Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mea Culpa

I broke my promise- yesterday ended up being a very busy day at work with a doctor's appointment thrown in. When I returned home, there dinner to make, laundry to do and a mother in lsw who needed help using the computer.

I managed to DRAG myself downstairs to the treadmill while dinner was in the oven. I was mad- it was gorgeous out and here I was stuck in the basement so that I did not burn down the house. The first mile was tough, but I am not sure any first mile on the treadmill is appealing. I forced myself to change my attitude, reminding myself that I needed to make this effort work. Falling into a trance, I listened to feet plod left, right over and over again. I emerged off the treadmill, thankful I had made the choice to start, because the reality is, a short run is better physically and mentally than none.

So, isn't that life? I promised you that running would not taken over your life but would instead become a part of it.

I am really happy with how you are all progressing. We went over 3 miles on Saturday! How great is that!

When thinking about your group, I always smile. It is so hard for anyone to make the commitment to exercising, because it is all about showing up to each practice. Amby Burfoot, of Runner's World fame, states it best:

The beauty of running is that it's so simple, so adaptable, and so positive. Any healthy person can run. ( And many others, despite assorted physical and mental handicaps, have also succeeded) you learned to walk when you were a child. Running is nothing more than glorified walking.

You might not run fast. And you might not run far. But you can do it. And even if you have to mix walking with your running, you'll lose weight, lower your blood pressure, reduce the street of daily life, and feel a surge of energy.

And those are only the physical benefits. The mental benefits include lowered risk of depression and increased Creativity. Many runners take up the sport because they want to lose few pounds or decrease their inherited risks of heart disease. They continue running for the way it clears their minds every day.

Running is the ultimate individual sport. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are relative to anyone else. You set your own pace and you measure your own progress.You can't lose this race because you're not running against anyone else. You're only running against yourself, and as long as you are running you are winning!

Amby is just so smart!

We are emerging as runners! Tonight's post later about tomorrow's workout....

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