Saturday, February 20, 2010

9 Novice Lives

How many times does one runner have to go back to Novice?
I am hoping I have at least 9 lives!

I started running when I was 14 years old. I wanted to be involved in sports, but my parents did not have the finances to put me into club sports with all my friends. (I am the third oldest of 12) I knew that we had running in our genes, from stories that my dad told. So I thought I will go out for track! I started as a hurdler, then tried high jump, but when the coach decided to have me run a 800 in a meet one time, and I won! I never looked back! I became a LONG DISTANCE RUNNER!
I ran in college and then before kids! I always knew that running was just part of my life...I couldn't imagine anything different. Then I got pregnant with my first daughter and was hospitalized and flat on my back for the first 6 months. That put a quick STOP to running. My dream of running during pregnancies has never been a reality for me. Infact, I am not able to run much the first 3-6 months after birth either, just due to my body healing! So after each child I am back to novice status.
Well, I have 5 wonderful kids and 5 difficult pregnancies, and so I have been back to the beginning 5 times. Each time I strive hard to get as far as I can before I have my next kid. So far my best PR since kids, was after #3, it is a 20:22 5K!
I have not raced farther than that since kids.
The part of running that I love is the competition part! I love to race against myself and to beat my time!
So this is my new journey...LET'S SEE HOW FAR I CAN GET!

I hesitate to put goal on my blog for I am not one that likes to FAIL!
But for all of you to know...
my goals this year are to run under 20 minutes for a 5K
and to run a half marathon in June!

My first follower says it perfect....
"Dare to Dream!"

Thanks for your support!


  1. omg, you have a 20:22 pr for a 5k, after having 5kids?! holy cow. that's is speedy fast! Dang.
    and to run under can do it

    in fact that's my goal this year too...we'll root each other on eh?;-)

  2. Well, that PR was after the it's been 4 years... but I am ready to go!

  3. I love that you've started a running blog!! It will be fun to be inspired by your running successes!!