2. I have been starting and stopping running for 4 years.
3. I first started when I turned 40, it's now 4 years later.
4. I usually restart each summer.
5. I usually fall off each fall.
6. This year I've done something different.
7. I started at Spring Break.
8. Why? My mother in-law had stints put in and I started bootcamp at the Y and running.
9. I love bootcamp! to vary the running.
10. I see muscles from running and bootcamp.
11. I feel stronger from running and bootcamp.
12. I have made changes to make this time for myself.
13. I've read a couple of books about running.
14. The first summer I did followed the Couch to 5K plan.
15. The next two summers, I just dabbled around without a big plan.
16. I like plans!
18. To be honest, all I've read is this summer's plan - 5K Finish It
19. I started on week 3 - Walk 2 min and then run 6min 4 times.
20. I liked running the same path in my neighborhood.
21. I think running in the neighborhood guaranteed I could make it back home somehow.
22. I found creative ways to run 3.1 miles in a small neighborhood.
23. Running the same path gave me benchmarks for distance.
24. I then knew about how far additional minutes might take me.
25. I appreciated the walking periods between running periods.
26. I like running at night.
27. My body moves easier at night.
28. I was dedicated enough to run in a slight thunderstorm on the horizon one night.
29. I've gone out as late as 9:30pm, again just staying in the neighborhood.
30. I've have increased my running wardrobe.
31. I love the Champion line at Target for my clothes.
32. I even bought running leggings in full length, capri, and short all in black.
33. I wear running shorts over anything legging.
34. I use and LOVE the app Runkeeper.
35. I like numbers and Runkeeper tells me every 5 min. time, distance, and pace.
36. My pace has improved, around a 10 min mile give or take.
37. Runkeeper maps my path with my GPS on my Android phone.
38. I have my running playlist on my amazon cloud.
39. I always start with the song, If It's Love by Train.
40. I have an arm band for my phone.
41. I had a plan to run a 5K June 2nd.
42. Things got a bit busy with the end of the school year, I didn't sign up.
43. I want to make sure I can run 3.1 miles and smile at the finish.
44. Since school got out I've ran 3.1 miles three times now.
45. I found with the routine of running I look forward to it on my running days.
46. Yesterday I had a small mole removed on my left leg, not to worry.
47. The Dr. said no running for 72 hours and I am bummed.
48. I can run on Saturday, the stitches come out in 2.5 weeks.
49. I need to find a 5K, something small.
50. I have been really inspired by my friend Franki.
Franki started a blog Reading Teachers Running and I have been following her fitness journey all year. A recent post to start this summer was her list of 100 Things About Me as a Runner, where she also explains her thinking about creating such a list. I appreciate her open and honest thinking about her journey. She shares ups and downs. She shared weekly what she could accomplish. I found myself thinking, if Franki can do this so can I. At one point we swapped a couple of running songs and as I shuffle through my mix, her songs come up and remind me, if Franki can do this so can I. Many times people assume I am a runner based on my body type, whatever that is. Running is hard. For me, it's been an issue of thinking I can do it. Running also requires mental fitness. I've also had to make time and changes in my schedule to run and do bootcamp. I've run 3 times a week to get this far. I would like to have a good week of 3.1 running three times and end the week with my first 5K. I'm no longer a closet runner, thank you for joining me on this journey.