Running

After a 7 year break, I started running again in June of 2011. One day the idea to do a Couch to 5K running program popped into my head. I would love to write about how I immediately fell in love with the sport and never looked back.  The truth is, I liked it, but it hurt. At times I thought I would pass out and die before I could ever run 20 minutes straight. But, it got easier. And now I mostly like it. Except on the days that I don’t.

The last two summers I have organized a Couch to 5K training group in my small town. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I also organize a local 5k call Strides for Students. Running is sort of a big deal to me even though I’m not at all that good at it.

Here are the races I’ve done:

08/27/11 Cross Country Run (5K), Prophetstown, IL –  31-ish

09/11/11  Clinton Half Marathon 5K –  34:00. I ran this with my 7-year-old son. We ran together the whole way. He had a bad race.

9/18/11  Harvest Hammer 5K, Morrison, Illinois – 29:03

9/24/11  Canine Capers 2 mile, Clinton, Iowa: 20:18 (pushed Campbell in the jogging stroller and there was a REALLY BIG HILL in the second mile)

11/26/11 Symphony of Lights 5K – 28:03

3/23/12 Cardinal Twilight Classic 5K – 26:45

6/08/12 Run the Valley 5K, German Valley, IL – 30:00 something. Bad race. I took off too fast and couldn’t recover.

6/14/12 Polo Town and Country Days 5K, Polo, IL – 28:37 (this race was .04 long)

6/22/12 Lanark Raging Road Rally 5K, Lanark, IL – 27:58

7/4/12 Galva Freedom Fest 5K, Galva, IL – 25:30

8/10/12 – Camanche Classic 5K – 25:10, 2nd age group (really first but someone passed me in the chute. WHATEVER.)

8/25/12 – Prophetstown Cross Country 5K – 27:18, 2nd age group

9/9/12 – Clinton Half Marathon – 2:17

9/15/12 – Harvest Hammer 5K, 25:45

9/22/12 – Canine Capers 2 mile doggie dash, 19:30 (w/ stroller)

11/24/12 – Symphony of Lights 5K – 27:28

4/20/13 – Autism Awareness 5K, Bettendorf, IA – 25:21

5/18/13 – Newman High School Friends & Family 5K, Sterling, Illinois – 27:35

5/27/13 – When the Saints Go Marching In 5K, Clinton, Iowa, 28:12

6/1/13 – John 3:16 Race, Milledgeville, Illinois, 28:50 (I’m getting slower not faster…this is great!)

6/7/13 – Run the Valley 5K, German Valley, IL – 28:40 (even though I was pushing a stroller, I was faster than last week and last year on the same course)

6/13/13 – Polo Town and Country Days 5K – 28:39 (pushed Campbell in the stroller)

6/15/13 – Paul Skeffington Memorial 2 mile/5 mile – DeWitt, Iowa – 45:41

6/23/13 – Dutch Dash 5k, Tampico, Illinois – 29:01 (with stroller)

6/28/13 – Lanark Raging Road Rally, Lanark, IL – 30:something. Pushed the stroller and the hill and wind about did me in.

7/3/13 – Prophetstown Runaround 5k, Prophetstown, IL – 25:42

7/13/13 – Moonlight Chase 4 Mile – Eldridge, IA, 36:06

7/27/13 – Bix 7, Davenport, Iowa – 1:13:03

8/31/13 – Min’s Mississippi Memorial 4 Mile Run, Thomson, IL – 35:45

9/7/13 – Troop Trek, Milledgeville, Illinois – 31:something (with stroller and several stops to take photos of my friends)

9/8/13 – Clinton Half Marathon 10K, Clinton, IA1:01:30

9/14/13 – Bridge the Community 10K, Rock Falls, IL – 59:15

10/5/13 – Gigi’s Playhouse Super Hero Run, Bettendorf, Iowa – 48:59 (in costume, ran w/ friend)

10/26/13 – Ghoulish Gallop 2 Mile, Mt. Carroll, Illinois – 16:58

11/30/13 – Symphony of Lights 5K, Clinton, IA – 26:39

12/6/13 – Fulton Christmas Walk 2-Miler – 17:48

6/21/14 – Skeffington Memorial 5-Mile – 52:46

6/29/14 – Tampico Dutch Dash 5k, 26:44

7/3/14 – Prophetstown Runaround 5k, 27:53 (with stroller)

7/12/14 – Ivy Faith Memorial 5k, 29-ish? Really hot race in which I died.

8/2/14 – Albany Flame 5k, 33-ish (with stroller and an injury)

9/7/14 – Clinton Half Marathon 10k, 1:06:01 (with stroller)

9/20/14 – Harvest Hammer 5k, Morrison, IL, 24:58, 2nd age group

10/11/14 – CLS Fall Fun Run 5k, 24:22 (new P.R.!), 2nd age group

11/02/14 – Galena Lead Rush Half Marathon – 2:14:10

11/03/14 – Stan Loechtel 5k Run – 31:00 (with stroller)

11/29/14 – Symphony of Lights 5K, Clinton, IA – 27:18

12/05/14 – Fulton Illuminated 2-Mile – 16:07

12/13/14 (cool date) – Yeti Trail 5k – 28:58

5/2/15 – Steve Klooster Memorial Dutch Days 5k – 24:53

5/25/15 – Rocky Run (XC/Trail 2-miler) – 18:54

July 3, 2015 – Prophetstown 5k – 26:51

November 28, 2015 – Symphony of Lights 5k – 25:22

December 4, 2015 – Fulton 2-mile Illuminated Christmas Run – 16:32

5 thoughts on “Running

  1. Hey Jan!

    Your running start sounds much like mine, 14 years ago! I didn’t fall in love with that first step but I was (am) stubborn and kept with it and it eventually won me over. Now it’s a part of my life that I’m eternally grateful for.

    Have you figured out your 5 favourite things? 🙂

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