Turning 50 Makes You Do Crazy Things…
I turned 50 in May. Wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. We had a big party and celebrated with lots of friends. But it wasn’t a life changing day…
but now, now all of a sudden I’m doing crazy things!
I’m running…well training to run…training to run a 5k!
Those of you out there in cyberspace who actually know me and have met me face to face are probably laughing right now…I don’t blame you, I kind of am, too. After all, it ME, and I’m running! I always said the only time you’d see me running is if I’m being chased by someone/something!
But in an effort to get/stay healthy I’ve been walking with my husband and friends most evenings. We average between 2 and 3 miles each night and it feels good. But I kept getting this urge to break into a run. My friend Kari has done the 3 day Walk for a Cure twice and she told me that in her training she would get the urge to run so she just did it. So I decided the next time I felt that urge, I would do it.
I was out by myself, walking in the morning around the picturesque town of Amherst and all of a sudden it hit me…run, whispered my inner voice…no, I whispered back…RUN…there it was again! So I took a deep breath and said, OK! I’ll run to the end of that fence…and I did it! I broke into a run 4 different times on that walk…and I thought I was going to DIE! But here’s the thing, I didn’t. And I wanted to do it some more. So I talked to my son, Erik and told him about it and he mentioned the Couch to 5k Program (C25K) and told me to Google it. I did and thought, okay. Maybe this is something I can do…what?
Let’s go back 35 years…
Pearl River High School, Pearl River NY. Gym class. We are required to run or walk a 12 minute mile. Sounds easy on paper. It took me forever to accomplish it! I would get very painful shin splints but since I didn’t know what they were called, my gym teacher made me keep going. Ugh. I used to do gymnastics, I played softball, I swam, nothing competitively, but I wasn’t a couch potato. We walked everywhere. But I could NOT do this 12 minute mile. It’s a wonder I didn’t fail gym class!
Now let’s jump forward…
I AM a couch potato…sure I’ve been walking in the evenings but it’s more of a stroll. Hardly even broke a sweat. And all of a sudden with the help of the C25K, I’m running! Sure, I’m not running 3.1 miles yet, but with 2 weeks into the program, I will be in 7 more weeks! That’s less than two months to go! And here’s the really crazy thing, I’m enjoying it! That’s right, I’m not being chased by anything/anyone and I’m enjoying it! Who knew?!?
Maybe this isn’t the craziest thing to do when you turn 50…
Maybe I’ve got something else planned for my 50th year….
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You go girl!! So now I’m feeling lazy…. Think I’ll read up on this! 🙂