I have been running since the summer of 2012. Crazy to start in the summer, yeah, but that’s just what I did. I actually couldn’t even run at first. I had to start out walking a couple miles a few times a week. After 2 weeks I could jog for a minute or two then walk again, then jog again, then walk again. It took me about 6 weeks before I could run (incredibly slowly) for 3 miles. Then in October 2012 I ran my first 5k. I finished in 46:11.
It was such a euphoric experience, I immediately took membership with the local running club, Southern Oregon Runners, and the local training group, Southern Oregon Running Enthusiasts (SORE). I have been running ever since.
Not all runs are fun, motivating, or great but all are invigorating. I recently trained so long and ran 5 events in a 5 week period (3 of them were half marathons!) that I totally burned myself out. After that, I think I ran 4 times in two and a half months and when I finally did run my next 5k, my finish was 49:22. My worst time ever! Should I mention that I was also nursing a chest cold and coughed and hacked the whole time? But it doesn’t matter what my time is, I am always glad I signed up, trained, and finished.