A Year of Running

Several of my friends did races {running} this weekend. I hadn’t signed up for any special St. Patrick’s Day themed races because I couldn’t find any that sounded really awesome. I could have run a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon if I live in another state, because there were several occurring yesterday.

But just because I wasn’t racing, didn’t mean that I couldn’t dress-up my run for the occasion. I put on some funky green socks, my green Team Sparkle Skirt, and my green Team Sparkle visor for my training run around my neighborhood.

No race for me today. But that doesn't mean that I can't do my training run in a green @runTeamSparkle skirt and fun socks? This is kind of an anniversary run of an anniversary run for me! #teamsparkle

I don’t usually wear my Sparkle Skirts out on my neighborhood runs, so I got “lots” of attention while running. With my work schedule, I try to fit in my runs when I can. Because I had missed some mileage in the past few days, I was doubling up, and attempting to do six miles. I ended up doing a little over five. I was ok with the five, because it was starting to get a bit warm outside while I was running. Along the way, I had several people wish me “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and even had someone scream at me from a car….cough cough…Heather!

Running on St. Patrick’s Day was somewhat of a RUN-niversary! Looking back to 2008-2009, I was running frequently, and doing about a race a month. And then work stress, and odd schedules changed things. I slacked on my runs, and workouts. And basically hit bottom. I had done some 5K runs here and there, but I really didn’t “train” for them.

Finished the @bookthatevent #leprechaun5k earlier. A picture of @according2kelly, me, and @elisewallace in our @runTeamSparkle skirts.Kelly, Me, and Elise

Last March, I signed up for the Leprechaun Leap 5K in Tustin. My friends were doing it, and I got super excited to dress-up for the race. It was raining when the race started, and I ran slow. At the end of the race, I looked at my finish time and was overly saddened. I finished at almost 40 minutes. Looking back at that photo above, I am still overly saddened. I looked like a mess. And probably felt like one too, I can’t remember.

After that race, I decided to start running and working out again. I had to “hit bottom” to realize that I was blessed with really bad genetics and an awful metabolism. I gain weight super easy. I know that I have to work out to maintain/lose weight. There is not really an option. But life does get in the way sometimes, and then I get lazy. I finished the month of March 2012, with 15 miles clocked in at the gym. At the end of April 2012, I had 75 miles logged into my DailyMile account. Each month, I began accruing more and more mileage.

Life Is Better When You're Running

In May, I decided to sign-up for my first half marathon, The Long Beach Half Marathon, which was occuring in October. My friend, Casey suggested Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Plan, and I plotted all of my runs out on a calendar. I completed the LB Half without dying, and since that race, I’ve completed three other half marathons, a few 5K races, and even my first 10K race.

A Year of Running

I want to seriously thank Team Sparkle {Kelly, Carrie, and Elise} for all of the motivation and inspiration. These super fast crazy girls make me want to do more, and run faster! I want to give a bit of credit to my all the running gear that I have acquired. It is sorta taking over my house.

Enough rambling now, I thought I would post a March 2012 to March 2013 comparison. I’ve only lost about 15 pounds from all of this crazy running. But obviously, you can tell that I’ve acquired more muscle, etc.

Proof is in the photos!

March to March Comparison, Running

Yes, I’m still training for more races. After I figure out my calendar this week, I’ll write a post with my upcoming races, etc. because people always seem to ask. Also, I have no idea what I’m even doing tomorrow, let alone, racing…

A Year From Now

9 comments
Janice - Fitness Cheerleader
Janice - Fitness Cheerleader

Congrats on an awesome year of running!! I love your sparkle skirt! Rebecca sent your contact info to me, and I'll responding soon. Ragnar isn't really up to me, as they recruited myself and the other 3 girls in my van, and offered us free entry, hotel etc and then matched us up with another van of 6 people. However, I will be contacting them to see if they'll extend their hospitality to you because we would love to have you and your awesome sparkle skirt on our team!

Naomi
Naomi

Congratulations Julie! You are an inspiration to us all!

RunFastMama
RunFastMama

Congrats on your one year RunAversary! You are a ROCKSTAR!

Traci Landry
Traci Landry

You are a true inspiration story Julie. You have come a long way and look amazing!

Angie
Angie

I have absolutely LOVED reading all of your running posts over the past year! Congrats on the new lifestyle and know it's a motivator for some of us readers. I've been off and on of the running bandwagon (mostly because I live in Ohio and refuse to push a stroller through the snow) but a Disney race may just be the motivation I need :) Again, congrats and sparkle on!

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Good for you Julie! I wish I had the motivation to just start walking at this rate. :(

Megan
Megan

go, Julie, go!! Im totally proud of how far you have come this year! Youre a rockstar and way inspiring :)

Jamie
Jamie

What an inspiration!!! I love all the sparkle, the smiles, and the miles. I feel off the bandwagon and was recently hitting my own rock bottom but I am on my way back up, and I will certainly sparkle my way there!

Kristi
Kristi

You look amazing and even better, you sound super happy and healthy! Keep it up!