A few weeks ago I began training to run a marathon.
To those who know me this little tidbit of information may come as a surprise. (So please close your mouths.)
Running a marathon has been on my bucket list since I saw Oprah do it. Taking the steps to actually do it however, wasn’t high up on my priorities until now.
What time is better than now…right?
What surprised me was discovering there’s a runner in me.
I’ve had a disdain for running I think, since about fifth grade. I can remember praying to be chosen as goalie when we played soccer so-me, in all my uncoordinated glory wouldn’t have to try to run and kick a ball at the same time…Never mind that I pretty much sucked as a goalie. Somewhere between being a kid and being a teen I’d decided that running was horrible.
In high-school when I played softball running was part of our practice routine. The only part of the run I enjoyed was hearing our cleats beat in unison when we ran across this little patch of sidewalk. I enjoyed the sound of all that plastic on cement all the more so because it signaled my run around the field was almost over.
When I quit playing softball I pretty much quit running.
Last Christmas while my husband was home, he’d wake just before dawn to go for a run…He’s of the running sort. I hated not being able to go out with him, I’d wished that I was fit enough to go out and run the ba-gillion miles he did. I thought it would be something cool we could do together… A few weeks later, when a good friend of mine mentioned starting to train to run a marathon with a group of girlfriends; that was all the push I needed ask to join in, and dust of my running shoes.
When the universe speaks to me…I tend to listen.
The thing is..I never thought I’d enjoy it. Imagine my surprise when during my first “run” a smile spread across my face which led to a giggle and an overall feeling of contentment because I was actually enjoying myself.
Of course it could have been a lack of oxygen, or endorphins, or adrenaline-but I prefer to think that it’s me. The runner in me, newly discovered.0