Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Two Year Marathon
It's been a gloriously cool, clear north Florida winter day. The low last night was in the 20s and by the time I got into work, it had warmed up to freezing.
My kind of weather!
After picking ZBoy up from school today, we went out to WalMart to try and find some stuff to dress my fixed up bathroom with (once I've finished it). Didn't find one thing that I liked! Amazing. Will have to check out Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond. Or use the shower curtain from the other bathroom.
When Z and I got home, I made dinner and on impulse, decided to take Kida for a walk around the neighborhood.
It's been a long, slippery slope from the holidays. Little overindulgences turned into regular ones. Yes, I gained a bit of weight back. I've also lost a little, but not nearly enough to make either me or my doctor happy. He wanted me to do a modified Atkins, but I just can't hack it. I am back to making better choices - today I had soup and half a sandwich for lunch AND we walked to and from the restaurant. So mentally, I was already primed to do something.
Kida and I started out up our gentle hill, and as we rounded the corner near the top, I started jogging.
There was no thought involved - it just happened. And something else happened. I felt lighter than air. It was amazing! I did it for about 45 seconds, then I slowed to a walk, but I was thrilled. Kida was thrilled. Something besides plodding along in the dark! We walked for a few minutes while I caught my breath (it's been a while since I did real exercise), then we did it again! Oh my!
Oddly enough, in all the years my doctor has been seeing Fat Me, he's always thought of me as a long distance runner. He says that's just how he's always seen me. And suddenly, the possibility seems real. I loved those two little jogs. I want to do it again - and again. Until I'm jogging for the whole "walk". Then maybe running.
I mentioned it on my Facebook - and my friend Alice in Wonderbread saw it. She had been planning to run in a race this spring, but a serious burn cancelled those plans. But the yearning is still there. Obviously, it will take me a while to actually learn how to run without hurting myself, and she asked if I'd be interested in doing a marathon in a couple of years.
YES! New York and Boston are pretty crowded and over popular, so we thought about where we wanted to go and picked a race based on that.
Come May 2011, I should be writing about running my first marathon in Vermont - at age 49. Wouldn't that be something? The thought amazes and thrills me like you wouldn't believe.
Alice recommends the Jeff Galloway run/walk method. I need to check out his book, MARATHON!
I can't wait to get started!