OK, as Narcissistic as that sounds – today it’s true! I’m all about helping other runners to stay motivated – but today is a special day for me! It’s my Streak Anniversary! Today, I’ve been running 28 years without missing a day!
It’s really hard for me to believe that it’s been that many years since I’ve not run. There are days when it seems like just yesterday when I started my streak – and then there are days when it seems like forever! :-)
This year has been one of the hardest for me. I’ll admit (don’t hate me for this) – but I’ve gone all this years without a serious injury. Just a little glitch here or there along the way. Since January, it seems like it’s been one thing after another. Plantar Fasciitis, Periformis, and now a little ankle thing is going on.
But, I keep stretching and lacing up those shoes each day. When I get a little down about the injuries this year – my hubby reminds me that I’ve run a lot of years without anything serious. And, he’s right. So, I’m thankful for each and every run!
Now, I’ve never been a super fast runner. I do have a PR of 3:36 for the marathon – and I’m extremely proud of that. I’ve broken 4 hours in several marathons – but, truthfully, it may never happen again. As I’ve gotten into my mid-50′s, I realize that it’s more important to keep out there running than to keep trying to be faster and faster and risk possible serious injury. So, I’ll just keep plugging along – and if my next marathon is 5+ hours – I’ll be OK with that!
And I know that I’ve never had the best form out there. As you can see in the above picture – my elbows stick out. My dad always used to say he knew when I was coming…….all he had to do was watch the elbows of the runners. Oh, well. And, I’m a heel striker. Maybe not the most efficient form – but as I’ve said before – it’s worked for me all these years. I’m not going to change now.
My favorite places to run (and race) is at the beach. Virginia Beach has some of the best races out there. The Shamrock Marathon in April is a great race. The Rock And Roll Half Marathon in September is one of my favorite races also. A funny story about the Shamrock – look closely at the picture below. See the blood on the knee. One year I took a tumble at the half way point. A bloody knee wasn’t going to stop me!
My absolute favorite race that I’ve ever run is the Anthem Bay Bridge Marathon in Virginia Beach. They only had that race for a year or two – I’m sure for logistic reasons. If you’ve ever been to that area – you know that there are the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and tunnels. (And, anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to run bridges!) In this Marathon – they bussed you out to the start and then you ran back to town. It was beautiful. You watched the sun rising over the ocean as you were running over the bridge. Loved that race! I’m sorry that it had to end!
Through the years – I’ve raced at all different distances – 5K’s, 8K’s, 10K’s, 10 milers, 15 milers, half marathons and marathons. But, now, I really don’t do anything shorter than 10 milers. I really don’t enjoy speedwork anymore. So, I’ll just keep running the longer distances. Believe it or not – I really enjoy them better!
I couldn’t have run this many years without the support of my wonderful hubby. He doesn’t have a problem when I have to get up to run at 3 or 4 in the morning when there are things going on. He knows that when we are out of town – that the run is going to happen (and that all hotels that we stay in need to have a fitness center). He doesn’t have a problem with me planning a trip to a road race in Florida every winter to escape the cold weather. My hubby is definitely a keeper!
My hubby and I after the Bay Bridge Marathon in Virginia Beach several years ago.
Sorry that I’ve gone on and on about myself! But, I’ve had people ask me questions about my running and how I got to where I am now. So, I hope that this post helps. And, to possibly help some of you to become streakers yourself!