After CurlyGurly's post, I thought to myself -- "when is MY Runniversary??" -- I know that my efforts to "pick myself up by my bootstraps" started in late October 2013. We were on a cruise to New Guinea - an inaugural cruise to ports which had not been visited by cruiseships for decades. There were many seasoned cruisers onboard - all of whom had never been to New Guinea. A group were discussing the arrival procedures at the first port - there was to be a bus to take us from the wharf to the town for $15. A question was asked - how far is it? Could we walk it? The answer came back - 3 klms ! An anguished voice came back from the back of the gathering - it came form a woman of my vintage -- she said : "OH! I couldn't POSSIBLY walk 3 klms!!!!" That night I could not sleep - all I could hear was this woman's voice saying that she could not POSSIBLY walk 3K. And I wondered "Can I????"
When we returned home, I tentatively walked the 1K down to a local park with some gym equipment - and started out on my personal journey to "fitness". I messed around doing this and other things for a couple of months - started "trying" to run the 100 metres between each piece of equipment - noticed and bought a cheap HRM ( I was well aware that my heart rate was going through the roof ) - got a GPS App (not Runkeeper at that time) and started to record some of my longer walks. Etc,Etc.
So basically - I can't really say exactly what is my "Runniversary" -- but I can see from my running log that I actually went to parkrun BEFORE I even started C25K - nearly a month before. So - I think that first visit to my localparkrun will be it - 11-Jan-2014!! I can remember it clearly -- I live in an area that I would not have thought (at the time) that there would be many people at this running event thingie ( called parkrun). I'll just go down there and see what it is all about - it will probably just be a small group of people, all good runners . Firstly, I couldn't believe that I could hardly find anywhere to park - and there was about 150 people there !! - even some who looked in worse shape than me!!
So- 11 Jan-2014 is my date - and my running log tells me that I have covered 1,386 klms since then