My Running Manifesto
I was looking over my stats on Nike Plus after my 8 mile run yesterday, I missed my Runniversary!!! I tracked my first run on Nike Plus on September 14, 2012. I “ran” 0.78 miles in 15:01, with an average pace of 19:07/mile. I had tried running before then but I count this as my anniversary because it marks the beginning of my consistent and dedicated effort to be a runner.
According to Nike Plus I’ve logged 346.81 miles since then. I’ve run for 86:32:25 and burned nearly 33,000 calories.
According to dailymile I’ve logged 375.64 miles, this is probably due to discrepancies in the Nike Plus GPS. I’ve burned 14 lbs, powered 73.86 televisions, and burned 273.38 donuts. I love the way they measure!
I’ve run 6 – 5Ks, Bay to Breakers (12K), 2 half marathons and several virtual races that I did as part of my training runs. I’ve lost two toenails and have healed from a quad strain. I have to say I’m pretty damn proud of myself for accomplishing this. With a lot of hard work and determination I’ve been able to get myself to this point. I have a 10K and three half marathons scheduled before Thanksgiving, I also have a virtual race and there’s always the possibility of a 5K or 2 to throw in for good measure. I already have races scheduled for January, February, April, June, and July of 2014 scheduled. And of course there will be more races to sign up for once 2014 begins.
In the summer of 2009 at the peak of my BIG flare, I had days when I could barely move. That was the year I was hospitalized for 3 days with pneumonia, I found out later that the pneumonia was combined with the H1N1 flu virus. There was one day that summer when I couldn’t move my body at all, all I could move initially were my eyeballs, even my hair hurt. That day I HAD to get up so I willed myself and basically flung my body out of bed.
In past years, I had intended to walk a half marathon, I signed up twice with Team In Training. Both times I ended up with injuries that prevented me from even beginning the training in earnest. I’ve had severe plantar fasciitis in both feet. I had to wear a walking boot cast for six weeks, including while I slept, once on each foot. One of the orthopedic doctors that saw me for the plantar fasciitis told me I would never be able to train for an endurance event, he nearly laughed at me when I told him that I wanted to be able to walk 13.1 miles. My rheumatologist agreed with him and advised against an endurance event and recommended trying a different activity – they always tell me to swim and I always tell them I don’t know how.
I often see or hear the question “Why do you run?” Here’s my answers:
- I run because I remember that day in 2009 and I don’t want to take for granted the progress that I’ve made not only in the severity of my conditions but in my management of them. It’s been a very emotional process.
- I run because I don’t take my body for granted.
- I run because I never know if my conditions will worsen and I won’t be able to run anymore.
- I run because I can prove to the doctors that told me I would never complete an endurance event that they can tell me no and that I will tell them “watch me”.
- I run because it’s helped tremendously to reduce my pain levels and reduce my morning stiffness.
- I run because it gives me an outlet to maintain the sanity that I have managed to hold on to.
- I run because I enjoy it.
- I run because I’ve learned to love it.
- I run because I’ve come to need it.
- I run because I can.