Running Update-Week One: CRAPPY

Week One of running is over and all I have to say is that running totally bites the big one. 

Just getting ready to actually begin running takes planning of epic proportions. 

First, I have to find someone to watch Leah.  Then I have to find something to wear while running. And lest you think that I am talking about some cute little fitness get-up--NO.  I just need to make sure that all of my parts are er, well supported, if you know what I mean.  I try to show as little skin as possible.  Believe me, it's for the better.

Then, I have to find my gel insert for my left foot arch, some sort of head sweat band, an arm band for my ipod, those damn ear buds that give me a headache.  All the moons must align so that Venus is in retrograde and Confucius must have deemed this a proper running day.  I have to check the Farmer's Almanac....ok, I'm kidding.  But not about the clothes, the gel insert, the head band, and the ipod with all of its accoutrements. 

Oh, and finding someone to watch Leah.  Because the last thing I want to (translated: can) do is run while pushing one of those jogging strollers.  I am concentrating too hard on not breaking my ankle(s).

Add that to the fact that last week I was driving  to a place with flat streets so that I could run and not see anyone that I knew....well, that didn't last.  I now run around my neighborhood and if the neighbors see me, who cares.  If they have time to be watching then they have time to be standing on the side of the road handing me little cups of water. 

Two things of note this week:

1-Greg asked how it was going, and I told him that I am the slowest runner that I've ever known.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that most of the running world wouldn't even consider what I'm doing running.  He then said to me, "Oh, so no one's passing by and yelling 'Slow down!,' huh?"  

That one, as supportive as an athletic cup, right?

2-I was talking to some co-workers about the program and told them that I was pretty sure that running never becomes enjoyable, just maybe sucks less.  My boss then told me that my short-term goal should be to find "The Absence of Suck."  Hehe.  Ok, then, it'll be my quest.  I'll let you know when I reach it.  (Don't hold your breath.)

So, I am chugging along.  I am ready to begin Week Two's podcast, which will probably kill me.

At the rate we are going, I should be able to run a 5K by the time I'm 56 years old.  Can't wait.

Thinks mommy's gel insert should go in her sneakers. 

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april said...

Run Dana run!!
lol Maybe I'll join you one day. Just make sure you don't leave me on the side of the road.

Andrea Clayton said...

I really admire you for running! I've only managed 2 days. Someone asked me this question "Have you ever seen someone running that looked happy?" My answer: "No"