Well since my entire blogging list is filled with Happy Runners Day posts, I figured I would join in on the fun. What is going to happen on Happy Blogging Day? (when is that? If there is a Pirate and Bacon day, there has to be a blogging day).
As stated a few times, running is a big part of my life. At first it was because I was on my high school track and field team and I competed in the sprints and hurdles events. At that point I could barely run longer than 800m, but I was speedy, very speedy. Once high school was over I marched my way to University. There was a track team at my university, but the track practice times conflicted with my courses. In hindsight, I probably should have chosen track over that one class – but I figured I was done with track. I did sometimes go to the school track (which was conveniently right next to my dorm) and run a few laps, but it was a rare occurrence that I worked out in university. Then started a pretty big blip in my “sporting life” where I did next to no exercise. I occasionally went to the school gym and played some softball/dodgeball/soccer, but nothing on a regular basis. When I went to teacher’s college in London, I can’t even tell you what physical activity that I participating in – I never saw the gym there and I wasn’t on any teams.
Then came my glorified paid victory lap at McMaster. There was a brand new gym facility and because I “paid” for the gym via student fees, I was given a free membership for my 10 month post. Because of my flexible schedule I was able to go to the gym quite often. I also started running some laps on the new indoor track. The following year I bought a brand new bike and started biking to school and biking around Ottawa.
Then came the day that I started running again. I had just moved to Ottawa and was quite bored. I’m not sure what actually made me want to run, I just picked up and started running. The first few attempts at running, I could barely make it past 1 KM without having to stop to catch my breath. I knew very little about distance running. I wore cotton t-shirts, did not own a Garmin and wore cheap running shoes (I knew nothing about proper fitting shoes). I signed up for my first 5K in 2010 and three years later, I am still running. I now wear tech shirts, own a Garmin and wear shoes that fit my running needs.
So far I have run:
1 – 10K race
1 – half marathon
1- Mud Race
1 – Adventure Race
17 (that I can remember) – 5K races
And many more to come…..
Happy Running Day