Monday, June 8, 2015



13.1 = 21K = a Half Marathon.
WHAT was I thinking?

Yes, I agreed to run a half-marathon sometime the next school year.
I have a cheerleader/coach who is fabulous.
She is running 4000 miles across the US this summer 
as part of a cancer awareness group.
(It's the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.)

We have coffee every afternoon during the school year.
I've heard her talk about training and running and gear.
I saw her elation when she ran her first half-marathon.
I've watched her become addicted to races and thought - what the heck?

So, I found a program to take me from couch to 21K in 20 weeks.
(It's from this site:
I found an app that sets my time for me and plays my music.
(It's called Gymboss and it's free.)

I hit the road just after 7 a.m. this morning.
It felt wonderful!  I ran a minute and walked two...ten times.
Thanks to my elliptical my thighs and hiney were fantastic.
My calves protested after the first 1/4 mile.  Different muscles.

My tried and trusty shoes gave me a blister after mile 1.
A blister!  What's up with that?
(I've had them for 4+ years that I can remember.)
They are getting retired and replaced tomorrow.

While walking I keep track of nature for entertainment.  
There were some wins and losses.
I saved 3 night-crawlers from death on the hot, sandy road.
I saw 2 crushed frogs.
I saw this awesome snail/slug/bit of slime.
He's about 2 1/2 inches long.

I finished my "challenge" hot, sweaty, and elated.
Morning meditation on the patio helped with cool down.
A cold shower, breakfast quesadilla, and icy water helped my mood.
My muscles are tired.
My body aches.
Thank goodness I don't have to do it again until Wednesday.
But you know what?  I did it.
And I will do it again and again and again...
until I can do all 13.1 miles!

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