Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Run, Audrey, Run!

photo by Mike Baird
I think I've gone crazy. Seriously. I let a friend talk me into joining a half-marathon training program, with the goal that I would somehow go from slacker to speed demon in less than three months. My third day with the group, they wanted us to run four miles. Whoa! Needless to say, I spent the latter part of the evening, lying on the sofa, watching the Olympics with ice bags on my sore shins.
Sadly, back in the day when I was young and fit, I could handle distance! I was on the cross country team and was always one of the first to cross the finish line in any gym class race. And then, thanks to family genes, I started to struggle with knee issues...and then back issues. And while I continued competing in other sports, I gave up running. In recent years, I could barely even run a few blocks without feeling stiff and wheezy. Hopefully that won't be the case much longer.
Oh well...no pain, no gain, right? And I already committed to do this dang program, so I'm not giving up now. Wish me luck, y'all. In exactly two months, I'll be running in my first half marathon - so I need all the positive juju I can get.

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