Ashley’s Running Story

If you have come over from Sisters, Spaces and Stuff you may already know some of this information but if you’re new then the information will be new too!  So here is the story about how I chose to start running. 

June 2012 –  A Saturday morning, Amy mentioned to me that she and a friend of ours were going to go for a run down a trail in our area.  I asked if I could come too and go for a walk while they ran- of course!  So Amy and I got there a little early and did a mile at a quick walking pace, then her and our friend set off running.  Their plan was 20 minutes out-20 minutes back… so I made my plan to walk about 15 then turn around and walk 15 back since I knew they would be running much faster than I could walk, I also didn’t want to lose sight of them…about half way down the trail my legs started to seem as if they weren’t going as fast as my mind and body wanted them to, so I revisited a Couch to 5k app from Rundouble that I had downloaded weeks prior and never got into.  I set a destination for myself and started the app…the friendly little voice said “start walking now” to begin my 5 minute warm up walk and let me tell you those 5 minutes took FOREVER!  I just wanted to run… when said friendly voice said “start running now” I was off and that minute felt great.  Next interval was approaching and so was a dreaded hill but when I heard the magic words I took the hill with stride (haha!) and made it to the top…I ended up back at the “meeting place” before Amy and I literally could not wait to tell her I did it!

The next day:   Amy and I had been doing “sister walks” on Sundays at the park by our houses and the day after I knew I wanted to keep running so I asked Amy if she would be willing to let me slow her down a bit and go for a run with her, she was totally for it and off we went.  Matt (my hubby) was with us on this day too and said the first time he saw us take off on a run he smiled he was now part of both mine AND Amy’s cheering squad. 

No longer just the audience, now I want to be part!

They now have 26 miles of running goodness on them!

 Fast-forward…… I decided my old tennis shoes were not doing the trick, they felt very heavy on my feet the days/runs following my starting days.  By the way, the first few weeks after I began running I would be so excited ALL day long to be able to run that night…the excitement has worn of a little bit at this point but I still do really enjoy going out for a run.So… I made these newbies part of my running wardrobe 

Today- I am still running 3 times a week usually every other day but sometimes I go every day.  If the weather is supposed to be really hot to the point of danger i’ll skip a run but those days I always feel like something is missing.  I have good days and bad as all of us do but I enjoy my runs and that’s what matters most!  I have a little glimmer of hope to run my first 5k at the end of August with a bunch of friends. 

I can’t wait to cross my first finish line!

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Amy’s Running Story

I have been running for a little over two years now. I truly never thought I would call myself a runner, but now, here I am, blogging about it.

It all started with my college roommate, who remains one of my very best friends. When we met, she was on the cross country team. She eventually went on to start the first running club on our campus. Although I didn’t run, she asked me to be the “pr chair” of the club, which basically meant I put together the newsletter.

Running always intimidated me, but I admired runners from a distance. One day, several years after graduating college, I decided I should give it a shot. I looked up the Couch to 5k program. For me, it worked like a charm. In the past, I had a tendency to bite off more than I could chew when it came to running. This program really gave me the opportunity to build confidence gradually.

I took my time, and, six months later, I was ready to run my first 5k.

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For me, this was one of my most exciting accomplishments. I was at a point in my life at which I needed a confidence boost, and this definitely did it for me. I was hooked.

In the 6 months that followed, I ran several more 5ks and had a great time.

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Soon enough, I decided to take this relationship to the next level. I signed up for a half marathon.

I never expected to do this. But I did. And it was awesome.

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Now, running is a huge part of my life.

I have run…

Five 5k’s.

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Two half marathons.

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In Central Park.

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With family.

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With friends.

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And lots in between! I am looking forward to all the adventures running still has in store for me…including…a marathon?

So, runners…when you look back, how did running start for you?

Summer Bucket List

Welcome to our first post on our new blog! We’re glad you’re here! As we have been blogging for the past year, we have noticed out focus begin to change, mostly to running (although this post isn’t really about running…haha). So, we figured we should change the blog along with it.

Back on the old blog, we started the summer with our Summer Bucket List.

Today, I saw a bunch of blogs’ Summer Bucket List, including Janetha’s and Tina’s (yay for some of my favorite blogs!), on the top nine on the daily buzz healthy living.

So, I figured it would be a good time to do a little recap of our summer bucket list so far.

1. Go fishing.
Hasn’t happened yet. Honestly, it’s been so horribly hot here I don’t know how much fun fishing would be lately,

2. Eat a nice dinner outside.
I’ll admit that this one was my idea. I have eaten a couple dinners outside already, but I’m not quite sure what qualifies them as “nice”. So, the jury is still out on this one.

3. Go to the zoo. Check!
The three of us knocked this one off of our list this past weekend on a trip to Milwaukee. Living in the Chicago suburbs, we have always been visitors of Brookfield Zoo. It’s a good one, but we think Milwaukee County Zoo takes the cake. We got face to face, just about literally, with a tiger and saw some lion cubs rough housing. Too cool.

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4. Go to a Milwaukee Brewers game. Check!
Checked this one off this weekend as well! It was a great game, with lots of home runs.

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5. Tour at least one brewery. Check!
This one was added to the list by the brother in law, and he now has brewery fever. We went to Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee this weekend and had an awesome time. It is a definite must-stop if you are in the Milwaukee area.

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6. Have an official picnic.
This entry was Ashley’s, and we thought we had checked it off at lunch at the zoo this weekend. However, as I look back on the original post, we said no tables allowed. So…back to the drawing board on this one.

7. Read on the beach.
I’ve got a beach date with a friend on Thursday, so this one is soon to be checked off.

8. Run a 5k with at least one friend, preferably more.
The race has been chosen. Starting to recruit people today. Yay!

9. Capture summer in a photograph.
Ashley is working on it. This one likely won’t be finalized until the end of the summer when Ashley picks from her electronic folder if greatness. 🙂

Thanks so much for checking out our first post on our new blog!

Before you leave, we want to hear about you. What have you most recently checked off your summer bucket list?