Sunday, March 7, 2010

and so the running begins

I have reached the limit of what my good conscious will allow in laziness. Every year it's the same routine. I begin the year off in a bit of a post Christmas running slump. Around mid-January I try to rally a  effort to run which lasts about 2 weeks. I decide that it's too cold and the treadmill is way too boring and I decide to "rest" until it warms up.
It's warm, and I'm out of shape. I hauled my lazy butt into the road on Saturday and huffed and puffed my way through 3 miles at a snail's pace.  I'm not sure, but I think the neighbor dog was giggling at me. I guess I was moving so slow, there was no thrill in the chase and she just yawned.
I hate the first two weeks of spring running. I'm out of breath and, however strange this sounds, it hurts when the fat on my hips jiggle. Seriously, that fat was not there in December, the last time I ran.

I was so lazy I totally skipped the Bobcat ramble this year, which is usually my welcome back to running race that kick starts my season.  So I find myself a little behind schedule this year. I also am realizing that the day is not too far away when I will not longer have the lesiure of taking 2 months off.  I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I am 40, nearing middle age, and running is as much about my heart and lungs as it is about my hips.

This year may be the year that has no end. I think it's time to lace up my shoes and keep on going.  One day, that break is gonna break me and I may not be able to get motivated to ever start back.  It could happen. I've run ever since I can remember, but life changes, and I am changing.  My body doesn't bounce back like it used to and I think I've hit that mark. I'm running for health and that requires more perseverance.

Happy trails fellow's gonna be a beautiful spring, especially after I get through the next two weeks!


Roxanne said...

You always inspire me with how much you run! I would never consider you to be a lazy person. Honestly, I'm much less intimidated by you now! HA!

Rena and I are starting TODAY walking after school! Maybe we'll build up to jogging!

Heather said...

I hear ya - I absolutely despise running on the treadmill. We have an indoor track here which is really a lifesaver for me since we have such a long winter. My best motivation has been having to nag at Clint to get in shape for Cross Country, so I have been running with him. Keep at it - those two weeks will be over before you know it.

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