I’ve been running for a year!

Yep! it’s true :) I’ve officially run for one full year. Or more so, unofficially – don’t ask me if today is the day I started running, as I have no damn clue! I know lots of you know yours and that’s great but I’ve never been one for remembering anything.

Anyway, so I started running last year around this time (not much has changed). I was inspired by my cousin, who has been mentioned in numerous posts and fell in love with the sport. Aside from experiencing my first injury (that took 5 months to diagnose) I am happy to say that I continued to run (any time I could) for one whole year :)


*me, Rex and Logan last year. See we all still look the same 😉 

I guess that makes me a runner.

I never plan on stopping so I guess that also makes me addicted. *FYI – don’t try and run with your phone headset if you can’t find your headphones. It’s annoying.

I know 3 miles doesn’t seem like a lot but that’s what I ran yesterday and while I was doing so I couldn’t help but remember back to when running for a minute was difficult for me. So for anyone just beginning to dabble in runningdon’t give up! It gets easier.

…..actually as a “seasoned” runner <—– ya I’ll take that title, that was a lie. It never gets easier…..as you’ll just keep pushing yourself harder: the beauty of running :)

When Rex realized that my run was to be done on the treadmill this is how I found him….

So after my perfect 10 min/mile 3 miler :) I stretched while Rex did his run. 1 mile on the tready.

Today is a non-running day for me so I plan on celebrating by doing some miles on the bike instead.


Oh and just because he’s a huge suck, Colin would like me to correct yesterday’s post for you all….

when I said “I just got Colin to download their latest album” in regards to Metric. Colin came home and said “You could’ve given me the credit. I was downloading it for you, you didn’t get me to do it

So for Colin everyone, I looked over and saw Colin downloading the new Metric album (which he wouldn’t have known about unless I told him :P) and asked “Hey can you send me those files.”

You’re welcome dear :)



1. how long have you been running?? when did you start??

2. treadmill – YAY or NAY?

nay but necessary. 

3. ask me something :) – and yes, I am a bad wife. Colin has the short end of the stick fo sho 😉 




52 thoughts on “I’ve been running for a year!

  1. I am seriously impressed at your doggie’s tread skillz. Given that I’ve fallen off one…ooh… 3 times now, hes rocking it better than me!

    I’ve been running about 3 years but very sporadically for the first year. I just did a wee bit to get ‘healthy’ (skinny) then i really liked it. Then the guy-I-thought-was-kinda-cute (now my S.O.) talked me into joining the uni club he was already part of. And the rest of the story- both about the running and about the guy- is history!

    Urgh I haaaaaaate the tread. But yes, sometimes its required.

    My question isssssssss… My questions ARE actually…

    What were you like when you were a kid?
    What is your favourite sound or noise?
    Did you ever had an imaginary friend as a child, does or did Logan?
    Name 5 of the most important things in your life?
    Do you have any phobias?
    What is your religion or do you not really have one?

    Also a bonus random thing: my oldest soft toy that i have had since I was 4yrs old is a large (when my nana bought him for me he was bigger than me) scruffy, mutt-like soft toy dog. His name (named by my nana and I at the time) Rex!

  2. treadmill nay…but yes, necessary…

    So what’s your favorite summer time drink??? (and I’m not talking soda, water, juice etc…) 😉

    • LOL – Kathy, even if you didn’t specify I can assure you it wouldn’t be juice 😉 but water would definitely be up there 😛

      I love red wine so sangrias are lovely. I actually enjoy a good “rye bomb” at the cottage with Colin’s family (it’s just rye and coke, I have no clue why it gets a cool name) I love gin and tonics year round (they’re my go-to drink of choice)

      I don’t drink beer. It always made me gain so much weight and it would take all day for me to feel a buzz ;P

      I also love margaritas and mojitos!

      ….obviously I have a drinking problem 😉

  3. I’ve been running for just over two years. I could only tell you the actual day because I was already blogging at the time. My blog is like my online memory, but more accurate then my real one. It’s kind of like, if I didn’t blog it, it didn’t really happen. 😉

    Treadmill: Nay, but same as you, sometimes necessary, because society frowns upon me leaving my young children unattended.

