I’ve always dreamed of being a runner. Those of you who know me may snicker under your breath – my grade school and high school friends know me as Not-One-Of-The-Athletic-Girls. I was always the one who received a basketball uniform and then spent the entire season praying I wouldn’t be put into a game. I ran track ONLY for those Saturdays spent lying on the infield at the Texico track meets, boy-watching with Shelley and Glena and Robin (who WERE athletes, dammit!).
My after-high-school friends were actually tricked into thinking of me as athletic – I was passably okay on a soccer team in the 80’s for a couple of years and then a heck of a shortstop on my law firm’s softbell team for a decade or two in Albuquerque.
And I’ve always walked, every day that the weather allowed. Fear of having bad bones as an old lady has driven me out of bed every morning at 6:30 to put on my walking/running shoes and head out. Well, fear of having bad bones and having a larger butt. . .
But what I dream of most, in terms of athleticism, is being a runner, of being strong and lean (yeah!) and enduring, pacing myself and getting across that finish line of a half-marathon, preferably the Duke City Marathon (http://www.dukecitymarathon.com/), dousing myself with the contents of my bottled water and then going off to celebrate with my fellow sweaty running pals.
So, this Spring, 50 or not, I started training to be a runner again. I’m thinking I’ll be one of those 70 year-old finishers in the NYC marathon (or half. . .I keep thinking half. 13 miles sounds so much more manageable than 26. . .). I downloaded (AGAIN) Cool Running’s Couch Potato to 5K training program http://bit.ly/mRX6 and about a week ago I began. Today I move up to the 90 second run/2 minute walk for 30 minutes schedule. I’ve found myself frighteningly out of shape after this winter of sitting in front of a computer. But I’m on it!
The best thing about starting to train again is that New Mexico is beautiful this time of year, especially at 7 a.m. Here are some photos I took yesterday.
Think good thoughts about me early in the morning. Keep your dogs in your yard (I really hated that time that Norma Bruhn’s pit bull ran up behind me, barking, and made me pee my pants. . .) I’ll be out there, on the streets (which are damn hilly) in my Ute Lake neighborhood, sweating some, swearing some, and wishing I had never stopped the LAST Time I started this program. They say it takes 21 days for an activity to turn into a habit. I’m a week into it. I figure if I tell you I’m going it, I’ll have to stick it out for another 14 days simply for pride’s sake, right?
My first race, with Johanna, will be The New Mexico BioPark Society’s Run for the Zoo http://bit.ly/cV0K6c the first weekend in May (for the past 26 years in fact). I’m shooting for the 5K fitness run. So bear with me while I work really hard at convincing myself I’m truly athletic AND a runner. If you think it, you can be it, right?
And while I’m out running (and walking. . .) every morning, I’ll take pictures. If you want to be a runner, doing it here sure makes it easier!