10 Year Running Anniversary

My Race Medals - I finally hung them up!
I'm glad that I took that first step out the door ten years ago even if I was wearing the wrong kind of clothes and shoes.

Becoming a Runner

Before the previous ten years, I ran with my teenage friends and later I ran with my daughter in a baby jogger. Then I took a running break for 13 years.

When I turned 38, one hot August afternoon I put on my tennis shoes, cotton t-shirt and denim shorts and went for a run. Since then, I've kept it up for 10 years.

Training Plan for Beginning Runners

I started with a free online Couch to 5K training plan. Running was hard, but I wanted to be more fit before I turned 40 so I kept at it.

3 Advantages of Running 

  • The Places, People and Wild Animals I See When I Run
  • The Feeling of Accomplishment After a Run
  • Eating more cookies!

Why Run?

I started running for a strong and healthy body and that's part of the reason I like to run now, but if I didn't like running, I'd pick another sport to focus on like riding my bike. Most of all, I keep running because it's fun!

Why do you run? Do you keep running for the same reasons that you started running?

Comments

  1. Love this! And happy anniversary! I wish I had any idea when my running anniversary is....i suspect I am about 13-14 years old running wise :)

    I run every day for the day when I can hold that Great Britain jersey in my hand as I represent my country knowing I earned it :)

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  2. Awesome 10 years, well done! Running has been part of my life for as long as I can remember with my dad being a runner. I run for the love of it. I always have and always will.

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  3. That's awesome Tina!! Woo hoo for 10 years. I've been running since 2008, so 6 years. I hadn't run since junior high school around 30 years before. I started running again with a friend who wanted to lose weight then got hooked....too many reasons to list, but love it.

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  4. Good job on meeting this big milestone! I've been running since I was 10 or so. Your usual school track & cross country stuff. Into adulthood I picked up doing 5ks. For the most part I've always ran, only taking time off for pregnancies & deliveries. 5 years ago I began running with friends who went out on a 7 mile run, we did that once a week. One day I got lost from the group and ended up running 12-13 miles, that's when I knew I could go longer. I did my first half marathon, then an ultra, a marathon, etc......I just kept going. Now I do a wide variety of race distances, but every day I get out for a run. It's just part of who I am.

    Keep up the good work!!

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  5. I bet those 10 years have added SO much to your life ( in many ways)! Congrats on getting out the door ten years ago.

    PS. I had no idea you had a daughter!

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  6. Wow, 10 years!! Happy run-versary! :0) I had to laugh that you ran in denim shorts... I bet that was uncomfortable lol!

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  7. Happy Run-Versary :) I run for fitness and race to see if I can keep getting faster or at least smarter ;) I started running out of frustration during a difficult time in my life (maybe running away from problems somehow???) but I loved the adrenaline rush after completing a workout so stuck with it.

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  8. Happy 10th anniversary! Staying active with running for 10 years must feel like a huge accomplishment. I started running to prove to myself that I could (after some coaxing from a friend) and to train for my first 5K. I still find that I'm motivated by races and by enjoying the feel of a great run.

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  9. Congratulations on 10 great years! It is amazing to look back at how far you've come.
    I'm actually not sure why I run, there are probably multiple reasons. But I know I love the sense of freedom it gives.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I started running to burn fat, progressed into the distance thing and fell into the vortex. Now it's just what I do. Can't imagine life without it!

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  11. Happy anniversary - I"m fixing to have a big running anniversary, too and I'm so happy that I not only started running but loved it enough to stick with it all these years!!

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  12. Congrats on your running anniversary! I love to read the reasons why people run. I've been running since middle school (long, long ago) but keep it up to be healthy, be a positive role model for my kids and for FUN!

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  13. Congrats on your Runniversary! Such a fun recap!

    I started seriously running when I left college because I no longer had a sport to do. I love it now for the challenge.

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  14. So awesome. I am on about 4 year I think.

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  15. Congrats! As far as I can tell I have always been a runner. I remember being very young and running laps around the house, to the mailbox and back, around the yard etc just for fun. I do consider my era of running after my 2nd baby as a whole new thing since I decided to start racing, do my first half and full marathon, relays and pushing myself to new levels. Isn't it rewarding to see all those medals hung up?

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  16. Happy 10th running anniversary! I've only been running for 3 years but can't imagine not running in the future.

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  17. Wow 10 years!! That's quite the accomplishment. Congratulations!!!!

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  18. Congrats on your 10 year running anniversary - that is awesome! And I couldn't agree more than eating more cookies is one of the top benefits of running ;)

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  19. Too cool - happy running anniversary!! Makes me want to figure out when I first started and track my 'anniversaries' :) I started running to get fit - now I think mostly run to see how far I can push myself and how fast I can get, but I'll probably go back to running for fitness and fun soon!

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  20. What a milestone!! Congrats 4 Sure!! Look Forward To The Next Decade Of Photos AND Your Races Recaps.

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  21. So awesome! Congrats on your 10 years!

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  22. 10 years, wow! Congrats! I also run for a healthy body and because it makes me FEEL so much better!

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  23. That is so awesome that you have been running consistently for 10 years! Love your medal display. I hang my medals too! Running has always been and will continue to be an outlet for stress and my thoughts.

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  24. Happy Running Anniversary! That's great that you've got 10 consistent years under your belt. I love the set of hooks you have your medals hanging from. It's pretty! I have been running since spring 2007 now, but technically only 6 years because I took most of 2010 off.

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    1. Thanks! I finally pulled my medals out the drawer they were stored in when I bought the hanger. It was on sale for only about $10 at Hobby Lobby.

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  25. I started running when I moved to the US. My roommate was running and after a bad relationship I decided to give it a try. I was hooked after my first 5k.

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