So, back in the day (pre-Monkey, pre-Duhdee for that matter), I used to run. I loved running, I’d run 4 miles every morning before setting out on the rest of my day. It cleared my head, reduced stress…it made me feel strong and healthy. Then I stopped.
Duhdee and I moved in together and my commute doubled. Suddenly there seemed to be no time for a run. Then along came Monkey and time was in even shorter supply. More than that though I no longer felt strong enough to run for any distance. I was tired, I was out of shape, I was unmotivated. I kept saying I needed to start again but I never did.
Last week a co-worker mentioned that she and another co-worker were in a “friendly” competition to loose weight by December. She was going to start running to help the process along. I was shocked when my mouth opened and I said “Oh, OK. Do you want to run together after work sometimes?” and she had the freaking nerve to say “Sure!” What have I done?!
So, on Monday, during our lunch break we went to Marathon Sports and had gait analysis done and then we each bought a new pair of running shoes. In a fit of madness motivation I suggested to Duhdee that he join me in a training program called “Couch to 5K” in preparation for a 5K that my firm participates in each year. Once he agreed I mentioned it to my co-worker. She’s reluctantly on board as well. What have I done?!
This morning another co-worker (the one who is also involved in the weight loss competition) was informed of our plan to run in a 5K next spring and she suggested we run in one this fall as soon as we finish our 9 week training program. No reason to wait, she said. Right! So. We now have 3 5Ks up for debate starting 10 weeks from now! I found the Fragile X 5K Road Race/Walk and I want to do that one. I don’t think my co-worker will want to do that race so it now appears that Duhdee and I will be running in 2 of the 3 5Ks. What have I done?!
Duhdee and I went on our first training run last night. It was not fun and though that program looks easy, it’s much harder than I thought. Tonight is training run #2 with my co-worker and I have shin splints from yesterday’s session. This should be torture fun!
Can I just ask one more time, what have I done?!