This is my second, yes, my second year running. I can’t hardly believe this huge milestone. I’ve been running consistently and continue to push my physical, mental, and emotional boundaries.
As mention in my first year running anniversary post.
This post isn’t to boast or get attention. My main goal is not inspire you. But to show with facts what practice and consistency can help you achieve. It’s not easy and will require hard work. But once you have reap the rewards, you won’t regret it.
A year later after I wrote that, I stand by every single word.
There were ups and downs. You know, like everything in life.
In case you aren’t familiar with my blog or me: I won’t sugar coat anything. I won’t just show you my highlights. I will show you the pain, the agony, defeat, and the sweet taste of the victory!
I ran my first marathon distance! Woooo!! I’m that excited because I never thought it was possible. Before I started running, I was severely over weight (like 30lbs overweight). I had poor eating habits and crappy health.
- I Ran My First Half Marathon
How I Ran My First Half Marathon – detailed story on how I got there!
Let’s Run Another 60 Miles in a Single Month – yup, again!
Let’s Run 70 Miles In A Month – hell yeah!
Today, I live in the South East of the United States. My scenery has changed. My weekday runs consist of running a lap around a beautiful lake. I’m privileged to have such a gorgeous view.
- Calms down my chatty mind
- Helps my body be one with nature
- Soothes my soul.
First Official 5K
It deserves its own section. I forgot to write a blog post about it. But all is not lost! I tweet it about it. I got some pretty good responses. Oh yeah, I got pics.
Pics or didn’t happen!
— Jose Gonzalez (@JoseGonz321) March 29, 2017
The rest is history 🙂
The good news is that there wasn’t any major injuries.
The bad news is that I wasn’t consistent during some months. I didn’t track all my miles for the rest of 2016. I didn’t have a working phone, and then I broke it completely.
Even without a phone or tracking my runs, I continued my running journey.
January was an awful month. I think I ran for a total of four times. Yes, four times for approximately 3.50ish miles each run. That means 15-20 miles for January.
That was just awful!
No, biggie. I made it up next couple of months.
- February: 60 miles
- March: 50 miles
- April: 60 miles
- May: 60 miles (and my half marathon)
The Road Ahead
My mantra and schedule have not changed.
Run every other day
Run one day at the time
Run one mile at the time
Run one block at the time
Run step at the time
I’m glad I accomplished my milestone of running an official 5K. I can check that off my bucket list.
I’ll continue to run for funsies.
We’ll talk about it more when we celebrate the 3rd anniversary.
But this is about YOU
I have shown you with facts. I’ve used my very own experience that an out of shape software developer can run and continue to run.
Ups and downs are part of the journey. A little practice goes a long way.
If I did it, you can do it too!
C’mon, what are you waiting for? Start running today!
Do you need further convincing? I got something coming made specially just for you.