Runners Tell All: Reflections and Goals


I haven't linked up with my runner friends in awhile, so I thought what better time than the end of the year? This year was a huge rollercoaster for me, as far as running goes. I started consistently training for an actual race early in 2014. I was a novice runner and signed up for my first ever half-marathon. Jared and I trained together most of the time, which helped a lot. He kept me motivated and pushed me when I needed pushed. I was seeing differences in my speed, as well as my mileage, and I was getting excited about accomplishing a huge feat I never thought I would.

Sadly my new found love for running wasn't easy on my body and I didn't take care of myself as I probably needed to. I rarely stretched or cooled down after a good run and one day, sure enough, I pushed a little too hard and hurt my hip pretty badly. I thought a week off would be plenty, but that first run I tried? Still excruciating pain. I took 3-4 weeks off, only walking here and there when I could, everything else was too painful. About three weeks before the race I started back into some super slow jogging and even that was tough. I knew the race would be a monster to accomplish.

But I did it! I recapped everything about that race here, but it was the hardest and most painful thing I've ever done. Crossing that finish line was something I will never forget. I will also never forget the pain I felt for weeks afterwards. I swore I'd never do another half-marathon, I swore it was a one time thing.
After I'd recovered from the race Jared and I got back into somewhat of a routine, lifting weights and running here and there, but running eventually got put on a back burner. And now here I am at the end of 2014 realizing how much I've missed it. I haven't made running a priority lately, but the few runs I have gotten in? They made me feel alive again! Cheesy, sure... but it's the truth.

So looking forward to 2015, I have high hopes for myself as a runner. Jared and I are signed up for two half-marathons in the Spring already, and may even add another one later in the year. I learned a lot this year about running, about my body and what I'm capable of, too. Going into 2015 I want to proudly take on the title of "runner" ... not just, a wanna-be who doesn't know what she's doing but sometimes moves her feet on the pavement ;)

13 comments

  1. The fact that you signed up and ran a half marathon as a "novice runner" blows my mind! I know it wasn't the race you wanted but it's still impressive that you took that on. I hope you get to where you want to be in 2015, and I can't wait to see you crush Rock n Roll in March!

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  2. What a great post and congrats on your half marathon. It's such an achievement. I've had the same feelings about running recently, it's dropped off my radar a bit and I've really missed it. 2015 will hopefully be a better running year. Laura xx

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  3. I'm excited for you to start training again! I have only recently started incorporating cool downs into my runs, and I really like it. Stretching is a huge must for me too. I'm excited to see what 2015 holds for you! I'm sure there are apps for logging training, and I also love Daily Mile for that. It gives me great satisfaction to return from a run and log my miles :) thanks for linking up!

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  4. I hear you on the injuries. I spent a few months injured myself. Good luck with your races in the new year! Happy Holidays!

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  5. Injuries are the worst! I'm glad you recovered from you injuries enough to sign up for not 1, but 2 half-marathons this spring (crazy!). Good luck with both races!

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  6. Oh no for a big injury! I've been there and done that and know it isn't fun. I don't like stretching much either and learned the hard way. Have you ever tried foam rolling? It literally saved my running life. I highly recommend re-searching them and seeing if it is something you would like.

    I think you will do great in 2015! I think when we first start running it's a learning year and becoming a better runner takes time and education! Thanks for linking up with us.

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  7. I remember reading your race post and being so proud! Way to go, lady. My running got pushed to the back burner, too. I'm hoping to rekindle our romance in 2015!!!

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  8. So so happy we were able to cross the finish line together!!!!!! Love you!

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  9. First off, congratulations on completing your first ever half marathon! That is a great achievement! Incorporating yoga into my weekly routine has really helped my body since I rarely do cool-downs either. Good luck with your running goals in 2015!

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  10. That is awesome that you were able to complete the race this year, despite your pain! And the fact that you are signed up for more shows dedication! I really hate running, I always have but my goal for 2015 is to make myself like it. Or at east try to!

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  11. You go, girl! You should totally be proud that you finished that half! So impressive. I can't believe you signed up for two in the spring! You're straight crazy. I wouldn't even call myself a wannabe. I'd call myself someone who only runs when being chased. ;)

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  12. Wow, that you even went for it in that half is AMAZING! I would have not been so brave, that's for sure. Can't wait to rock with you in 2015!

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  13. i am in awe that you still did it, even after an injury and time off! that's badass. and i am signed up for 2 half marathons next year and hope to do a 3rd later on in the year as well. like you said, running totally took a backseat for me and i really missed it, so here's hoping 2015 is the year of running for all of us!

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