Running and Drinking the Kool Aid

In February, I started running again after a few years break, but it was such a stop and go between not being motivated, it being a lot harder after 40, and the whole Peanut related “stuff” and more “stuff”.  It took me until about end of June to really get serious.  Okay, not serious because that makes me sound like a running buff.  Get more consistent in my running schedule.  Even so, each run was a struggle and not particularly enjoyable.

So I did something I’m proud of; something that’s a little outside my comfort zone.  I hooked up with a running group.  The group is part of a larger organization called Moms RUN This Town (MRTT).  I had signed up for their Facebook group months ago and I had been lurking, feeling intimidated.  The ladies who are active in the group all seem to be these super athletes. They would talk about group runs at a local park and doing double-digit miles!  They talked about their upcoming 1/2 to full marathon races!  I was just at 4.5 miles mark… struggling.

I overcame my natural shyness and put out a post. “I can only run about 4 miles. Is there a way to join the group run?”  They said yes, saying that they did a 2 mile loop first that I could join and leave.  So I did it and after 4 weeks of running with them and gaining desire to run the 6 mile loop with them, I did it. I did 6 miles!  The following week, I did 6 miles again!  And guess what?!  I said something I thought I would never say.

May be I can run a 1/2 marathon… What’s 6 more miles?

Is anyone else laughing with me? Seriously, at the beginning of August, I was in the “Jeez, it would be nice if I could run 6 miles with them, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get there,” to “What’s 6 more miles?”.  And folks, that’s what my running buddies call “drinking the Kool Aid”.  I drank only 1/2 because a full glass would have me aiming for a marathon and that’s a whole different ball game.

Anyway, I’m at 7.5 miles currently and looking for a 1/2 to run in the spring or fall.  I’m giving myself the fall option because once the really cold weather hits, plus snow and ice, I don’t know what kind of running I’ll do.

On that note, I’ve surprised myself again and I reached out to an acquaintance who lives near by and runs.  Again, I was a little intimidated because she runs like 7 min/mi pace and I’m more like 10 min/mi.  But she was really open and welcoming and I got myself a local weekday early morning running group.  It was getting spooky out there, running by myself, with just the moon, the stars and a few random cars for company.

I’m feeling really good about myself currently. The best I’ve been feeling since 3 years ago.  The spring months were so tough with Peanut’s issues and I had start sliding down that slippery slope of depression. It’s such a relief knowing that I’ve, not only halted the process myself, but that I’ve actually put myself in a better place.  So, here’s to drinking some Kool Aid!

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