I’ve been writing in this blog since 2008. When it started, it wasn’t a running blog. It wasn’t even magmilerunner.com. It was just a … “this is what’s going on in my life” blog. Which I guess it still sort of is, I just focus a lot on the running part of it.

My first post about running was on January 17, 2009. And wouldn’t you know, it was about how I preferred running outside, in the cold and the snow, over the treadmill. I guess some things don’t change. (My second post about running came almost a year later.)

So, what’s happened in the four years since my first running post?

I started training for my first half marathon. During week four of half marathon training, I wrote: So far this year, I have run 22.85 miles. Not too bad.

Four weeks into half marathon training, and I had run an average of fewer than 6 miles per week? Yikes. Looking at Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Half Marathon training plan (which I assume I was following), I should have ran close to 50 miles total by that point. Even when I’m not actively training for a race, I try to hit at least 20 miles/week. It’s safe to say that I’ve kicked it up a notch.

I survived my first half marathon (barely). Since then I have run:

  • 17 5K’s
  • 7 more half marathons (including one that was 55 minutes faster than my very first half)
  • 1 full marathon
  • 9 other races between 5K and half marathon

That makes 34 races total.

I got over my nerves and showed up at group runs and joined a running club. I’ve made tons of great running friends in the past couple years.

I’ve achieved things I didn’t think I could (most of my PR’s, and running a freaking marathon).

Sometimes I wonder why the heck I keep this blog at all. (Really, who cares?) Many days, I feel like it is mostly just for me, to look back on what I’ve done. Although I could certainly document this stuff in a journal (and I’m trying to get better about writing in my paper journal more often) or through private documents on Google Drive. But it’s also fun to share the journey with others.

How did your running journey begin? (Mine began when Vera suggested I sign up for a local half marathon to motivate me to stick to running.)

Why did you decide to start blogging? (I just like to connect with people online, I guess. I started my first blog in October 2000 when I was a college freshman.) 

Scenic 5K

Don’t know if this was 2005 or 2006, but it’s one of the very first races we ever did. We ran a local 5K on Labor Day. And then we didn’t do another race until 2010.