Jan 02

Monday Musing: A glutton for punishment

RunningSo, my wife gets a text last night from my mom that yesterday was the last day for a discount on entering The Oklahoma City Memorial Half-Marathon and my Mom and I try to do it every year, but this year I was having second thoughts about it.  With a baby on the way Karen and I have kicked it into overdrive trying to get at least half the house finished remodeling, which sounds easy but with both of us working two jobs time gets a little short.  I thought that this year I could just let the half-marathon go by and try it again next year.  I have not been training at all so after my wife told me about the text I had a lot of thinking to do.

At first I tried to think of all the excuses for not running this year.  It would be so easy to tell my mom that I am just too busy to train, which is not exactly true because I could get up earlier in the morning and get my run in.  I also thought that I could say that Karen and I are just saving our money right now, which we are but then how do I justify some of the non-essential expenditures I am sure I will make between now and the race.  I even went as far as thinking that my wife does not want me to run this year so I can be taking care of her more than out training.  After trying to think of all the excuses that I could, and that is exactly what they were excuses, I thought about how good it feels to be out running.  Yes it is painful especially when I am not in shape, but it is such a blissful experience when I am out running and the pain is not there anymore and I feel like I could go for a few more miles.  There is something to that steady rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement and listening to great songs on my IPOD that makes a day more fulfilling if I have my run in.  But first I have to get through the pain and the soreness that will come with getting back in running shape.
Tired Runner

Today I started the first day of my half-marathon program which was a three mile run.  At first my feet, knees, and legs were telling me no way, but after I made it past the first mile I thought, just a few more.  As I got closer to the end of the jog I started to feel a little better about making it to the end, and I made it without walking once.  So, my body did not feel good, but at least I know that I can go three miles without walking now just ten more to go.  Wish me luck.

photos via http://bruterunningshoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/trailrunning.jpg
and http://keepingupwiththewalkers.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/tired-runner.jpg

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1 comment

  1. Karen

    You can do it!!!! I’m so proud of you and all that you do and take care of around here. I know it’s hard to find time to run but I also know that you always feel better after you do 🙂 We’ll have to get one of those jogging strollers so the baby can go with you one of these days!

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