Today’s stroll down memory lane is brought to you by Tracksmith. Let’s rewind a decade or so ago, and then talk about how you can win a free singlet this week
I wrote my running story a while back and talked about how I consider those first few months of my running career as the hardest. Running two miles at a 10-minute pace in 2006 felt just as tough as running 26 miles at a 7:35 pace ten years! I had never run before and had no coach or running buddies. Just me and a stubborn determination to keep hitting the start line, which at the time was my parents’ driveway.
When I first started running I had ONE route for about three months: a two-mile loop through my parents’ old neighborhood in Brentwood, TN. There was a massive hill (or at least it felt massive at the time) midway through the route, and I remember I had to stop and walk it for the first month or so.
The first few times I ran the whole route without stopping to walk felt like a huge accomplishment. As the months went on I started adding extra steps to boost the route up to three miles, then four! By the end of the summer I could run about five miles straight.
And I’d learned that running was a great way to release some energy, spend some time thinking, and de-stress about things. At the time, I was mostly thinking about my big move to Baltimore at the end of the summer for college. Today, I’ve still got plenty to ponder and prepare for on my runs — like what life will be like in a few months with a baby! 😮
Whenever I go back to visit my parents’ old neighborhood, I love running my original two-mile route. Each step brings back memories and makes me realize how much has changed in the past 11 years — and at the same time, how much hasn’t. For example, I’m thinking about trimesters instead of semesters now. And wearing sweat-wicking shorts instead of cotton, thank goodness! But I’m still the same old me. Just a little older and wiser, hopefully. And faster
Does anyone else feel the same flood of memories when they re-run an old route back home? Tracksmith wraps up this feeling of runner’s nostalgia elegantly in a few words and through this video:
In honor of reconnecting with old routes and old running buddies as you head back home (or wherever your “starting line” is) for the holidays, Tracksmith is letting you gift a free singlet to a friend when you spend $250. Their tops have a classic throwback style that’s perfect for the occasion!
AND they’re kicking off the campaign with a little giveaway for you guys. Tell me one of your first ever running routes in the comments section for a chance to win a free Tracksmith singlet. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday!