Took me a few days to finish and post on Facebook and now just adding it here for the rest of the world.
“Prior to last year it had been 19 years since I ran. I had basically retired from being athletic for a good part of that time too.
Back then I could run and was quite able; I just really hated it. A monotonous boring annoying task … Hate hate hate hate hate. Even 6 years ago when I started back working-out to get off of Cholesterol medication … I didn’t want to run because of that long standing hate.
I always felt like a fish running and somewhat still do but …
My decision to take up something I felt so strongly against was a simple one. I wanted to conquer my hate. Thin line shit aside I wanted to love it. So like a date on a calendar I started learning to run again last Mach.
A couple of weeks after my first race on May 1st I sprained my ankle and had to wait till July to start all over again.
It was in the early afternoon heat of July 2010 I realized I liked it way too much to be so bad at running. It was those cool fall days of 2010 that made me realize I was addicted and that I was in love with running and getting better at it every day. I ended the year on a bit of a hip injury and a slow 10 mile New Year’s Eve run in a thunderstorm. That said I went from unable to run 1 mile to running 10 well inside of a year.
It is a contact high (LOL) that has very few equals.
This year for me is about marking dates on calendars with goals and then running them over as if it was a regular Tuesday. They are not all running goals. I still have a 100 mile bike ride to do, a 13.1 mile swim I failed at last summer (long swim last summer 7.5 miles), and an Olympic Distance Triathlon (Chicago). Everyone of which I consider easier by far than running a Marathon; my last goal of the year.
My Calendar was marked Marathon on October 9th. The same day as the Chicago Marathon. I missed registering for the Chicago Marathon because I had to wait to have the money. The charity options are not a tenable situation for me financially.
Soon enough those who are not going to run for what ever reason and have a slot are going to start selling them on places like Craig’s List and such and upwards of 1000+ people will be forced to run under the name of someone else. I have this option, but I don’t want to be forever looking up someone else’s name to see my time and place.
My Calendar was not marked Chicago Marathon as it was the idea of running a marathon in-specific to the place but another date and goal on my calendar to run over.
These goals I look to achieve this year are all about my goal of 140.6 miles of Swim, Bike, & Run in 2012. Proving to myself I have the ability to train for these goals individually then I am ready for next year.
As much as I love running, running is very harsh on me, and I am not to be mistaken as a natural. It exposes my flaws quickly and reminds me that I retired once a long time ago. Waking up at 5 am to put ice packs on your hips. This is not glamorous. This is ugly, this is a fish running even as I get faster I am still just learning. I am still meeting goals by brut force and sheer will.
Maniacal I am, I know when to back off and when I can push it and their is always a couple of good kicks left in me at the finish.
I wrote the other day on 42Mac (Twitter): “Flexibility means taking a rest day when the body screams at you “Hey, take a break old man”. I flipped him off & had fries for lunch. ((:” “