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The Great Big Bloggy Post Exchange! Meet Jesse from Journey Thru Life!

Posted Aug 03 2011 6:00am

A couple of weeks ago I responded to the call from Pahla aka "P" @ Adventures of an Average Athlete   for those that wanted to do a post exchange! Jesse from A Journey Thru Life was kind enough to do a post on What she has learned from running and I will send my post off to Deanna of I am Not a Runner and you can read it there sometime this week, so keep checking!

Anyway, take it away Jesse!

What I've Learned from Running

Becoming a runner was a slow process for me. I started by following the Cool Running Couch to 5k Plan in September 2007 and did my first run/walk 5k with my husband on Thanksgiving morning in 2007. I was still following the program and I remember that we stuck to the run/walk intervals for the entire race. I don’t recall what our finishing time was {and we didn’t have timing chips at that race} but I remember that I fell in love with road races on that day. I had participated in two races before {the same race on Thanksgiving morning in 2004 as a walker with a friend and a 1 mile walk in May 2005} but I didn’t feel the sense of accomplishment like I did after crossing that finish line, with the man that would become my husband by my side, on that cold Thanksgiving morning.

I had a lot of setbacks when I first started running and I ended up extending the Couch to 5k program many times. Eventually I veered away from the structured plan and followed my own plan. And I started signing up for more races. In 2008 I completed seven 5k’s and I slowly started to feel more like a runner as my times started to get faster {at that time I had this preconceived notion that "runners" were fast --- I’ve since learned that ANYONE can be a runner, regardless of how fast you go … all you have to do is RUN}. It was also in 2008 that I discovered the wonderful blogosphere! I started reading some healthy living blogs and running blogs and slowly started to discover this amazing world of supportive bloggers. In July 2008 I started my blog, Journey Thru Life Blog . It’s taken a few different directions over the years but remains my place to share the day-to-day happenings in my life, including all about my running!


In spring 2009 I got married and the months leading up to my wedding, and for a few months after the big day, my running was sparse. I lost a lot of stamina during that time and finally in August 2009 I decided that enough was enough and I needed to get back into running . I downloaded a podcast for my iPod and restarted a Couch to 5k program. I stuck with the program and after just a few weeks I decided I wanted to run a half marathon ! This was a big deal for me. I never imagined when I started running that I would ever want to run that distance. I always thought I would be content with running 5k races and around my neighborhood a few times a week. Once I started increasing my distance to train for my first half marathon I started to experience some shin splints . As the mileage continued to increase, and the half marathon date loomed closer and closer, I decided to take action and paid a visit to my physician who referred me to a physical therapist . I was able to run my first half marathon successfully finishing in 2:53:41! After finishing my first half marathon I knew I was becoming a runner for life. I continued to struggle with some minor aches and pains and injuries but I remained optimistic and in the summer of 2010 I started training for my second half marathon – this time with a training group. It was during that time that I decided that I wanted to run a full marathon too. I had come a long way from the girl who only wanted to run 5k’s and now I was contemplating 26.2 miles. I pitched the idea to my husband, because I knew I would never be able to do it without him, and we decided to run the California International Marathon on December 5th, 2010 {INSERT RECAP HERE}. I had even more setbacks leading up to the marathon but I made it to marathon day and after almost six hours I became a marathoner , with my husband by my side!


After completing the CIM in December 2010 I took several weeks off from running then returned, slowly, at the beginning of this year only to suffer from severe shin splints that forced me to visit my physician again and take several weeks off from running . Once I started running again I followed a strict run/walk plan for 10 weeks and then I spent 8 more weeks building my running base .  I took the time to look back over my training the past couple of years and knew that I needed to learn from my mistakes .  I've learned to know what my body can handle and the best ways for me to avoid reoccurring injuries And now I’m officially training for my third half marathon in October and my second full marathon in December.


In all this time I’ve learned a lot about running, and from running. I’ve completed 37 races to date and every single one has been a learning experience. I’ve learned that running is a sport that anyone can participate in. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you run. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other. I’ve learned that when you get knocked down, you have to get back up. I’ve learned that you need to challenge your limits and to know when to push yourself.  And I've learned that you'll never know what your limits are unless you try. I’ve learned that your only competition is yourself.  "Your biggest challenge isn't someone else.  It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells CAN'T, but you don't listen.  You just push harder.  And then you hear the voice whisper 'can'.  And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are." {Author Unknown}.  So, what are you waiting for?  The miles don't go away ... they are patiently waiting for you to run them! 



There ya have it! So go visit Jesse and let her know where you saw her!

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