Last week, Laura posted the question – Where were you 5 years ago?
I thought it was a really great idea to look back. I’m guilty of looking forward more often at what the next goal is going to be rather than back at where I came from.
I started to look back at where I was 5 years ago and honestly, it kind of depressed me.
I was essentially at the beginning of my running life. I had begun running more consistently rather than an occasional 3 miles here and there. It’s when I really fell in love with running.
I had already run a couple half marathons but was looking to expand my running portfolio.
5 years ago I had never run a 5k.
5 years ago I had never run a 10k.
5 years ago I had never run a 10 miler.
5 years ago I had never run more than 13.1 miles.
5 years ago I had never run a marathon.
In the past 5 years, I’ve done all of the things listed above. And more than once.
No doubt things have changed quite a bit in 5 years. I’ve had many highs and many lows. I’m a different runner. But looking back at PR’s and distances that I haven’t run in almost two years made me sad. I’m so race rusty. And training plan rusty. I’ve spent most of 2016 plan free and running whatever I wanted.
So rather than look back at where I was 5 years ago, I’d rather look back at where I was 1 year ago.
1 year ago, I was just beginning to run again after my injury from April 2015… I know that there are still a few more weeks left in 2016 but it should be noted that I have not gone to physical therapy for an injury AT ALL in 2016. That hasn’t happened in 4 years! WOOHOO!
1 year ago, I was happy to be running even if it was run/walk…Now I’m able to run for 2+ hours with no problems. And am very happy about that!
1 year ago, I had zero desire to ever enter the lottery for Mount Washington Road Race…Now I can’t wait to do it again!
1 year ago, I was so angry with my body for “failing” me at Boston…Now I’ve forgiven myself and let it go. Well, not really completely let it go. I don’t think I can ever do that. It’s a part of my history. But it doesn’t hurt as much as it did a year ago.
1 year ago, I was averaging about 5-8 miles per week of running…Now I am back to my normal, non training, 30 or so miles per week.
1 year ago, I was hungry for marathon redemption…Now I’m looking at other race distances. 50k perhaps? I know I do want to do a marathon in 2017 but the thought of running on the roads that long kind of makes me want to vomit. We’ll see.
1 year ago, I ran mostly on the roads…Now I’m happiest on the trails. Running on dirt feels so much better than pavement.
Where were you 5 years or even 1 year ago in running?