreaded “run a mile” day in gym class throughout middle school and high school, these accomplishments are huge to me.
I still often think—especially mid-run—how much I hate running. It’s so damn hard! But there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you complete a run. I’ve never participated in an activity before that had such clear goals and specific proof of accomplishments. With dancing, I knew I was good but it was up to personal opinion if I was great. But with running, the time and/or distance of your run is an undeniable accomplishment. You can constantly set goals for yourself, meet them, revise them, and push yourself further. Your goal might be to run a mile in 7 minutes, and my goal might be to run it in 9:30 and that’s okay, because a mile is a mile.
Today I hit my total mileage goal of 250 miles for 2012! Which in my 8.5 months of running, averages to about 30 miles per month; or 1 mile per day! I’m still amazed that I can easily run 1 mile and still go on to do other things at the gym. While I have been more attracted to yoga in the last few months, I think it’s still the best barometer of fitness to be able to run.
I’m not sure what 2013 will bring, but my goal is to reach 300 miles. What are your fitness goals for the new year?
*Photo is of me at the Butterfly Run in April 2012, which is a 5K in honor of Elizabeth Ciunci, a former classmate of mine