As some of you may already know, I was "peer pressured" into running a 200 mile, relay style race. Now don't get your panties all in a bunch, it is not a marathon. It is a race with 11 other runners on your team over a couple of days. We get a significant break in between each "leg" and most of us don't have to run more than 5 or so miles. 5 miles doesn't sound too bad, right? Its a hella lot when you are not a runner.
From reading my blog, you have gleaned a couple of things 1- I like zumba, 2- I like to dance, 3- I like to consume lots of empty calories. None of those are conducive becoming a great runner. My tostadas with sour cream and shredded cheese that just fell onto the keyboard, yeah, that's definitely not helping. (and the fact that its almost 12 and I am eating junk, might be a hindrance also, but I digress.) Although the zumba, and dancing/coaching dance are pretty decent workouts, they are a different mindset. With those you have to go go go for a couple of minutes, and then you can get a break, with running- it aint like that. You have to go go go for a lot of minutes!
In order not to kill myself, I am doing the training program for the beginners. Now, NO ONE else on my team is doing the beginning program. I guess I am the only true beginner. Either that, or the others are over achievers. I'm happy with being mediocre or lower. You have to have a baseline, right? If any of my other teammates thought they were poor runners, they can just compare themselves to me, and I am happy to be the confidence boost that they need. Go team go!
Next week begins week 2 of our 20 week training. Although I am looking forward to my manageable 15 minute runs this week, I have not forgotten that week 17 will be here before I know it. If I manage to stay alive through the ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY minute run, I will most certainly blog about it. Until then, I'll track my progress. And I promise bloggy world, I will check back more often. I have so much to write about and so much to say.