It’s My Runiversary!

One year ago today, I stepped out my front door and completed my first day of Couch to 5k. Little did I know at the time, but that day I was beginning a journey that would ignite a passion in me and change my life forever.

If you haven’t caught on by now, I have fallen head-over-heels in love with running. In a relatively short time, it has become a great passion of mine and one of my main focuses – after my family, of course! Before that fateful day one year ago, I had never run before in my life – or at least not running just for the sake of running. I played football and basketball in high school, which obviously involved plenty of running. And I suppose there were those times back in school where you had to run a mile in gym. But aside from that, I had never woken up thinking “I’d like to go for a run today”.

When I went out for that first run, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t plan on falling in love with running. At the time, it just seemed like the thing to do. I was hoping it would help me continue to lose the extra weight I was trying to shed, and let me get in some good cardio time each week, but that was really about it. I can still remember how hard those first runs were. Running for only a minute or two at a time left my lungs feeling like they were on fire, desperately in search of more oxygen. Each week I slowly built up my endurance, until I could finally run for 20 minutes straight. At the time, those 20 minutes were huge, and I felt on top of the world. It wasn’t long after that when my real attraction for running began to form, and I could see myself wanting to continue doing this for more reasons that just trying to lose some weight.

Before I knew it, I had run my first 5k. Not long after that, I was running a half marathon, and then another. Finally, in December, just 8 months after that fateful day in April that started it all, I completed my first marathon.

And now here I am today, back into the swing of things after suffering what I’d call my first “major” running injury. I’ve got my 2nd marathon lined up in June, as well as a slew of other exciting races planned for this year.

When I first started running, it was just about losing weight and getting in shape. Now, I’d consider it an essential part of my physical and mental well-being. As the saying goes “running – it’s cheaper than therapy”. It seems that no matter how bad or a stressful of a day I’ve had, I can go out for a run and come back a new man, refreshed and rejuvenated. There’s something about the simplicity of just you and the road – or trail – that’s very zen-like. It’s peaceful, calming, and immensely therapeutic.

It’s been a great first year of running, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how my relationship with running grows and evolves in the (hopefully many) years to come.

15 thoughts on “It’s My Runiversary!

  1. That’s incredible. I realize I’ve only “known” you for a year, but even then, it seems like you’ve been running for much longer than that.

    For those of us just starting out and not sure if we’ll ever develop a true runner’s passion, it’s nice to see somebody talk about how it was in the beginning.

  2. So awesome! I hope the second year is even better than the first!

  3. Happy RUNIVERSARY! Keep it up!

  4. Happy Runiversry!! I can only hope to run those distances some day. I’m a budding runner and am excited for my races this year. I may still had a Marathon in the fall depending on how my triathlon training goes.

  5. Happy runiversary!!!!! Wow, I cannot believe it’s been such a short time. Really it’s been that way for both of us because I started C25K around January 2010. My goodness. Reading your blog always encourages me. I hope this second year of running brings you new (and exciting) challenges.

    By the way, I love the new blog design. I haven’t stopped by in awhile so it may not be new but I really like it!!!

  6. Love the new layout of your blog, love the success. Very awesometastic.

  7. Missed this one, but happy belated! You are an inspiration! I am a few steps behind you, but encouraged by your ability to endure! Way to go!

  8. You’ve come a long way in a year. That’s pretty awesome. The blog is lookin fly too.

  9. Thanks Michael. Glad to hear you like the new blog design. I had been feeling the need for a facelift for a while, and finally got around to it this week.

  10. How brilliant is this post?!! Very. Congratulations on your runiversary, Brandon. I catch up on all the fun blogs on the weekend and this was easily my favorite read. Keep going, brohammer!

  11. Thanks Jim, I’m glad you enjoyed it so much – that definitely means a lot!

  12. Look at me running (get it?) behind like always. Love the new look Brandon!

    More than the look though is the ridiculously amazing year you’ve had. A year of consistency like that is about the best launching pad ever for a lifetime of success.

    Congrats on all of it! You’re the man!

  13. Thanks Ryan! Glad to hear you like the new look, means a lot coming from you! 🙂

  14. Aimee Spencer

    Happy Runiversary! Keep going : ) Wishing you miles and miles of healthy & fun miles! – Aimee

  15. I started running on April 6, 2010, for the first time in 17 years. And while I haven’t lost as much weight as you have, it’s been a great year for me, too. I’m glad to have stumbled upon your blog, and will gladly follow your continued progress. Blessings!

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