Last weekend I ran the Runnin’ of the Green 7k in Denver. There wasn’t anything particularly special about this race – it wasn’t my longest or fastest – but it was a great time to reflect back on the 6 years that have passed since I first walked the Runnin’ of the Green 7k in 2013.
Back then, I wasn’t even particularly interested in doing the 7k, but my friend Jessica asked me to do it with her and I mostly just saw it as a social event. As I’ve written about before (here), it was while we were walking this race that I got it in my head that I wanted to truly give running a try. Over the next year, I ran my first 5k, then 2 more 5ks that year. The following year saw 5ks, I RAN the Runnin’ of the Green 7k (and will probably never be as fast as I was that year), ran my first half marathon, and then did 2 sprint triathlons. Things continuously progressed and ultimately lead to me completing Ironman Boulder last summer (read more about that here).
I haven’t done anything really big since Ironman last June, and I’ve been in a bit of a mental slump for a while because of that. However, running this race again and looking back on everything that has happened and the things I’ve accomplished in the past six years was a healthy exercise as I jump back into training for the 2019 season.