Warning: this is going to be a long, sappy, self-congratulatory post. Today is exactly one year since I completed my first triathlon, ending a years long hiatus from running. Injuries and a lack of self-care turned me into an ex-runner throughout my late 20s (six years I think?). After turning 30, I decided to take a chance at running again. I was afraid of injury, so I signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon, which allowed me to experience an endurance event, while keeping my running limited to 10k. At the time, I was only focused on the triathlon and didn’t think about what I’d do after.
Fast forward a year and I’ve now run over 100 miles in competition (plus some biking and swimming along the way). I still want to do another triathlon (maybe a half Ironman next spring??) but first I had to go to Philly and complete my first marathon. This was a really special race for me, because I had signed up for this race 9 years earlier but failed to train properly so I ran the half instead. It was the one-that-got-away and I needed to prove to myself I could do it. A few months later, in Myrtle Beach, I broke 4 hours in my second marathon. This race felt like a breakthrough because I had figured out my pacing and was able to finish strong and smiling. I’m heading to Chicago in the fall and can’t wait to try and bring that PR down again.
It is strange to realize that I’ve only been running seriously for the past 18 months. It feels like I never stopped, but just two years ago, if you asked me, I would have told you that I wouldn’t be able to run without pain ever again. I am so happy to once again do something that I love - and this time with greater intention, self-care and determination. I have set a PR in every distance I’ve run this year, including running faster than my times from 10 years ago. I know the best is yet to come, because I now appreciate my body more than ever.
.📷: 1. Myrtle Beach marathon; 2. West Point Lake triathlon; 3. East Atlanta Village 5k; 4. Winship 5k; 5. Philly marathon; 6&7. Bermuda 10k and 1/2 marathon; 8. Myrtle Beach marathon; 9. Atlanta trail Ragnar