|I have officially registered!!!!|
The years since I have graduated have been the first time in my life that I haven't been in the pool regularly. Ironically, after this past year of working out intensely, I think it is fair to say that I am currently in the best physical shape of my life. I am really looking forward to breaking back out the cholorine-removing shampoo, getting back in the water and seeing just what this body of mine can do. The picture below is of me and one of my closest friends who I swam with for years and years, this summer at my grandmother's pool. I don't have any of my old swimming pictures scanned and on my computer!
Running is what has always been a challenge to me. Never in my life have I ever considered myself to be a runner. In elementary school, I was the founder of what I called the "Slow Poke's Club" for the days during Gym class when we were required to run. You could find me in the back of the pack strolling along with whoever was feeling ill that day or who I could convince that the "Slow Poke's Club" was a really exclusive group that they wanted to be a part of. My aversion to running continued with me through middle school, high school, and college. Running a mile was a challenge for me. Wait, let me revise that, even running a HALF mile was a challenge. And I tried. I remember distinctly going for runs with friends in college, trying to push myself, signing up for a 5K with my mom and walk-running my way through, etc. I just could not seem to keep myself moving.
I don't know what got into me the day 3 years ago that I decided not to settle for "not being a runner" and downloading a Couch to 5K program and committing to running a 3.5 mile road race. Although I struggled a bit at first with some knee pain, I attended physical therapy to strengthened my knee, and kept at it. Even though that very first race, I wasn't able to complete it running the whole thing, I didn't give up. I signed up for another race. And THAT one I finished. With friends watching and cheering and celebrating with me at the finish line. It was an amazing feeling.
|Celebrating with another running friend the evening of my very first 5K!|
Here I am years later, with multiple 5Ks and two 10Ks under my belt -- I am running at a pace more than 2 minutes faster than where I started and on the verge of breaking a 30 minute 5K time.
|A pic my Dad snapped of me at the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 2011|
Tackling the giant that running had been to me, I feel like I can accomplish anything. While that delusion is still in my brain, I plan to exploit it for all it is worth. So on August 4th I will be bringing all of these different portions of my life and forms of exercise together to participate in my first triathalon, the Fronhofer Tool Triathlon. A half mile of swimming, 14.5 miles of biking, and 3.1 miles of running... you've got nothing on me. Here I come!
For those of you in the Upstate NY region, if you'd like to race with me, you can register here!