1st year running (Read 1203 times)

    Today marks the 1st anniversary of my beginning as a runner!


    On this day last year, I decided that it was time for a lifestyle change.  That day, my wife and I walked 32 minutes at the local park.  Later that week I found that after only 2 minutes of lite jogging, I was violently sucking air.  After 6 weeks, I could jog all of 1 mile straight.


    Now, after 12 months of dedication (with the support of my loving family, esp. my DW), I have seen 968 miles of pavement, built my base to over 30 mpw (without getting injured Smile ), and have achieved my original weight goal by losing 37 pounds.  My 3rd half marathon is in November...shooting for a sub-2:00).  It took months, but I remember when I realized I had transitioned from the point of pushing myself to walk X times per week.  Now I feel a little disappointed when I don't lace 'em up on my rest days.  Pretty cool.


    Overall, a much happier, healthier me is amazed at how running has improved my lifestyle.  Looking forward to more great changes in year 2 and a new set of goals to pursue.


    You guys here at RA have been super helpful & motivating with all the advice and support for all levels of runners...especially us noobs.  Thank you all!

      Thats a pretty solid first year Russell..........you've done really well.


      Good job - and keep on running because it will continue to get better for you.....

      Champions are made when no one is watching

        definitely a great 1st yr!  &  I predict more great achievements for you!

          Nice job - keep going, it only gets better.

          old woman w/hobby

            congratulations to you russell.   you are doing so well.



            Just run.

            Team 9 from Outer Space

              Way to go! Smile

              "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)


              Three half marathons later, I got a number. Half Fanatic #9292. :)

              Feeling the growl again

                Nearly a thousand miles in your first year and targeting sub-2 HM in just a few months extra....very impressive!

                "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand


                I am spaniel - Crusher of Treadmills


                Prince of Fatness

                  These success stories never get old.  Nice work!


                    Nice job - keep going, it only gets better.

                     +1!  Enjoy!

                      That's an amazing first year! Congrats!!

                        Great Job!!  I recently started running again after taking several years off and am now remembering all the things I love about it!  Congrats on some pretty impressive goals.Approve

                          That's fantastic! You're rocking some pretty impressive numbers in both mileage and weight loss!

                          I don't half-ass anything


                          "I have several close friends who have run marathons, a word that is actually derived from two Swahili words: mara, which means 'to die a horrible death' and thon, which means 'for a stupid T-shirt.' Look it up." - Celia Rivenbark, You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning


                            Nice and consistent. Be very proud of yourself, you deserve to be. Big grin

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                              Excellent !!