Happy (Running) Birthday To Me!

One year ago, I ran my first 5K.

My brother knew I was trying to get healthy and bullied convinced me to run a tiny 5K in his town. I had just quit smoking. I was underweight and completely out of shape. I’d just begun my self-titled Project Peach Cadet, but hadn’t been at it more than a week or two. And I most certainly was not a runner.


I had to stop to walk several times, got a stitch in my side, felt overheated by mile 1 and was about as speedy as a hippopotamus on Valium.  That day I finished way behind my brother AND my 8-year-old nephew (ouch, my pride) with a humbling time of 38:50.

Even so, I refused to let that disappointing experience stop me.

I kept training hard. 

I found CrossFit and there I met other runners (yay for Bertie!) who encouraged me to run races with them. 


I did a team relay race. In a neon green tutu.

I did my first ever trail run.


I did 5Ks in the cold. In the heat. In the rain.


I ran a race at midnight on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2013. 



I ran my first 10K in 90+ degree summer heat. In the winter, I totally ran a 15K for the chocolate.  

And finally, last month I completed my. first. half. marathon. WHOA.


If you had told the gasping, winded, out of shape 2012 version of me that a year later I’d be able to run the very same race sub-30 minutes, I’d have laughed my ass off.

Except that today, I did run the very same race. And I finished in 29:44.

I did it.

Happy Birthday to me.

5K 2012-2013

Goals for this year:  improve my speediness and do another half marathon – this time sub-2hrs. 

To my running readers, holler if you have any advice on speed training. All help is welcome.  :) 


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Happy (Running) Birthday To Me!

11 Responses

  1. Congratulations on your amazing time! I’m reading this as I get ready to go out on a long run and now I’m inspired :) speed training has always confused me, but I want to start working on some for my August race. Lets figure it out together!

    Samantha Brinn Merel April 21, 2013 at 8:39 am #
    • Thank you! Hope your run was great! :) As for speed training, all I’ve found so far are suggestions to do : HIIT training, inclines, sprints, and/or strength training. Let me know if you come across anything interesting/useful! :)

      50Peach April 22, 2013 at 9:28 am #
  2. I am so very impressed. Walking with your pictures above, and that line “I did 5Ks in the cold. In the heat. In the rain”, is so totally inspirational! Congratulations on so much improvement! :)

    medium success April 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #
    • *blush* thank you, hon.

      50Peach April 22, 2013 at 9:41 am #
  3. Muy. Eenh. and YAY! While reading, I did a horrific happy dance in my chair. Much <3 from the LEFT.

    Nette April 22, 2013 at 1:57 am #
    • I bet your happy dance was adorable. Love returned from the RIGHT! xo

      50Peach April 22, 2013 at 9:47 am #
  4. Congratulations on a successful year–and wishing you many more healthy, speedy years.

    Bertie April 22, 2013 at 10:20 am #
    • Bertie, thank you for being my inspiration. You kicked off this year’s growth with the tutu race and continued to help me with all your encouragement and support. You rock my face. xox

      50Peach April 22, 2013 at 11:08 am #
  5. I have no advice on speed training. But I love you and know you can do it! That counts, right?

    Stacie April 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm #
    • It TOTALLY counts. Love you back, Stacie!

      50Peach April 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm #
  6. That is such a tremendous improvement in one year!! Congrats! I can’t wait to hear about your next race!

    Michelle Longo May 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

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