Happy Runnaversary to Me

Meditations in Motion

November 13, 2018 will be my 15-year runnaversary. It has been 15 years since I ran my first race, a 5k, in Wilmington, Delaware called E-racing the Blues. I came in third in my (45-49 year) age group and was instantly hooked on racing.

As a novice racer, I was unsure whether to pin my bib on the front or the back of my body. A kind, more experienced racer advised me to pin it on the front (“It’s not a rodeo.”) I didn’t know whether there would be bathroom facilities at the race start, so I asked my hubby, who was driving, to stop at a Dunkin Donuts before we got to Wilmington. Bill was my driver and support system for that first race, but it wasn’t long before he began racing too.

Meditations in Motion

My youngest son had left for college two months before the race, and I was at loose ends, unsure what to do with my spare time. I had spent years attending the soccer and tennis matches, wrestling meets, and baseball and football games of my three sons. When you add in time spent shuttling them to practices, participating in fundraisers, and attending academic activities, I had a big hole to fill. I moped around a lot that fall.

I had been running for 15 years by the time I ran my first race, at first by myself or with my oldest son Ryan, when I could cajole him to come out with me. When Ryan left for college, I got a running partner, a woman who played on the same volleyball team as me, and we would run the same 3-mile loop around town several times a week, talking the whole time.

When my partner got injured and stopped running, I varied the route and increased my distances, sometimes even running twice in one day, just because I loved the way it made me feel – clean, strong and accomplished. But I still didn’t feel the need to race until my nest was completely empty.

Meditations in Motion

After I started racing, I began widening my circle of running friends. This, for me, was the best part of running. I joined the Lancaster (PA) Road Runners Club (we do trail runs, too), a group I have found to be welcoming, informative, and just plain fun.

Meditations in Motion

Some of my running friends began inviting Bill and me to travel to races. The picture above shows a group of us before the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in Washington D.C. We had done Ukrop’s 10k in Richmond, VA on SaturdayΒ (where Bill PR’d), then the Cherry Blossom on Sunday (where he PR’d again!)

Meditations in Motion

This picture is from a trip we took to South Dakota, which is surprisingly beautiful, by the way, to run an all-women’s marathon, Leading Ladies’. The woman in the cowboy hat is the race director, a feisty, funny and generous person, Elaine Doll-Dunn. I think the five of us laughed the entire trip, including when someone tried to break into our hotel room at 2:00 a.m. We called ourselves “The Good Girls in the Badlands“.

Here are my stats from the past 15 years. I have run

  • 1 two-mile race
  • 83 five Ks
  • 1 six K
  • 4 four-milers
  • 30 five-milers
  • 32 10Ks
  • 6 seven-milers
  • 1 14K
  • 5 15Ks
  • 21 10-milers
  • 1 20K
  • 51 half marathons
  • 5 25Ks
  • 2 metric marathons (26.2K)
  • 1 20-miler
  • 26 full marathons
  • 1 50K
  • 3 three-hour timed races
  • 3 six-hour timed races
  • 1 marathon relay
  • 1 50-mile relay
  • 1 24-hour relay
  • 1 triathlon

Meditations in Motion

What these statistics don’t show are the wonderful memories I have had over the last 15 years, the close friendships I have formed, the moments of triumph and wonder I have lived because I began racing. They don’t show all the little hills I have gritted my teeth and run up over the years, and the big ones, too. They don’t show the beautiful canyons I have run through, the waterfalls, or the ice-covered streams.

The finish lines of the races I ran have seen me holding hands with Bill, raising my arms overhead in exultation, and shedding tears of exhaustion. I would not trade it for the world.

I hope I get to race for another 15 years!

I am linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5, Patty, Erika and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Running on Happy, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs Β for Coaches’ Corner linkup, Nicole and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Shank You Very Much for Dream Team.

 

 

 

 

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76 comments

  1. I was just looking back at my most about my first race – a 5K in 2001! I love how much running has brought into my life — the people I’ve met and the places I’ve seen. Definitely things I didn’t expect when i first laced up my Nike Shox!

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    • Yes. I was thinking about that too, as I was going through my bibs to compile the list – the people and places that have come into my life through racing! πŸ™‚

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  2. That’s remarkable that you can list all of the races you’ve done. You might be the only person I know who is more obsessed with running than me. Happy runversary. My own runversary was a couple of days before my senior year of high school. I challenged myself to run a three mile loop around my neighborhood. If I could make it, I would go out for XC. I made it, but I limped around for 2 weeks on calves so stiff I thought my muscles would snap.

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    • Haha! Thanks for the story, Jeff. I save all of my bibs, so to compile the list, I had to go through each one of my bibs from the last 15 years. It was a fun trip down memory lane. There were a few half marathons I did that didn’t use bibs (The Nittany Valley half in State College is one). I had to guesstimate how many of those I did.

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  3. Wow 26 marathons! How fun to go down memory lane with you!

    I remember my first race ( a 5k), I pinned my race bib way to high up on my shirt. No one told me any different and I didn’t realize how silly it looked till I saw the race pictures afterwards. I learned my lesson!

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  4. What a list of statistics you have compiled for us Laurie! Happy Runnaversary to you and many more – in fact, may we read about your 30-year Runnaversary here in this forum. P.S. – no wonder you have accumulated so many tee-shirts!

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      • God willing you will still be running and I’ll be reading your “runnaversary” post as well. I imagine you have a lot of bibs, just like the tee-shirts. I was smiling when I read about you not knowing how to don the race bib. I was in my first 5K last year and the coordinator handed me the tee-shirt and a bib with the chip and I had to look around me as I had no idea where to put it either. I guess I had never seen a picture of runners or walkers in a race. This 5K was for both runners and walkers.

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  5. That’s quite an impressive resume’!! Gosh, I wonder how many 5K’s I have racked up over the years? Not because they’re my favorite distance, but they seem to be the most readily-available distance. Congrats on a great journey!!!!

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  6. Congrats! I think it’s amazing you can give stats like that on all the races you’ve ran. When I first started racing I used to keep the bibs and wrote down my time on the back but that fell by the wayside and I eventually threw them out. Here’s to many more years of running and racing for you!

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