Oh No! We're Running!! New Things Day 13
"Oh No! We're running!" is exactly what Kristen said as we started off down the hill. That's how I felt about the whole experience myself. When I had my hysterectomy in August, I knew it would be six weeks before I was allowed to "sprint" out of the gate again. I didn't really intend to run a 5K in October. I'm not even sure how it happened. All I know is suddenly two people who shared a crappy summer and did not run or take care of themselves in any way, were planning to run 5K, along with a very dismayed third stooge, Kristen.
Let me be honest, I actually hit the pavement again about two weeks ago. Except for small inclines and declines, my course isn't hilly, and I like it like that. I'm easing my way back into the discipline, or at least that was my plan. Then today happened.
I haven't run a 5k in just about two years. For a runner like me - who dabbles and will never set a single land speed record, but who still really does love running - it's a bit intimidating. People can be very serious about running. Very. Serious. Which is fine, I'm just not that person. I'm happy to be sort-of upright at the end. But the competitor in me (and I am very competitive, truly) cringes at the knowledge that I am never going to win this, not even close. I'll be lucky not to embarrass myself. So I'm generally pretty happy to run alone in the early morning hours where I can imagine I am almost an Olympic qualifier.
Oh no! Indeed. Before I knew it, I was running. It wasn't really what I thought I'd be doing this beautiful, cool October morning, but once I was in it, I knew I had to finish. I didn't go as fast as some, but I when I came to the end, I was more pleased with my time than I probably have a right to be. Tonight I'm tired and slightly achy, but tomorrow I'll wake up ready to run again, or at least ready to think about it.
Running is a lot like life. I shouldn't be so surprised to find myself in the middle of the scramble.