5.17.2009

Steady

Sometimes I feel like my cat. You know how cats are watchers? Runners make me laugh...especially guys.

I've quietly been getting back into running. No group (yet), just running 5 miles here, 5 miles there, on my own. Quite frankly, I have been surprised how strong I feel. I have kept in shape over the winter with swimming, it has made for an easier transition back into running this season.

Yesterday, I was on the path. I saw a big guy ahead of me. Slowly, I came up on him. When you are a steady runner like me, you work your way up to folks...then pass them. I worked my way up on this big guy...and then passed him. It's always amusing to me when I pass a guy on the running path...

As I pass them, I can see the wheels turning in their head. Are they going to let me pass? Sometimes, the instant they realize a chick is passing them, they speed up. Sometimes, they try to stay with me, hoping that I will cave and fall back (I don't cave). In this instance, I passed him, and it ate away at him. I am a very steady runner. Right now, I have nothing to prove...I'm just exploring running again, trying to decide if I'm running a marathon this year.

Anyway, I passed this big guy, he tried to keep up with me, then fell back. I kept running and didn't give it a second thought. It must have taken this guy about a mile, but he huffed and puffed his way back up and passed me. I had to chuckle, it obviously was a problem being passed by a little chick:P

I am in a good place with running. I'm not stressing Boston Marathon qualifying times. I'm not paying attention to split times. I'm just running, and it feels good:)

Fwiw, I passed more guys than passed me yesterday;)

8 comments:

  1. Good for you! That must feel so great. I can't run around my block with feeling like death. I find it really hard to do! Keep on doing what you're doing! :)

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  2. I know what you mean about the "wheels turning in their head"... Today at the grocery store, a woman was going after the same cart as me. Of course, I had no idea until she RAN up to it and took off. I ask, what kind of person takes a shopping cart away from a conspicuously pregnant woman? WHO!?

    Okay. So that's totally not on par with your running, but I'm fat, out of shape, and it's the best I got... :-)

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  3. Slow and steady... I love that you 'faced' him. Keep running and keep doing what you're doing so well.

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  4. Steady is good. In running and in life.
    Just started running (if I can even call it that since I don't go very far yet). The best part is being able to plug into my ipod and leave my house by myself!

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  5. LOL I loved that you passed a big guy and he had to huff and puff to catch up to you! You should definitely go try for a marathon again. You're the most determined person I know!

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  6. Way to go on the running. I ran 5 miles yesterday and it felt great. I love it when I can pass guys!

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  7. That is funny! He probably couldn't move the next day!

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  8. My husband used to have the same problem when he would pass people in his 86 Ford Aerostar. LOL

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