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Going back to the beginning: My RANniversary

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  March 20, 2013 10:34 AM

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While updating @BeWellBoston's pinterest boards the other night, I came across this quote:

It's simple. It's not some amazingly well-written saying or some fancy flourish of words -- but it is probably the truest statement I've read as it relates to my life in a long, long time.

Especially true this week because I just signed up to run what was my very first 5K a year ago. The Westford 5K will be my very first repeat race, and will mark my "RANniversary" as a runner. So, while it certainly will not be the longest race I've run, it holds a very special place in my fitness journey.

I can honestly say that while I am the same person I was this time last year, I have gained so many things I never would have guessed I'd learn from running.

After that first race I learned:

If someone says I can't, then I most certainly will.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know by now I like a challenge. I like being the short girl people (including myself at times) doubt. But I like surprising people even more (especially myself).

If you put in the training, your body will be ready.
My biggest battle the day of that very first 5K was not anything physical. I was more worried that my head would get the best of me: That I would think about being tired, or sore, or just plain want to stop. I have learned that if I can get my head to realize that I can push my body quite hard, then my brain has no choice but to follow.

There will always be ugly days
That first 5K was not my prettiest race, nor was it my fastest, but that did not matter. Every single race I run, every piece of training I tackle, is all about the doing. I called this blog "Get Moving" for a reason -- because I wasn't moving. The sheer act of starting, running, and finishing a race is enough to me. Do I want to always improve? Of course. Is it the end of the world if my good friends beat me? Not even a little bit. It's not that I'm not competitive, but instead I don't care so much about that because a year ago I could not run a mile (says the girl who just ran a 10 miler "for fun").

In a way it is fitting that in the midst of training for a triathlon (my next big thing), I am going to go back to the beginning. This may even become a tradition.

Happy RANniversary to me.

Do you have a fitness tradition?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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