Sunday, October 23, 2011

Milestones

This month marks the second anniversary of when I started running. I've always tried to exercise, but this is the longest I've ever stayed with a program. Running has taken me places and allowed me to see and do things I never thought possible. It has given me so much confidence for it has shown me I can do things that I never thought I was capable of. I love that there is always something to be working for - running faster, running farther - and has shown me my true colors on how hard I am willing to work for what I want.

I wish I had a log of all the miles I have run and the countless times I have dragged my behind out of bed before sunrise to make it to the gym. I totally understand the meaning of "the wall" and know how far it is to any point in Vernal. I have run in temperatures as cold as 17 degrees and as warm as 90. I know all about gels, Gu's, powerbars, energy blocks, and sports drinks. I have enough running clothes for them to have their own load of laundry and am on my fourth pair of shoes. I have my own water bottles and know that it's almost impossible to drink out of a cup while running without getting soaking wet. I have been so sore I had to go down the stairs on my behind and so exhausted I couldn't move another muscle.

In the two years, I have run five half marathons and as of this past weekend, run three 200-ish mile relays.

And I can't wait to do more.

6 comments:

Myrna said...

You are AMAZING! You are quite the example of "stick-to-it-tiv-ness" I know of! I am so glad that you love running, wish I shared your passion!

Amanda said...

Way to go Steph, you always impress me. That is quite the accomplishment!

Katie said...

Isn't running amazing? I cannot wait to get back to it! You are inspiring---way to do all those amazing things! I cannot wait to do a RAGNAR relay. Way to go Steph!

Laina said...

That's incredible Steph. I've always wished I was a 'runner'. Good for you!

Jana Perkins said...

whatever bug bit you send it over to my house! i need your motivation. if you ever figure out how to share it, let me know. good job! you are my hero.

Diane said...

Running is so much fun, isn't it?!? I am so proud of you! Glad you enjoy it!