Three years ago today I ran the first 5K of my running career. I’d run a 5K or two in my life previously, but it was always a “one and done” situation. Two years and 362 days ago, I laced the running shoes back up. I didn’t stop. I kept at it. Ran a marathon. Ran another. and a few more. And now’s as good a time as any to throw a shout out to some of the crew I ran with that day… my colleagues at Electric Insurance, I can’t remember who all ran that day. But I do know that five of them are part of my relay crew, and I love you guys. Thanks for being part of my journey (Jackie, Jenny, Mark, Matt, and Ali – C’mon Road Hazahds, let’s go!).
I’ve run over 3,200 miles since that day, so it came as a surprise recently when I glanced at my watch and saw that the New York City Marathon was less than four months out. For grins, I checked my mileage log. Hmmm… since Ragnar Cape Cod, I’ve been averaging… less than nine miles a week.
So I logged 10.5 miles that week… and bumped it up to 14.8 the next. Then 20. Last week I managed 25.2, and this week, after 16 miles Monday to Thursday, I banged out 14 of the swampiest, nastiest, muggiest miles I’ve ever run. I was running on a recreation trail, which is easy on the knees and ankles, but a takes some of the starch out of you as when you push off, some of your energy just shifts dirt around instead of propelling you forward. But I managed 14 slow miles, and so did Claire, who rode along with on her bicycle. Thank goodness, I went through a lot of water! Thirty for the week. Not bad, considering where I was just a month ago.
So it’s been three months since I’ve been on a run longer than 11 miles, but today is a good milestone. I’ll push it up two or three miles each of the next few weekends, and boom, that gets us into 20 mile training runs. New York is 13 weeks out, so I have plenty of time.
…and since I do better when I have a sense of pressure, I went ahead and signed up for the Baystate Marathon. So yeah. TEN weeks to get ready. Woot woot! It’s going to be fun!
Thanks again to the best road crew ever for keeping me hydrated!