January 6, 2017 was cold and rainy and I did not relish walking an hour on the treadmill and staring at the shrubs. My gym at the time was sub-basement. I was still chasing steps and needed 10/12K and I wondered what would happen if I just sped the treadmill up a little.
Past Anniversary Posts:
Yes, that bold is absolutely on purpose. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish for a round number, but I am insanely proud of what a mostly pain free running year looks like, and I accomplished most of my goals. I am so happy to be marking this runversary uninjured, healthy and relatively fine given the state of the world. Very very grateful.
It was fitting that my fifth running anniversary fell on a Thursday, the day of our office run group. Running really introduced me to people I wouldn’t have met, or gotten to know as well otherwise. Besides all of you, who I adore, I met two of my closest local friends through running: one via Darlene and one through a running Meetup group. Then there were all the wonderful people I met marathon training. The office run group? It came out of our ringleader wearing a Boston Marathon fleece in the office one day and we got to talking. And running. It’s folks who I don’t interact with all that often on work stuff, so it’s nice to get to know them.
Last night’s conversation? That less than three years after I ran/walked .61 miles on the treadmill, I ran a marathon. Sometimes that still doesn’t seem real. It was a fun conversation about running plans and goals. It’s crazy to think that just weeks after my one-year anniversary I ran my first Half, and then immediately signed up for a second. I never got that bug with the marathon distance and doubt I will, but wow — half marathons are just my favorite. Grabbing the marathon jacket wasn’t meant to be celebratory – otherwise I’d have run in the race shirt. It’s just one of those 35 could go either way, I’ll take the windbreaker as a layer and don’t need a hood moments. As I mentioned last year, I still very much feel like both the runner who ran/walked .61 and the one who ran/walked 26.2. And I think that’s totally normal.
I’m still continuing to build back slowly to stay uninjured so I didn’t have any crazy plans for my celebratory miles. Also, dark at 5PM limits the realistic options as I don’t need a souvenir fall. ~5 miles is typical for Thursday evening and I decided to go with 5.5, 1.1 mile for each year of running. Because I’m still not good at drinking or reading my watch on the run (ten year goals?) I ended up at 5.6, so 1.12. An extra hundredth for some good luck?
One of the other takeaways of this journey is that I am not a gym person. Or let me rephrase that, I don’t need a gym. When I found out that the Sheraton where my running journey started was closing to the public, I was so worried about losing the ability to run because I had no idea how I could regularly run without a treadmill, and I didn’t want to stop running. Thanks to the COVID-19 shutdown, I found out I’m not at all a fair weather runner. Do I love the peak of summer or ice cold rain? Not especially, but I’ve been out there two years running. Flexibility to run when it warms up/cools down and after it melts is a wonderful tool.
Looking ahead to my sixth running anniversary. It will be a Friday. I have never run a race this weekend since it’s adjacent to my niece’s birthday and there’s sometimes a party, but maybe I’ll finally do JoeK 10K. 6.2 for six years?
Closing on a non running but coffee note I’ll note that my kitchen counter and Keurig got an upgrade from my 2019 one. I loved that and referred to it as my favorite pandemic purchase along with the desktop and instant pot, but when it had an issue and I saw this available for the credit Keurig gave me. I really didn’t need a 72 oz reservoir and since that’s the sum total of my counter space, I was glad to have it back.