While we are taking a diversion from blogging about teaching related topics, how about I share some running stories with you today?

Two years ago you would not find be able to find me out running the trails or ocean side paths.  Nope, not this girl.  Up until summer 2013 I absolutely loathed running.  Actually, let’s be more specific, I haven’t really enjoyed exercising since 2003.  After I “retired” from my rhythmic gymnastics training I took a ten year hiatus from anything overly active or competitive.  It’s not that I just sat on the couch and did nothing for the past ten years (I danced, I played volleyball), it’s just that I didn’t really find any athletic activity to stick with as intensely as I did during my gymnastics career.  In hindsight, this is probably a good thing.

The track I despised during summer camp training circa 2000/2001ish.  I'm the fancy lady in the red t-shirt and white shorts (pre-lululemon explosion, so please forgive me).
The track running I despised during summer camp training circa 2000/2001ish. I’m the fancy girl in the red t-shirt and white shorts (pre-lululemon explosion, please forgive me). Yes, I am running with a walkman and headphones that aren’t earbuds.

My view on running changed in spring 2012 when I decided once and for all that I needed to get over the fact that I hated running.  I convinced a high school friend of mine to register for a local 5k race.  We ran six times before the race and I finished the 5k thinking, “I knew I could do that!”  I didn’t really enjoy the whole experience…but I did it.

Post first ever 5k race!
Post first ever 5k race!  Feeling quite proud of myself.

That same summer I decided to try my first mini-triathlon, so I registered with a friend (different friend from the 5k run) and I actually trained pretty hard for six weeks.  I finished my first mini-tri in 1hr16mins and felt pretty pleased with myself.  I haven’t done a triathlon since then; let’s just say I’m no champ in the pool.

Crossing the finish line of my first mini-triathlon and feeling very accomplished!
Crossing the finish line of my first mini-triathlon and feeling very accomplished!

So, I dabbled in running races and found that running began to grow on me.  Summer 2013 had me running a 5k race with my middle school run club and my first 10k race with my cousins and auntie.  Fall 2013 had me running my first 8k race where I achieved a personal best finish time.  And now…I kind of like running.

A sweet photo my husband took of the start line (5k) from The 2nd Annual Goddess Run, June 2013.
A sweet photo my husband took of the start line (5k) from The 2nd Annual Goddess Run, June 2013.

I’m currently getting physio treatment for a hip injury that I am sure is running induced.  You see, I’m not a particularly good runner.  I doubt my form is very good (hence the hip injury) and my pace isn’t amazing.  I have yet to run a distance longer than 10k.  I’m also not that great at actually sticking to training plans (exercise commitment issues). You might question why I’m even sticking to running because I’m making myself sound like a terrible runner, but I’m sticking with it because I actually really enjoy it now.  It’s taken me two years to get to this point, but I feel currently like a champ because I’ve overcome my negative attitude toward running.

Like Meaghan, I have some big running goals lined up for 2014, including another 10k race and my first half marathon (yes, I convinced yet another friend to join me for the half marathon – it will be her first too!) The half marathon I’m running is on June 1st and it’s called The 3rd Annual Goddess Run. I chose to do this half marathon as my first because this was my first 5k race and my second 5k race – the event is so much fun and for women only, and they hand out chocolate covered strawberries at the finish line.  Amazing.

I'm currently running "Rehab Runs" to help my hip get better in time for the start of my half marathon training program which begins Feb. 10th.  New lululemon run tights help make the rehab runs more fun :)
I’m currently running “Rehab Runs” to help my hip get better in time for the start of my half marathon training program which begins Feb. 10th. New lululemon running tights help make my rehab runs more fun 🙂

What is your favourite way to sweat? Any readers who run out there? Anyone have big fitness goals for 2014?

Karley