Monday, January 31, 2011

I Really AM a Runner!

Saturday I ran 5K!

Yes I did.  It was hard and I thought I was going to die, but I did it, thanks to some very good friends and Ragnar teammates! 

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I Am A Runner...

...or at least I am trying to be. I can run two miles now. I am training to run in the Ragnar with a team of ladies from my area who are almost all very good, very fast runners.

On New Years Day I met a group of them for a run. We were supposed to run a 5K. My friend, who is just a little more advanced than me was supposed to come, but at the last minute couldn't. So that left me...and 3 very fast runners.

I told them to go ahead of me.  I was going to try to run the whole thing, but wasn't sure I'd be able to.  I had brought my iPod and would be very happy to just listen to it as I pushed myself along.  They ignored me and stopped when I stopped.  Which was very often.  It was a little lot mortifying.  But they were very generous and sweet and patient...except I know they were dying to run!

I thought it would be helpful to run with a group, to help distract my mind, but I found that it was very difficult to run with a bunch of people...distracting in a way I wasn't anticipating.  Running is such a mental thing for me.  When I run I have to focus on a benchmark, be it the next stop sign, bush, shadow, or whatever and talk myself into getting there and then I pick another and keep on going. But with the group around me I lost that focus, and also found myself trying to keep up with them.  Not out of pride or anything, I would just suddenly realize that I was going faster than I was used to and so I tired out faster.  It scared me in some ways, wondering if I can really get to the point they are and be able to sustain myself long enough to finish the relay. 

But everyone started at the beginning at some point, right?

I have a ways to go. 

But I am a runner, and I will persevere.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

I just spent the last hour reading some of my old posts.  And I must say there is some good stuff in there!  And I can't believe that I actually wrote some of it.  And I might even start writing on here again....but don't hold your breath!