Sunday, November 15, 2009

Note to self...

I went running again 3rd time for the week. I was really proud of myself, and I finished my workout with a little more ease than before. I also learned an important lesson...don't run when the "real" runners are on the track.

I thought, oh, it's Saturday morning, the track will be empty...WRONG! The first people I saw were a coach and a high school track kid, who easily ran lap after lap as I jogged one minute, walked one and a half, jogged one, etc., while desperately gasping for air towards the end of every one minute run. The kid put me to shame, making it quite obvious that I'm still in the "couch potato" portion of the "Couch Potato to 5K Plan."

Finally, the kid finished, and I thought, great, I'm almost done too, maybe I won't see anyone else...then the bikers arrived. A couple, probably a good 10 to 15 years older than me, came up on their bikes, parked them, and started running the bleachers before they started their laps at the track. Once again, I, the fitness trainer and gym manager, was put to shame.

All in all, despite having to share the track with "real" runners instead of newbie wannabes like myself, I was proud of myself for running, however slow it was. I feel great - even though I already work out regularly, I think adding something new to the routine is great. I just kept telling myself that one day, before too long, I will be one of them...I think.


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