First of all…
I’m running for Comer Children’s Hospital. Please forward this to as many friends as you can.
I’ve been true to my recommitment to running all while having a blast with my fancy dancy new Garmin watch. I’ll have you all know that my train home has a slower average pace then I do! I timed it.
Running around the neighborhood has turned out to be really nice. The fears that I had before seem, so far, to be completely unfounded. I did finally give up running on the sidewalks, though, as so many of them are uneven, broken up, or just a pain in the butt. Running on the street is going to take some getting used to. One of the main streets, 111th, is surprisingly busy at the crack of dawn in the morning. When I say busy, I mean four cars and a bus passed by me as I ran so maybe busy is too strong of a word. Still, one of the cars went by really slowly and way too close for comfort. I assume it was a creepy guy checking me out. It did make me reassess the wisdom of running in the street, though. For now I think I won’t let one creepy guy chase me off the road. Besides, it’s not entirely his fault. Nature made him creepy, and as a runner I have a back side that inspires creepy-guy creepiness.
Which actually brings me to another thought. I’ve been running for about two and half (or more, I forget) years and yet I’m still a “beginner”. I start and stop so much that I’ve haven’t really given myself the opportunity to progress much. Here I am now having to really start my training for the Hot Chocolate Run practically from the beginning. My average pace is back to about a 12 minute mile and a 5K is my average run distance. With all of this, I haven’t really had the opportunity to ever join in a conversation about PRs. I’ve decided that that’s a mistake on my part. A PR is exactly what I need to keep myself on track. The thing is, PR in everyone else’s sense of it has no meaning to me so I’m going to give it my own meaning.
I’ve come up with a few ideas to try out and see which one really resonates with me.
Posterior Righteous: Consistent or not, running has given me a tight, round, well developed rear end that sits up high. At my age, that’s an amazing thing – something worth being proud of. How many almost-fifty year old women do you know who can pass the pencil test?
Priority Reset: It’s all too easy to let all the other things roaming around in my head like feral cats lead me to forget or ignore what I know is truly important to me. When I start getting further and further from my core priorities, I definitely need to remember to reset.
Pizza Remover: There’s a joy to being able to join my friends and have that slice. I know that running regularly will all but cancel out any occasional indulgence. It allows me to enjoy myself without the constant fear about what I eat. It allows me to not have to be one of those people who weights their food and counts every calorie. I am working hard to eat better, and I am on a diet, but I tried that calorie counting thing and I was miserable every minute of every day. I never want to go back there again.
Planned Retirement: I know I may yet be far away from being really old, but I still think about what I should be doing now to help ensure a good quality of life when I do get old. Hell, isn’t that why everyone contributes to their 401(K)? I contribute to my 401(K) so I can live indoors and I don’t have to learn to eat cat food and I contribute to my running account so I can be as vital and healthy as possible when I get old.
I’m not sure which PR I’m going to settle on, but I think I’ll try them all on for size and see which one inspires me the most. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them.