I ran 5 miles today. Well, not exactly ran…I moved faster than a walk, except when I took walk breaks.
For the record, it was 85 degrees! And I am horribly out of shape. So there’s that.
I have been on a bit of a running hiatus for, oh, I don’t know, 6 years?!? I mean, I have been running, or jogging, whatever word offends you the least depending on whether you catch me in the act or not.
2013 was the year of change for me. Running took a backseat. To be honest, I kind of threw running out of the car and sped off without it! I have made attempts, however feeble, to get back in the running lifestyle. It was just never quite right, not like it used to be. And now, finally (!), 6 years later, my brain has finally accepted the fact that it won’t ever be like it was for me.
And that is great! I have accepted my new life, and my new…er…older body!
Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever really WANT to run any kind of long distance again. I lost my desire to get on the roads and pound out the miles. I lost my mojo.
And then something happened. I wanted to run! Just out of nowhere, I realized I missed it. I missed keeping a training log and seeing the miles add up. I missed the tired legs, I missed being able to eat a HUGE plate of pasta and have zero guilt over it. I missed challenging myself.
And here I am today, realizing that 50 is less than a year away. Over the hill. Old as dirt. What have you, but I don’t believe it! I was just 40, when I did a 50 miler and even came in 2nd in under 8 hours!
I’m sharing this with you, dear reader, as you are my witnesses. The Mt. Si 50 mile race is just under 8 months from now, and I will once again run (ahem…finish) this race. And it started today with my very slow, very hot, 5-mile run. It. Is. On!