On a Saturday afternoon in mid-March, I finished a terrible 3-mile run. It was one of many terrible recent runs.
I don’t have a sports agent. Speaking frankly, only one person would care if I quit running. I am married to him. So I called him. He answered from a chair lift in Beaver Creek. I got right to the point.
Me: Matt, I want you to be the first to know. I’m taking a break from running.
Matt: Does this mean you’re not running the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler?
Me: Exactly right. This interview is over. It’s my turn to order at Muffins Cafe. Love you.
I hung up the phone and I didn’t run for a month. I still found myself in DC the weekend of the Cherry Blossom race since Matt was running and I love our yearly trip. I used to live in DC and coming back for a weekend is always a delight.
One of my closest friends, Tricia, lives in DC and is the chief of staff in a congressional office. Tricia had convinced her entire team to sign up for the race with her. Then she didn’t train for it. A natural born leader, she planned to run the race anyway. The day before the race, we had the following exchange:
I love this race since it’s largely flat and 10 miles is a great distance. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s easy. I still have to train for something like this. (Wisdom: Train for all races!) Personally, I cannot *wing* a 10 mile race, but I could maybe wing a 4 mile one.
And about that training, it only went so so. I’ve been running slower than this time last year, I have no idea why. But it’s fine. I think these ups and downs are to be expected.
Anyway, we took the train down and got to DC at 2pm on Saturday. We dropped our stuff off at our hotel. I like to pick a hotel walking distance from the race start. Even if we end up taking a cab to the race (which we did) it’s nice to have the option to walk home.
Want to fall in love with running but have no clue how to get started? If you’re reading this with no running background, I believe in 2-3 months you can develop a long term running habit.
I’m not a running coach, a physical therapist or certified to instruct fitness in any way, shape or form. So why am I writing this post? Because I am a person with nearly no natural athletic talents who has fostered a real love for running and fitness. If I can, you can. I also learned how to ride a bike age 30, so I have some experience picking up hobbies at a mature age. (You know when the threat of failure is fully realized.)
If you’d ever thought to yourself “I wish I could run.” I’m here to tell you, “YOU CAN!” I have a some easy advice that just might work for you. First, let’s define the goal: You are a runner if you run. You don’t need to break a record or stand on a podium to be a runner. You just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
Here’s a step by step plan that will guarantee you become a runner:
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did anyone else get stuck in Saturday’s torrential downpour? I sure did.
Also, help a sister out: Is anyone registered to run the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon this August? I was thinking of signing up and TOTALLY blanked and now of course it’s long sold out. Anyone have a bib (or two bibs) they’d like to offload?
One more thing, you know, while you’re here. I have entry to the NYC Marathon this November. (AHHH!) I’m already nervous! Does anyone have a first-timers marathon training plan to recommend? SEND IT MY WAY!
Here is a review of this week’s workouts:
Monday: Didn’t workout Tuesday: Did some PT exercises in my apartment Wednesday: Didn’t work out Thursday: 4.3 mile run in DC
Oh hello. Does anyone have any tips for not binge eating over the holidays? I don’t have a single one. It’s been cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner over here. All of my protein intake comes from the whole milk I use in hot chocolate, so that’s nice. Balance?
Monday: Soulcycle theme ride with my sister. (The theme was Taylor Swift vs Her Exes). I didn’t love this class, I’ll be honest. I hate how cramped the room is at the 77th Street studio. The rider-in-front-of-me’s ass is unavoidably in my face. I don’t feel like there is any room to do the arm work (at least not with my wingspan). I loved hanging with Jill though. Also,is it basic to go to a Taylor Swift-themed Soul class then get salads with your sister? Asking for a friend.