I've been meaning to get new shoes for a while now. I kept saying it - but never did it. I realized this week I've had my Asics for a year. I bought them the week before my first couch to 5k class.
Those shoes have taken me over 250 miles, 50 lost pounds, personal training, 30 day shreds, and a few tears.
Those first few weeks of running were AWESOME. I never dreamed I could run a block or more. After the 'Ooo shiny!' wore off, I knew I had to find inspiration elsewhere to help me stick with it. Enter the running blogosphere.
There was a Friday night when a bunch of Mike's friends were over. I was cruising around the Internet, only half-heartedly listening to their conversations. I decided to see if there were any running blogs out there - having had such great experiences with knitting blogs when I was starting with the yarn.
I think I found Tall Mom on the Run as my second or third blog. I recognized some of the pictures in her sidebar as a trail by my in-laws house, and loved her big smile on her pictures. I kept reading. I found race reports, the archive, and became immersed in reading pretty much her entire blog. Mike's friends were teasing me for being so focused on the computer - but I couldn't help it. Her posts and quotes were exactly what I needed then.
A few weeks after that, I approached the tall lady with big smile at the Run Like a Mother book signing I went to - "Are you tall mom?!" It was such a fan girl moment - how much would I creep her out?
Ten months later, I start half marathon training with a plan that 'tall lady' built for me. I have the support of other bloggers I found in the days after I found Tall Mom… a support system I never would have dreamed of.
One year after I started running, I'm ready for the next journey.
13.1 here I come.