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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

One Year

One year ago, today, I started running. I ran 9/10 of a mile in 15 minutes and thought I was going to pass out. I almost did. It took me a good hour to recover enough to stand up and make dinner for my family. No kidding.

Today I got up at 6AM and ran 5.65 miles in about 4 inches of snow; I was dodging snowplows, slipping down the hills, wishing I had windshield wipers for my face, and enjoying my morning at a leisurely pace. I got home, cleared off Dallas' car and switched the car seats around so he could take my jeep down to school. I made a scrambled egg and toast breakfast for my babies, ate, and then hopped in the shower to start my day.

I'm not even the same person anymore, and in so many more ways than just being able to run without fainting. I'm stronger mentally, more driven and ambitious. I set goals, and I accomplish them. I enjoy quiet moments by myself and I don't need anyone else by my side encouraging me because I've learned how to be my own cheerleader. I can do hard things.

Running has made me a better person. I'm so grateful.

Thank you, Katie Nelson, for suckering me into running the Wasatch Back Ragnar one year ago.


Tracie said...

Amy... you are just amazing all the way around. What else can I say. You amaze and inspire me and I love you. Keep up the great work of just being who you are... cause who you are rocks!

Trent and Whit said...

Wow. It's amazing what can happen in a year. You are an incredible person, Amylee. You inspire me!

marciea casselman said...

I am glad that you have found such enjoyment and satisfaction from running. I used to feel exactly the same way. Now that my friend has moved I stay inside and do videos or the elliptical.
I have to say that I don't miss the cold.

Nate, Cami and Crew said...

Love you!!! I am proud of your accomplishments. I was amazed at how fast your running improved. You are my inspiration.

sNick said...

You captured perfectly a lot of things I have felt, but would have had a hard time putting into words. You really are amazing. One thing that I think puts running above almost any other form of exercise is it's rawness. It's you and the ground. It's a battle of will. There's nothing to think about except moving forward. It's simple, and yet it adds dimension to your life.

And yes, I love the Garmin. I hesitated for a long time because I didn't want to add complexity to a simple sport, but I love, love, love it. It is pushing me, and making me stronger. And yes, we definitely should do a race together, though I have a ways to go before I catch up to your speed. :) Keep rockin' it.

Jen and Chase said...

You are amazing Amy! Keep it up!

Amber said...

Wow, really? I had no idea that running could help so much. I have intentions of starting myself, but I'm scared. Maybe you could be my cheerleader until i have the strength to do it alone.

Erin said...

One year ago already? You are my motivator. I started running four months ago and I already LOVE the way I feel. Keep on inspiring me!

Mindy Kohler said...

I owe Kaite a million thanks too. I never would have stuck with running if she hadn't suckered me into the Wasatch Back and now YOU push me to push myself.

Can't wait until Del Sol!!!