Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Back to basics

Technically, I started training again for my next endurance event ... the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. Note, I said, "technically". I'm still in a semi-state of denial that I completed the endurance events I've already completed - it's just soooo not me. But I've got the shirts to prove it, as well as the medals they kindly give you when you cross the finish line, so it must be true.

It was almost exactly a year ago that I started training for my first endurance event, the PF Chang's Rock and Marathon in Phoenix, AZ. To read about the first few runs, go here.

And so it begins again. This time, I'm not "technically" running for charity - unless you consider sympathy and pity in the charitable category. (i.e. people feel sorry for me when they see me running). I have to keep in mind, that this time last year, I could barely eek out a mile in 18 minutes (most people walk faster than that) and now I'm somewhere in the the 13 - 14 minute range. So does that mean, it's not where you're going, it's where you've been? Or is it, it's not where you've been, it's where you're going ... and in my case, going slowly.

Although greatly inspired by the 38 year old woman who won the Olympic marathon & Dara Torres who was repeatedly reminded that she was old enough to be the mother of her competitors ... (gee thanks), I'm certainly not an Olympic hopeful - but I am following along at home while sipping wine and nibbling on cheese and making catty remarks about women's beach volleyball.

I'm anticipating the catharsis that will eventually surface - when I transcend the daily grind and enter the running zone. Inevitably it will come with consistent running but ... it hasn't happened yet. I'm still entrenched in the grind and covered with muck (which could be one of the reasons I'm running so slowly or maybe I should just put down the wine glass ;-)).

So it's back to the basics again ... cadence, breathing, stretching, and ice - oh, and lots of prayer.

1 comment:

Vixen said...

You go girl. I will live vicariously through you.