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Happy One Year Anniversary to Me

In November I celebrated my one year anniversary with WalkJogRun. What a year it's been! This time last year I was only running to stay in shape. The most I'd run was two miles. Writing the newsletters and talking to our users got me focused on training for races. This, and having Adam as a coworker has pushed me further!
At some point during this last year, specifically training and running my first half, I realized that running is me. It's my hobby, my therapy, and a social experience. I'm grateful that Adam and Jeff gave me this opportunity to work with WalkJogRun. It's truly been a life-changing experience!
This last year of running has helped me make a vast amount of lifestyle changes. I've taken my training a little more seriously by doing most of the cross training planned; I've changed my eating habits and eat foods that give me energy and help me recover; I run in -10 degree weather (!); I change my shoes every three or so months; I wear comfortable shoes and cut down my use of stilettos to save my feet, and my running wardrobe is now probably worth more than my every-day clothes!
My running has also greatly improved. I ran my first 10k in June I finished in 57 minutes. In October I finished the Nike Human Race 10K in 49 minutes, placing me at ~3900 of 128,000 US runners.
I've also inspired four people I know to run regularly and/or to run their first races. This makes me feel
Races I did in 2009:

  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago, IL
  • Legs 8K in Madison, WI
  • Run for the Zoo 10K in Chicago, IL
  • Madison Mini Marathon in Madison, WI
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in Milwaukee,WI
  • Nike+ Human Race 10K in Chicago, IL
  • Tyranena Beer Run Half Marathon in Lake Mills, WI

Whoa, when I list them all, I guess I ran more than I thought!
Planned for 2010:

  • Los Angeles 13.1 Series
  • New York City 13.1 Series
  • Crazy Legs in Madison, WI
  • Chicago 13.1 Series
  • Madison Mini Marathon in Madison, WI
  • **Chicago Marathon

Yes, I plan on running my first marathon next year! This is all due to my experienece watching Adam run it this year. He suggested that if I trained hard enough, I could qualify for Boston. Hmmmm…
WalkJogRun has also come a long way in one year. Some of the things we've done:

  • Released our iPhone app
  • Had our first booth at a race expo
  • Site redesign

We have so much in store for you in the months to come! I don't want to give anything away, so stay tuned!
How was your year? And, for those of you who remember us this time last year, do you like the improvements we've made? Have any suggestions?