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Despite the fact I don't run, it's something I wanted to challenge myself to do. So, in order to inspire myself I signed up for the L'Arche run. My company and one of our brokers sponsor's/puts on this run, the first time being last year. Last year, I was a volunteer. I felt a little jealous of all the runners, and back then on that snowy freezing cold day in March while I yelled into the walkie-talkie every 5 seconds with frozen fingers, I vowed that if we did this again, I would run.
|This is me and friend Larry last year volunteering for L'Arche|
So..I signed up. I did NOT sign up for the full 1/2 marathon, just the 8km run (5mile) because I felt that was a goal that was more achievable for me. After I signed up I realized really fast that now I HAD to do this. No backing out, no looking like a weakling... so I started training.
I have a running buddy, Shirley. Shirley ran the full 1/2 last year, and she's run several other 1/2's in Vegas and Arizona to name a few... she also is dedicated enough to run at least 3-4 times a week. I often say to myself.. "Yes but she has no kids, she has all of this time.." blah blah blah.. and in part it's true. Scheduling my running does take a little more finesse.. I just have to stop using having 3 kids as an excuse... you see because I know that many 'Mom's' run..
A few months ago I ran 2km without stopping.. so I was pretty 'sure' of myself... well... last week I set out on a 5km run at lunch with squirrely Shirley..and to put it bluntly..almost died. It did not help that I had 80km winds blowing straight in my face making it hard for me to breathe (I do have asthma..so maybe this is why).. and it didn't help that my short little friend Shirley has a better pace than me..I mean my legs are almost as tall as she is... so I thought...but I was wrong...
It took me a few days to recover from my shin splints and charlie horses..not to mention my extremely sore throat.. but I can't quit! Sometimes I'm such a quitter.. I realize this in myself... but I mean half of my company has either volunteered for this race, or is running in it... so I can't be the one that bails; know what I'm saying?
|Shirley coming to the finish...she is NOT a quitter|
This morning..after waking up with a headache..and feeling like I could have slept for another few hours I just did it. I put on my running shoes (didn't even have a shower or put on make-up thank you very much) and headed out doors. Armed with my ipod (which I think helps take my mind off running..) I ran.. I didn't do too bad I don't think..however I didn't do 5km..I don't think (didn't bring my watch..will have to calculate it on Google maps)..but whatever...I know myself; small goals that I can attain will give me the confidence I need to run further.
I have to say this morning that I enjoyed watching the sun come up, the peacefulness of the day, the cool breeze on my face.. it felt good..maybe there really is something to running in the morning...
Do I want to be like Shirley? No. Do I want to be like my friends Don & Dawn (that's not a joke) who run like over 500km per week? NO... (I'm more of a yoga girl myself)... but I do want to attain my goal of 8km.
So..I'm going to blog a bit about it.. about my struggles..about (hopefully) my successes... so that other Non-Runners like me can maybe find some inspiration. Wish me luck!
|This was Shirley's first marathon..I cried when she arrived at the finish... Love this picture..I really felt that hug!|