I AM A RUNNER and @Runkeeper

Recently there was a “I AM A RUNNER” challenge on Runkeeper. This challenge really made me reminisce on my journey. As many of you know I started my journey back in late 2013. From day 1, Runkeeper was with me. At that time I was only doing walks. Eventually I started hiking and I continued to use Runkeeper.

September 21st, 2014 I took my first run with Runkeeper. My pace was 9 min/km and I could barely keep running for 90 seconds before needing a walking interval. My first 5k came just 2 months later on November 2nd, 2014. As soon as the app announced 5k, I threw up my hands and celebrated only to realize people were looking at me. My 5k time was 0:44:11 but I was so proud of myself.

I ran my first race on October 18th, 2015. I ran in the Numazu Kano River Marathon(沼津かのがわハーフマラソン) 5k course. I was super nervous but my time was 0:28:01.

My next race was on February 14th, 2016. I ran the 10k course in the Izu Marathon(伊豆マラソン). My time was 1:00:35.

In the first half of 2016, I ran the Izu Marathon(伊豆マラソン) 10k, Nihondaira Sakura Marathon(日本平桜マラソン) 10k and Fuji Susono Plateau Marathon(富士裾野高原マラソン) 5k.

After that I decided to challenge a half marathon and I wanted my first half marathon to be the same race as the first one I entered, the Numazu Kano River Marathon. This is also my usual running course so I thought it would make it a little easier.

Unfortunately I got an Inguinal Hernia and had to have surgery to fix it in September meaning I would need to miss the marathon. But just 2 months later I ran 8.8k in the Fuji Marathon Festa 2016 in FUJI SPEEDWAY(富士マラソンフェスタ2016 in FUJI SPEEDWAY). During my winter vacation in Canada I ran in 2 races. The Big Elf Run 5k and the Resolution Run 5k.

During my recover I realized how addicted I was to running. I would see people running and miss it. I am still recovering from the hernia and my pace isn’t what it was but I began to train for next October’s Numazu Kanogawa Half Marathon. I’m currently registered for 5 races in the first of 2017.

I ran 451k in 2015 and last year was 818.2k. Since October 2013, I’ve lost over 40kg and beat obesity. This year I will beat being overweight and accomplish 2 goals. The first will be hiking Mt. Fuji in the summer and the second is running my first half marathon in October. And Runkeeper will be with me for both.

Thinking about my journey and writing this blog, I know I AM A RUNNER.