  4. I have been running on and off for a “year”.
    I say “year” because injuries and lack of motivation have seriously cut back on my running. So yeah.

    Treadmill. I am a much better runner on the treadmill than outside.

    Where did you start running? Treadmill or outside? Any advise on making the transition away from the treadmill?

    • Sabrina, GREAT QUESTION!

      I actually did start running solely on the treadmill. I had attempted to run once prior and had done so outside to find I didn’t enjoy it at all.

      So I started on the treadmill. I hated running so I’d only do 5-10mins before and after my other workouts and leave it at that. Then I started testing myself and ran 5k on the treadmill. After that I kept running on the tready. I have no idea when my love changed to outside but I do recall a friend of mine, Payden, always saying “outside is so much nicer, you can see how far you’ve gone” – so I went outside and did the loop around the block – BORING!

      I think the change may have happened when I started mapping my runs and went further, ran on trails. Even if I was only doing 5min run/5min walk with Rex, I felt good covering more ground and started to love traveling around the neighbourhood.

      I found runs came FASTER and for that reason I came to loathe the treadmill. When I could run 5k in 30mins but on the treadmill it would take me over 40…..I wasn’t liking it 😉

      I found it much easier to say “just make it to the next stop sign, just make it down the street” than “argh, only 2 miles left, or 20 mins to go” – staring at a screen became monotonous, while visiting new places became intriguing :)

      I hope that helps. If I were you I’d try and find a flat trail and hit the woods! there’s nothing that makes me feel more alive than a beautiful slow jog through the forest :)

      • THANKS! Every time I attempt to run outside I try to go as far and as fast as I can. That’s my problem. I will try the “to the stop sign” and “to the next street” approach.

  5. How long have I been running?? Hmmm, good question, I think about 5 years now. Maybe 6. I love it though.

    How cool is it that Rex is on the treadmill!! My dog won’t get on it but he stands next to me when I run and he puts his nose against my leg so when my leg goes back and it forth, it rubs the tip of his nose. HAHAHAHA!

  6. Congrats! I have to say I love all the pics, they are so fun! I have been running for 9 years and I am not a huge fan of the treadmill. I do use it though, especially for speed and hill workouts. Have a great day!

  7. I just had my one year “runn-iversary” too!! Congrats!! It never does get easier, does it? I am so impressed that you trained your dog to run a treadmill. So awesome.

  8. I didn’t realise you had been running such a short time- I don’t know why-you seem quite the pro though!

    Treadmil-nope-but as you said-sometimes you just have to-although not been on one in about a year.

    I say I started running about November 2008, I did a few short jogs before then, but then I started doing a more regular run and in Januart 2009 ran my first 10km in Dubai.

    • Robyn what a nice comment. I think that’s because you didn’t read me when I first started – basically all of my posts were asking for help and tips and the pro peeps were amazing at teaching me everything I know :)

  9. You and I are total twins! It’s my 1 year runniversary this month too!

    I hate the treadmill. I do however love that Rex will go on it. I can’t imagine my dog doing that.

    Thanks for the tips on dog training yesterday too btw. I’m totally going to work on this with him!

    My question for you is: when are we going to run together?!?! 😉

    • Sam I’m currently in the beginning stages of organizing a “run/brunch/lunch” meet up with some local bloggers and/or runners. I have a note on dailymile asking who’d be up! So soon!!!!

      Oh and it took us a bit to get Rex to do that 😉 you can’t see in the pic, but I just attach the kill key to his collar and when he’s done he hops off 😉

  10. Wow look at Rex go on that treadmill! Ive never seen a dog do that before.

    Happy Running Anniversary! I couldnt tell you the day I started running. I just know it was in 2005.

  11. Congratulations on your one year runiversary! I have been running since 2010 and I only run on the treadmill when I have to! Love the pictures!

  12. I love Rex running on the treadmill!

    I don’t know the exact date I started running either – but I remember having to walk after a block!

