I came here today with a topic in my head, but I wasn’t sure if I’d written about it yet, so I skimmed through all my previous posts. It was a relatively short jaunt down memory lane, but it was kind of cool to see how far I’ve come. I’ve run many miles in the past year – actually, that’s kind of a funny story.
I started logging runs in November 2013. Before I got my GPS watch, I used mapmyrun.com to draw out my routes and estimate my distance and times …. it was INCREDIBLY inaccurate! Not to put down mapmyrun, you guys helped me a lot when I started out, but my only options are to map the distance by road mileage which wouldn’t be accurate, or I can try to find the path or sidewalk I was on, and the GPS watch doesn’t make me do all that work. My mileage was really inflated and I could only round my time to the nearest minute. I logged longer runs in November 2013 than in January 2014, so part of me is like,” Ack! You’re getting worse!” but I have to remind myself that data is totally untrustworthy!
Sifting through the posts, I can tell my emotions are all over the place from day to day; I’m happy, I’m sad. I’m improving, I suck. Honestly, I’m just glad I’m sticking with it, and the evidence is there. I can run farther without stopping, I can keep running longer without stopping, my legs are stronger, and my mile has come down from 17-18 min/mile pace to 15-16 min/mile. I’m excited for summer to get here – I can’t wait to find new running routes!
Also, I found out about a 5K that’s happening in at a winery in town in May and I realized I haven’t signed up for any 5Ks this year! I signed up for a mud event in May that was kind of really expensive and I think the sticker shock made me wary about signing up for anything else. I think I’ll sign up for that 5K when registration opens, and probably one of the Color Runs if I can convince some family members to join me… I’ll probably end up walking that one, but it looks like fun! I think I’ll sign up for the same October & December races I did last year. Other than that, I need to start searching locally for races! What races is everyone else doing this year?
By the way, the topic I was going to write about was that although I am a very slow runner, I still consider myself a runner. I am not jogging. You might call me fat, but I don’t. I don’t think I look like the weight the scale tells me I am. I’m frustrated when clothes don’t fit well because I feel like I’m being restricted, not able to fulfill my potential. I get the sense sometimes that people count me out before seeing what I can actually do. I’m an administrative assistant, but that doesn’t mean I’m only here to answer the phone and take messages. Today I asked someone how I could help them, and they were like, “We probably won’t need anything from you, we’re looking for reports and statements and etc.” and I was like “….yeah, those reports and statements, I create them. I organize them. This is directly under the purview of what I do every day. I’m awesome. Try me.”