“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I Ran and a Question

I had a great run today. The temp was colder than I would like, 37 degrees compared to 71 just 3 days ago. For some reason I always seem to run a bit faster in the cooler temps.  I don't know if it's in my head or what, here are my splits for todays run:

5.5 miles- 43:37 mins

mile 1- 8:29
mile 2- 8:27
mile 3- 8:35
mile 4- 9:01(not sure what happened here);)
mile 5- 8:48
mile .5- cooldown

Christina over at Lazy Bones Running asked a great question on her post today:  
"How or when did you know you caught the running bug?"

I knew I had caught the running bug when I decided to dish out an obscene amount of money for proper running shoes and didn't feel guilty about it...at all.  I had just finished my first 5k race in 2008. The thrill of crossing the finish line and being able to run a 5k without walking made me so proud of myself. I'm a naturally competitive person, so I couldn't wait until the next race to beat my time. I had run in an old pair of New Balance that were about 4 yrs old and had never given thought to proper running footwear or attire before this race.  Buying those new running shoes to me, meant I was going to be running...a lot. I enjoyed it enough that I was going to start investing not only my time, but my money into it.

Flashback photos: A few pics from my first race ever!
This was 10mins before the race. My friend Gina(who I made run with me) told me to show her my game face!

And here is me falling...I am NOT very graceful!

So thankful for friends who support me! Gina lives in Chicago(my hometown) and has run this race with me two years in a row...Gina loathes running. Now that is a true friend!

I love to look back and see how far I have come.  I have truly fallen in love with running!
I think we all hear negative comments from people who think running is crazy.  Everyone wants to share their horror stories about how they "used" to run but they blew out both knees or hurt their back or lost an eye....for some reason(probably their own insecurities) some people just don't like when you get fit. Maybe it intimidates them or convicts them in their own lifestyle.  Whatever the case is, I'm learning to tune that negativity out and turn it around.  It no longer bothers me, it makes me feel good.  It makes me feel like a runner.  They obviously see something in me that they want but don't know how to get it......this always gives me an opportunity to draw them in or at least to share the joys of running.

Tomorrow is Show N' Tell Wednesday and I have some great things to share with you!

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Grace and peace,


Hannah said...

Way to go on the quick run in chilly weather! You had 71 degree weather just days ago? When can I move in? :)

What a great journey you've had so far. Loved your pre-race pics! So cute!

Jen said...

I like that you have come a long way. I second the comment about negative feedback. Running gives me time to be with God. I love it.

Allison aka Scooty's Mom said...

Way to go on your journey with running. Somehow I have agreed to run a 5K in June with my brother...I haven't run in once since 2006. Yikes!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Nice run in the refeshing temps! Spring will get here one day.

It nice reading all of these 'how I got started running' stories. I hope you continue to love running and sharing your journey.

Kerrie T. said...

Great pics! Love the game face!


Look at you speedy girl! I love the game face photo!

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