Running and Races
Running and Races
My running career did not begin until the end of my senior year of high school. I actually was a swimmer for 11 years; practicing 6 days a week for about 3 hours a day, an enormous commitment! Longer distance events, such as the 200, 500, and 1650 free were my favorite races. However, in February of my senior year, I was beyond sick of swimming and quit! I was not planning to swim in college and was ready to start something different….
And this is where RUNNING comes in!
It has taken me about three years to reach the level I am at, and my best advice for any new runners is to stick with it! I was soooo slow when I first began, but gradually built up my endurance and am now in love with the sport, and run on my school’s cross country team.
I have participated in a number of 5ks, a few 10ks, one half-marathon, a few sprint triathlons, and one olympic distance triathlon. Every single one of these were their own special experience, and every time I finish a race, the accomplished feeling I get is truly amazing. If anyone is contemplating running their first 5k, I say…GO FOR IT!
|Cross Country Home Meet- 9/2010|
Here are my best times for each of the distances I have completed,
5k- 19:58, UMASS cross country meet, September 2010
10k- 43:34, Market Square Day Run- Portsmouth, July 2010
4 Mile- 26:51, New Years Day Wicked Frosty Four- Salem, January 2011
5 Miles- 33:50, Turkey Trot- Salem, November 2010
Half-Marathon- 1:36- Salem, September 2011
I also ran a “Mud Run” which was a 10k distance, battling through mud pits, jumping over walls, wading through ponds, and various other obstacles. It was one of the most fun experiences i have ever had!
*Update- I am not signed up for any races right now as I am taking a bit of a step back from running! About a month ago I found out I had very low iron and thus my running has felt like a sincere burden lately. As I work to get my Iron levels back up, I won’t be taking on any serious running challenges, as I physically am unable to.
Once everything is restored… well who knows that 2012 will bring