I Tri and Craft

thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist

The Year of the Races

In my younger days I ran.

I ran for fun and my health.  I loved it.  And one day I stopped.  I don’t know why, it was something that just faded away.

In the years that have passed I always thought about starting again.  Every time I would try to run at the pace and longevity that I had before.  I knew better, I knew that after a decade of not running I couldn’t pick up where I left off.  But I tried, and I failed.  So I would get discouraged and put my running shoes back in the closet.

It is different this time.

In October of 2013 I broke that habit.  I heard about the Couch to 5k program.

Before I praise the program, let me tell you something about it.  It is nothing but common sense.  This is not a negative comment about the program.  I knew I needed to start small and work my way back up, but I needed someone else to tell me how to do it.

The basic principle is that you start out by doing running and walking intervals.  You run three times a week for nine weeks.  With each run you gradually increase the time (or distance) spent running.  At the end of the 9 weeks you are able to run a distance of 5k (about 3 miles) without any walking, supposedly in 30 minutes. Giving you a pace of 10 minute miles.

So in October of 2013 I jumped on the band wagon and began to run.  Around the holidays my sister talked me into doing a race with her, a 5K.  The race also offered a 8k and a 15k race.  I decided that I knew I could do the 5k, but I didn’t know if I could complete the 8k.  So I signed up for the 8k.

I started to share my training journey with you, on this blog, in a Running Journal series.  During my training and completing my first ever race I found that I am addicted to racing.  You can follow my races and running experience by signing up for email updates.  It is also a great place to find motivation for your running journey.


2015 Race Calendar 

2016 Race Calendar

2017 Race Calendar

2018 Race Calendar

2019 Race Calendar

2020 Race Calendar  all races are canceled 

2021 Race Calendar

Dawn Marie

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