It's hard for me to believe that it's been a whole year since I laced up and never quit. I really have to thank Dena (I used to babysit her kids). She encouraged me to get out and run during a conversation one night after I babysat. I don't think I have seen her since, but THANK YOU DENA! Like a lot of new runners, I had a specific race in mind that I wanted to do, but I didn't think I could do the mileage. It was 4 miles and 4 months away and I genuinely did not think I could do that. The race was an obstacle race in Florida that my cousins organize, design the obstacles, they do everything, so I thought it would be so cool to go down to FL for it, but I was very nervous. I was completely intimidated because of the distance, the fact that is was also an obstacle race and that my cousins are elite runners down there. After Dena told me I could and should do it, I started running 2-3 times a week every week. I owe a lot of my transformation into a runner and fitness freak to Dena and that conversation.
I never did make it down to Florida for FL-ROC, but I did accomplish a lot in the last year in the way of running, fitness and health in general.
Things I Learned During My First Year of Running:
You can do things that seem impossible.
You will feel better, happier, proud, completely lifted up after running or working out. Even if you felt like dying during it.
Running in the cold, snow or rain is awesome. It is refreshing. You also feel like a bad ass when you tell people you ran outside all winter.
Running alone without any music on a long run is so peaceful.
Running in a group and talking also makes the miles go by quickly. Especially fun to talk about poop with IBDers in Team Challenge :-P
It is hard to swallow peanut butter crackers while running. They are so dry!
Foam Roll and stretch. Just do it.
Petroleum jelly is your friend. That Body Glide stuff is too expensive.
Keep an spare golf ball around for rolling your foot on.
Your left leg sucks. Meaning your left Achilles, calf, knee - alternating between the three.
Strength Train! Your running will improve.
Growing a garden is great fun!
There are always going to be people that tell you running is bad for you, say they could never do it or call you crazy.
Keep sharing your journey. It is heartwarming when one person writes you a message saying you are inspiring them.
Some Photos From My First Year:
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance