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Monday, November 1, 2010

It's my 1st RUNniversary!

Exactly one year ago, on November 1, 2009, without even planning it,  without really thinking about it, I laced up my sneakers and ran.

I remember doing some mild stretching and then bolted...seriously BOLTED at probably 4:30 min/km.  I know, I know... it's stupid!  I was so clueless at that time.

I didn't know you were supposed to start off with a slow jog before actually picking up the pace.  I just knew I wanted to run.  I ran as fast as I could for 1.3 kilometers.  My heart felt like it was going to burst out of my chest.  That was so weird of me to start my running career with some speedwork!  Hilarious!

So when I got home I started reading some articles online about running.  (Duh!  I really should've done that before actually running, right?).  Wow!  Up to this day I cannot believe how clueless I was.  I didn't know a lot of things.  All I knew back then was that I was in love.  I guess it's that way when you're in love.  You sometimes do the stupidest things until you learn.

I even got injured about a month after I started coz I was so addicted to running, I increased my mileage "too much, too soon".  But I have learned a lot from my mistakes and actually that was what prompted me to start a blog.  You'll never know when another clueless newbie runner like myself would chance upon my blog and learn to NOT to do what I did in the beginning. Ha!

So much has happened in one year.  I can't help but feel a little regretful that I just discovered this wonderful sport now.  I'm not as young as I used to be.  I could've achieved a lot had I started early.  But I still have time.  LOTS of it, God-willing.

Let's see what I have achieved so far...

Race Events Joined: 14 (3 x 5K / 3 x 10K / 1 x 15K / 1 x 16K / 4 x 21K / 2 x aquathlons)
Out of Town Races: 2
Out of the Country Races: 1
Running Shoes Used: 4
Total Mileage: 1,074Km (671.25miles)

These stats don't even measure up to the things that are really of value to me -- what I actually gained, from the friendships to the lessons learned -- IMMEASURABLE! 

Made by my two Mikes

It's day 1 of my Project 30 Days of Thanks I am specifying below the things I am thankful for my 1st year or running:

  • I want to thank each and every runner who helped me this whole year.  You know who you are!
  • I want to thank all my bloggie friends.  I've learned so much from just reading your posts.
  • I want to thank my readers -- for all your wonderful comments.  I hope I was able to help, inspire, motivate, inform and/or entertain you somehow.
  • I want to thank all my twitter followers and Facebook contacts for putting up with all my running updates. Haha!
  • Lastly, I want to thank the finest coach and best pacer, our God almighty, who gave me these two wonderful legs, paired with a strong heart and willful mind so that I could continue to do what I love to do - Run.

In 5 weeks, I will be doing my very first full marathon.  I believe I have waited long enough and trained well enough.   I am going to run like I've never ran before.  I am going to finish strong.  And then...only then will the REAL celebration begin.  Woohoo!

I promise to share all the juicy details with you.  Not everything that happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas, you know! :p

‎"The beauty of running is its simplicity; the beauty of runners is that we all have a similar drive to improve. We are either trying to run a personal best, or toeing the line for the first time, which will snowball into a future of trying to run personal bests. We road racers are a tight community of mileage-happy, limit-pushing athletes." -- Deena Kastor


  1. I want to run the Vegas RnR but I couldn't bring myself to pay that ridiculous entrance fee! Maybe next year? I pretty much have my 2011 race calendar all figured out and Vegas is penciled in there tentatively.

  2. What an eventful year. Here's to another year of running!

  3. Happy Runniversary.


    Way to go.

  4. congrats to you hotlegs! :)

    does it follow that, a few more months, etc, one year na rin ang friendship natin? :)

    hoping to see you soon! good luck with your first FM! :)

  5. Awesome! I had no idea you have never run a full before - BEST OF LUCK TO YOU! I know you will do great, and I can't wait to hear about all of the "juicy details." I am running my first half in early 2011 so your posts should be really motivational to me! ;)

  6. Congrats Lady! You've done SO much in your 1st year running! Cheers to you and the year of running ahead.

  7. happy runniversairy! how exciting and awesome. here's to many more years of running :)

  8. Congratulation. I'm sure many more will follow.

  9. Your story is amazing, showing how determined you are though you learned the proper discipline later. I am not a runner myself, but I'm even inspired by your story. Keep it up. Congrats and more power! :)

  10. I happy to be the first to comment on this post and to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    What an accomplishment, and remember we all started somewhere and we all plan to cross our own finish line in our own way.

    And yes, celebrate it and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

    I am excited for you and your first marathon. That is going to be a great race report.

    Thanks for starting the blog and keeping such a great site going.

  11. Happy Happy Happy Runniversary!!

  12. What a great first year! And in three weeks yet another milestone, best of luck!

  13. You've come far in a short time. Happy runnerversary!

  14. Thanks!! It's still a work in progress. I'm going to add some more things, but since it's an actual html layout/background it takes me longer to add things haha!

  15. Love this post!! Can't wait to celebrate my runniversary. I love the idea of God being your running coach. My running time is my best prayer time - just one more reason I love to run :-)

  16. Woo Hoo! Congrats on 1 year! It's Vegas Baby!

  17. Congratulations and happy runiversary! :D

  18. wow what an amazing first year of running, you did a ton!!

  19. Hi Julie,
    Happy Running Anniversary!! I like you, became addicted last year too! I also started to run too much at the end of the season and ended up hurting my hip...big time:) Live and learn! Cheers to many more years of running!

  20. Hi Julie!

    Happy Anniversary! :D I LOVE HOW you really took care of your blog! And your legs :)

    Keep it up! :)


  21. Wow, happy RUNniversary! (I like that term :D) Here's to more fruitful kilometers ahead! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Happy Runniversary Julie!

    keep on inspiring...

  23. Congratulations! I can't remember the first time I ran but I know I wasn't in love. It took time and and a lot of miles for me to figure out what works for me and what doesn't and how to make it all enjoyable. Here is to another good year of running! :)

  24. One year – Congrats. I’m in the same boat – Wished I discovered this running thing earlier in life, but better now then never. Besides, it only gets better with age. My good friend is 67 and still running ultra marathons!
    Good luck with your upcoming marathon – Like your first year running, the first is the most memorable.

  25. makes me think about the time i also started running. it's been years, and i will never regret any moment.

  26. happy runniversary hotlegs! congratulations and all the best on your 1st marathon!

  27. Congratulations! 1 Year and counting! There is plenty time for you to reach many running goals.


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