Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hitting the Road

I never thought I would say this. I have started running, an activity that I have spent years of my life terrified to do. Thanks to my dear friend Chris, an epic marathon man and all-around athlete, I've found a shiny new outlet for all of this post-MFA energy.

My Running Gear
All geared up and ready to go!

Yesterday marked my first run in a very long time.  (We're talking years.)  I hit Holly Park in Bernal Hill and did just a smidge over a mile.  Thanks to a sweet app called RunKeeper, I've got a great way to keep track of my times, distances, and trails.  (The math of this keeps me intellectually motivated in a way I hadn't anticipated.)

And you know what? As totally freaked out as I was to start running (I'm a poet, not an athlete, people!), and as much as my lungs felt like a burning pit of doom, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  (Yup. Still pretty shocked.) I'm trying a trail in Foster City after work today and hopefully will get a little more distance in this time around.

Here's to getting speedy!


Kyla said...

Congrats on starting running again! I unfortunately have pretty bad asthma, so running is pretty tough for me :/ That app sounds pretty neat though!

Monica said...

good on you for taking the plunge! for doing something you've been wanting to do and going for it!


Bucho said...

i ran track during junior high and high school (110m and 300m hurdles if you can believe that). i almost miss running, but i've got shin splints, a way thirsty liver, and too much writing to get done to be able to do it anymore. i'm stuck with the ellipticals :(

♥ Nadine said...

Congrats on that success.
This spring, I started running with my bff, who trained for a 10ks run, but after some time I quit.

I really liked it, especially the fact that you can go whenever you have time.

So, I'll keep my fingers crossed that you'll stay in the spirit. And maybe I'll start again, too.