Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Run Like a Girl
I don't think I've kept it a secret that I HATE running, I WANT to like it, but I don't. Steve bribed me a couple of summers ago to run with him for two months. He offered me a new pair of jeans. So, I ran for my two months, bought my hot boutique jeans on him (one size smaller,) and ditched him. Of course, now, the jeans don't fit because I quit running. I know it's great cardio, I just really hate my life while I'm doing it. Of course, it doesn't help that Steve is running backward and around me in circles because I'm so slow.
Unfortunately, I'm surrounded by runners. Steve and Kraig, our friends Joel and Lisa, Sarah, Julene, the list goes on and on. So, I feel a lot of social pressure to run.
Last fall, Lisa started doing a hard sell for me to do the Nike Women's race with her in San Francisco and I kept telling her "you keep forgetting, I HATE running." Then Lisa got pregnant, so I thought I was off the hook. I should have known that Lisa would give birth in July and plan to run a full marathon in October....crazy girl. Crazy and inspiring....OK, I'll give this a second look for 2010. So, I told Lisa I would seriously consider it for next year.
Lisa sent me a novice training schedule, if I started this week (which I am,) I SHOULD be prepared to run a full marathon in October...My plan is to be ready a year from October, but first, I should learn to like running, so that means I need to start now.
Today was the first day of the schedule, I had to run 1 1/2 miles. I did it, I ran the whole time and wasn't totally dying by the end, but I'm SLOW....more than a 12 minute mile. Tomorrow is 3 miles (double trouble,) we'll see how it goes.
I almost hate to blog this, because it makes me seem a little more committed. I won't commit to the full marathon, I may just do the half. But for now, I'm going to learn to LIKE to run like a girl.