Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy Runniversary

Chick Fil A 5k 2010

Every year, the Chick Fil A 5k in Memphis comes around and it makes me feel a little sentimental (something I am not usually inclined to). It is the race the celebrates my 'Runniversary'.

You see, 3 years ago this race was the first one I ever participated in. I remember talking to a good friend and saying "My goal is to run the whole thing and not stop until the finish line." I decided to take up running after I had my second child. I love routine so running schedules and goals were right up my alley! I still remember it felt like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, I believe it is what keeps me grounded. I felt accomplished, relieved (as you can tell from the pic- I looked pooped!), and proud. I don't even think it has gotten 'easier' I think I have learned that I can set higher goals for myself and work towards them. Running has helped me believe in myself. 

Although I have completed 2 marathons since then, I will never forget what it felt like to complete my first 5k. Who knew that after that race I would be hooked and that running would take me for a ride that I never expected and am forever grateful for?
Chick Fil A 5k 2011

I have learned so much about myself and about running in the last three years and I cannot imagine what life would be without it now. Running has introduced me to some amazing people and a community that I am so glad to be a part of. I am very lucky to have found it. So, even though I considered not running it this year, I was encouraged by my friends to celebrate, to go out there and remember the first time. So, come Monday, that is where you will find me-celebrating at this race all that running has given and allowed me to accomplish. Happy Runniversary!

I want to hear about your 'Runniversary'. What date or event marks a time when you started or reached a goal?

Chick Fil A 5k 2012


  1. Happy runniversary, Janell! You've come a long way since then! I guess I'd consider my runniversary St. Jude Half last year. It was my first half and I truly felt like a runner.

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! Very cool. Hopefully we will be able to meet in the near future! Have a good weekend!

  2. Happy Day! It's mine too! Hope you had fun today!