Friday, September 03, 2010

Flashback Friday

Thanks for all your comments yesterday, especially those of you who went back to read my very first post to learn a little about how this all started almost four years ago.

I love to look back at how far I've come and where this journey has taken me.

Just for fun, I thought I'd start a little feature called Flashback Friday to share some old posts. I feel like I'm sharing a page from my diary!

Let's start with this one; it's a shorty:

Now THAT is Determination (March 15, 2007)

It was still mild after work yesterday so I decided to skip the gym and go for another run outside with Mark. But of course, it started raining just as we were leaving. I nearly chickened out, but Mark convinced me to go for it anyway. And of course, it didn't just rain. It POURED. You have to understand, I don't do rain. Being outside in the rain is about my least favourite thing to do. It's right above being outside in a blizzard. With bare feet. So... this is a big deal!

We took a different 5 KM route with even more hills. There was one giant hill right near the end and I actually had to look down at the sidewalk and take it one square at a time. When I looked up, all I could think was I am never going to make it up this hill! But I made it, one square at a time. It turns out we ran even faster than the day before. We did it in 31 minutes, average speed of 5.5 mph. My legs are S-O-R-E this morning.


Everybody has to start somewhere!

Do you like to look back on your old blog posts? Feel free to play along!

Have a great weekend!

31 comments:

RunningLaur said...

So crazy to look back at where we all started - to think a little 5k run would beat us up so much :)
Happy Friday!

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Great idea Marlene!

I have been following your blog from the very beginning and it amazes me how far you have come along and totally changed your lifestyle!
You are such an inspiration!

Part of the reason why I decided to blog was to be able to look back and see how far along I have come.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great idea!

I look back at running journals (was there blogging 20 years ago?) and I love to see how my attitudes have changed/grown (I'd like to think) over time.

Quinton J said...

Nice. Sometimes it's hard to see just how far you've come until you read a post like that!

lish said...

You have come so far! I love these Flashback Fridays...Running really is all about the process...small changes over time...Keep up the amazing work!

Heidi said...

Every once in a while I get nostalgic and go back and read old entries. It's neat to see, and sometimes eye opening. Like the first time you ran a certain distance, or a certain speed. When you're feeling frustrated with where you are currently at it's great to look back on and remember the pride in just finishing your first 5K distance.

You made me curious so I went back and "stalked" some of your old blogs. You've come a long way Marlene, and especially have done absolutely amazing with your running. You should be very proud of yourself.

I've been with my husband since I was 15 (nearly 16). Neat to others who have also been together for a long time from a young age.

Teamarcia said...

Very cool idea Marlene! I hardly ever look back at old blog posts--maybe I should!

Nicole said...

i LOVE looking back at my old blog posts... especially a year from that exact day!!! its crazy what was going on little or big that you may or may not remember! :) have a good weekend

runninglawyer said...

Definitely nice to be reminded that super-human amazing Marlene started the same way that we all did - with struggles and proud moments along the way. Also inspirational for those of us with few races under our belts that someday, we might be as amazing and dedicated as you!

Laura said...

This is great!! You have come so far.
Happy Friday and long weekend.

Jill said...

I started my blog as a daily way for my then-trainer and myself to analyze my running better - little did I know there was a world out there full of bloggers who are just incredible. It is fun to go back to when I was friend-less and read my rants. ha. You HAVE come so far, it is just awesome! Have a great weekend!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Love the flashback idea, and you... you have absolutely come a hella long way!!

Lisa said...

i do like to look back! sometimes when i feel stuck, i realize by looking back that i really am making progress!

Heather said...

What a fun idea. i love lookin back at old posts - definitely helps you see how far you've come.

Jamie said...

I love looking back. it's great to see how far you've come since the beginning!

Mark said...

A really good idea, Marlene! I do like to look back at times.

ajh said...

You have come a long way! I have been blogging for less than a year but I may go back and look.

Her Name is Rio said...

What a great idea to take a peek back to appreciate where we are now!
Have a great weekend!

Forward Foot Strides said...

My blog is still too new, but when I have a year's worth of posts under my belt I'll be sure to do this!

Cynthia O'H said...

Great idea. I pulled out my running log from the early 90's (yikes) and laughed at the difference between then and now. My boys couldn't believe it either. Blogging is great but there is something to be said for pen and paper.

Barnes said...

I am in my first phases of my blog! I hope to be well on my way a few years from now too! Crazy how much things have changed for you! What an inspiration for people like me!

Deb said...

Thanks for sharing this Marlene. I looked back at some of your old posts as well, and it's really inspirational how far you have come.

Usually I read your blog and think "wow, she's amazing. I'll never get there."

Looking back at your old posts, and the one you just reposted, it makes me think "hey, that could be me."

Thanks!

Johann said...

I haven't been blogging that long but I'm sure I'll go back often. I do the same with my running logs.

Denise said...

love the flashback idea!! i might have to steal it b/c i love looking back at how far i came.

i went back and read your post...sounded so familiar. i really love seeing how far you've come. you're amazing!! have a great wknd!

lindsay said...

i often look back on my old posts, especially while at work... need something to do ;)

very fun reminiscing! whew those 5k's, you've come a LOOONG way. now it's like, 5k? that's a warmup.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I love the idea of Flashback Friday being old posts- i definitely did not read blogs more than a year and a half ago so I like to go back to old posts people wrote. Very cool.

Amy said...

Wow! You've come such a long way! Though it's early days for my blog now, I hope I can one day look back and see the kind of improvements you have. You're an inspiration!

MCM Mama said...

You are amazing! I think this is a great feature! I may have to borrow it from time to time....

J said...

Sometimes I like to look back at my old posts. Its nice to see what I was doing a year ago on this exact date. I love the idea of this post!!

kizzy said...
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kizzy said...

Awesome idea. Your post inspires me..
Keep posting.

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