    I’m another nay for the treadmill. 😉

  13. Happy running anniversary!! I started running the winter of 2010 with the Couch to 5K program, so I guess you could say that I’ve been a runner off-and-on for 2 years now. :)
    I’d have to say that the treadmill gets a yay for me because it serves it’s purpose. I loathe running outdoors in the dead of winter (the cold air really bothers my lungs), so I like having the treadmill option if need be. Although this past winter I kind of skipped running all together and concentrated on other workouts. 😉

  14. Wow! Does this mean I have been reading you blog for about a year? Time flies!
    I don’t have a treadmill but I would love one for my dogs. They have so much energy and I can’t walk them constantly! Oh and I loved your running with your dog post! I really want to do a race with Rowie sometime!

    • No no….August 10th will be my blogging one year! YAY! (but I did steal that pic from then, so maybe that threw you off 😉 lol)

      So almost one year!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Congrats on one year of running!! Yep, you can definitely call yourself a seasoned runner. :)
    I used to do lots of treadmill runs, but that was largely to avoid the cold winters. Now that we’re in a warm climate, I’ve been running outside year round and have very little patience for the treadmill, but it can be a lifesaver at times when there are no other options. Your dog can run on the treadmill?! Hilarious picture!

  16. Hooray for 1 year “runiversary”. Congrats. Such an awesome thing!
    I have a love/hate relationship with the ‘mill. It’s been convenient for speed work but I get bored running for a long time on it. But I still don’t mind it.
    Where is your favorite place to run??

    • My favourite place to run is on relatively flat trails :) I prefer gravel/bike path trails for running but if i could afford a separate pair of trail shoes I’d probably never run on road or sidewalk again!

    • He loves it! Hence him sitting on it begging to go on. He gets in such a zone and I attach the kill switch to his collar so when he’s had enough he just jumps off :)

  17. This July it will be 2 years since I started running. I definitely remember back to when I had to stop every few minutes- it really does get better if you can stick with it.
    Nay to the treadmill. I haven’t used one if quite a while… since my gym membership expired last October.
    I love that Rex will run on the treadmill!
    Since I am a reasonably new reader, how did you and your hubby meet? :)

    • Ahhhh, the hubby meeting. It has been brought up in bits here and there on the blog but long story short, we met through his friend…..whom I was dating 😉 sorry friend.

  18. I love what you wrote about how you started and not giving up. I wrote about how I started running here: http://runfundone.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/we-all-start-somewhere/ and it’s my fav (of my own blog posts I mean). I really remember how hard it was at first, but now I’m a pretty okay runner! We all start somewhere, and it’s all about setting your own personal goals, being happy with yourself, and not comparing yourself to others!

    Congrats on 1 year!

    I prefer to run outside, but would love to have a treadmill for rainy days…I don’t have one though!

  19. Congratulations on the year of running! You are right, running never ever gets easier. Sigh.

    I have been running off and on for two years, but regularly for one year. Just finished my first marathon and training for my second in September. :-) I loathe the treadmill, but it’s infinitely useful for speed workouts.

  20. congrats on your running anniversary!! i am loving your dog rippin’ it up on the tread 😉

    i’ve been running off/on for almost five years now. i took a long break and just got consistent with it again after having my 2nd baby this past december. there’s no way i’d make any progress without my treadmill. so while it’s fiercely boring, i still love to have it!

  21. I’ve been running for 3 years now. And really, I thought it was about 2. But nope. 3 years ago in March I decided to run my first half marathon which was my first race ever.

    I like the treadmill! If it’s the summer and it’s nice outside, you won’t catch me on it. I’m all about the outdoor runs!

    Congrats on your one year run-iversary!! What’s your next race?!

  22. Happy runiversary! Look how many people you’ve inspired with just a year of running. You’re awesome!

    I love the treadmill because I can watch shows while I run. I wish ours had a fan though.

    That sounds like something my husband would want me to blog-correct.:) I constantly retell stories the wrong way so it’s no surprise that I would mess up any retelling of an event. But isn’t history all about different perspectives anyway? The same event can happen ten different ways from ten different perspectives.

  23. Congrats on your runnaversary! I’ve been running almost six years now – no more than 3 miles a day. I run outside, wear headphones, and won’t run outside if it’s less than 50ºF. I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold – I’m from Texas. I switch to a treadmill in the winter.

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