Today is a special day for me. It was six years ago on May 26, 2010 when I started my journey as a runner on the Kokosing Gap Trail in Mount Vernon. I was 35 pounds heavier and was looking for some way to get in better shape.
Fast forward 2,192 days later and that running journey has taken me through 17 states, 11,890 miles, and several dozen pairs of running shoes all the while introducing me to many great new friends and exciting adventures.
I shared a lot of my running history last year in a blog and there is no need to go into all of that again. Over the past 366 days since that blog, there have been ups and downs. I battled plantar fasciatis throughout the summer and eventually suffered a broken left foot on August 13 while on a run. That led to 12 weeks of no running and very limited activity until the end of that recovery process. However, I tried to find other ways to stay involved in running by supporting others and still going to races. I’m not going to lie…it was HARD! But, I realized that I can’t take running for granted. Just like other things in life it can be taken from you in a blink of an eye. Live in the moments and take full advantage of things while you can.
Ironically, despite all that time off due to the injury, I still had one of my best running years yet as I managed to log 2,229 miles. I ran my fastest half marathon time in February as part of my training for the Boston Marathon, and I completed Boston for the second year and bettered my time with a 3:28:48 for my ninth marathon finish in 6 years.
One of the highlights of my running this year has been all the time I spent getting to know Nashville on foot as I have been there for work. It’s a great running town and I’ve made several new running friends there and logged lots of miles. I hope to run a race there at some point.
I’m looking forward to training hard but smart this summer and staying injury-free while preparing for a fall marathon when the weather is a little cooler. Who knows where the journey will take me this year!