Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Who knew running this 5K would be such a big deal

Apparently tomorrow is the end of another Round of Words in 80 Days. At the end of each Round participants are supposed to share how they did on achieving their goals over the past 80 days. My goals were pretty transparent - did I even have goals? I kind of forgot. Oh, yes, the whole writing thing. I have been way out in left field when it comes to that.

I do know of one goal which I blabbed to everyone about (except for my mother), and that is that I was going to run in a 5K. Well, last night I did it! I went the distance. I covered five kilometers of ground. Ok, I didn't run the whole thing - are you nuts? But I was able to hold up enough to run the last tenth of a mile. Will I be ready to do this in public and without my running partner come the Fourth of July? That's only two weeks away!

I got a sudden inspiration. Maybe if I fake some kind of injury in the first mile, and dramatically pull myself together and limp the entire rest of the race, everyone will applaud my efforts no matter how long it takes to cross the finish line.

Nope, won't work. Deep down inside I am a fierce competitor. I don't show it. Mostly because I lose most all of the time and just don't want to be a baby about it.

But you know, I think I can learn a lot from this whole experience. Maybe this whole running thing came up at this time in my life to teach me something about life, and perseverance, and achieving our dreams. Or maybe it is just another way to not get anything done around the house.

See ya at the start of the next round. July 1, I believe it is. And just in time for my run.

My running partner. Perhaps this explains a lot. He and I were each in for our yearly physicals earlier this month. His doctor told him he was overweight, mine did not. I also don't have to stop to pee on every twig and blade of grass along the way. He does keep me distracted though when I start getting short of breath.

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  1. Oh, gosh. I couldn't run 2K. But I do exercise. Congrats on completing the 5K. Now about that writing: Come on in from left field. I sense a story here.

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    1. Anyone can do anything they put their mind to. This is proof of that.

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  2. Congrats on your 5K...even if you didn't run the whole way, I find it impressive! It's the effort, the fact you finished...and I bet you'll do great in July...even without your "partner"! Lol!

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    1. Thanks. Everyone pretty much agrees with me that I only have to actually run the start and the finish and hope no one sees me floundering through the middle.

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  3. I remember trying to run with a dog, Chris (she was a Siberian Husky and a bit more willing to just run over stopping to sniff everything, but still ... ) Running with a dog is challenging. Do you try jogging in place when he stops? Maybe just add in extra running time (if you are worried about doing a 5K, aim for 6K and then you can be sure you'll make it).

    And yes, you had goals... or at least you had points you wanted to check off, and most of the time you did. I watched your progress as did several other ROWers. You rocked it actually. :-D

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. Yes, it is a challenge running with Dino, but I think all the distractions he throws at me keep me from thinking about myself so much. And the beauty of this whole experience is that there is definitely a story brewing . . .

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