Monday, June 30

Da Do Run Run

I ran a mile over the weekend without stopping. I didn't really mean to. Previously, the furthest I had run was a quarter mile. Once around the track. So I thought I would see if I could run two. Then I felt pretty good after the second one so I thought I'd try for three. After getting about half way around the third time, I realized what I'd done. Now I HAD to run around the fourth time because I was just one tiny lap from making a mile. So I did it. Rocky has nothing on me.

Then, to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I did it the next day, too.

I've always wanted to run. Where this insane desire comes from, I have no idea because quite frankly, I hate it. I've never been into physical fitness and even flunked PE a couple of times because I refused to do what the teachers wanted me to. But I love the lean and mean look runners have. I see someone running who has obviously been doing it for a while and I'm torn between jealousy and thinking they must be missing a few brain cells.

But secretly I've always wanted to do it. And why not? Check them out!

My daughter, who runs sporadically, told me I should run with her ipod, but I've resisted. Walking or running is the only time I have away from electronic devices or a book. It's the only time where I have to completely entertain myself. I think about my wips, my business strategy and what I'm going to eat later that day.

Jane Porter once posted a blog where she wanted to get lean and mean, both physically and in her writing and I guess that is what I am trying to do. Write better books and have a better body. Good goals. What do you think?


Alyson Noel said...

I think: Yay you!
I also think: Better you than me-- I hate running! :-D But for getting that lean mean look- nothing beats it. Though I'm far too lazy to attempt it myself, I'm strictly a recumbent bike kinda girl- mostly because I can read and cycle simultaneously!
But seriously, WTG!

Cara King said...

I have two new kittens, and they do enough running for the three of us.

And I do enough reading for a whole herd of kitties.

That's my philosophy. And even if it's not, I'm still not running. ;-)


Sara Hantz said...

Wow..... what an achievement. I'm seriously impressed. Looking forward to seeing a lean mean version of you in 4 weeks..............YES that's FOUR WEEKS!!!!!!

Bloo Kazoo said...

I would like to be able to run like that... oh well. Good for you!

Trish Milburn said...

Good for you! I loathe running. I figure I'll run if someone is chasing me with a really big knife. :) That said, I was insane in high school, evidently, and was on the track team. I ran the 400m, and I was REALLY bad at it.

Melissa Walker said...

I hate running, too, but there's a really nice park right next to my house, so I do it once a week just to feel like I'm not missing out. I curse most steps of the way. But I always feel GREAT afterward.

Go you!

Jessica Burkhart said...

Wow, yay! :) I'm not a runner, but I walk a lot on my treadmill. Florida gets disgustingly sticky during the summer, so it's inside for me.

Gabrielle said...

I love to walk around our neighborhood. It's quiet, relaxing and lets me reflect on my day. I usually talk out loud and scare all the neighborhood dogs, as I practice what I'll say for projects, interviews and Nobel Prize acceptance speeches. :)

Kudos to you for running!

Wendy Toliver said...

Yay you! Isn't that a great feeling? :)

Whether I'm running (usually not by choice) or walking, I have the best personal trainer. My youngest son, who will be two in August, always shouts, "Go go go, MOM!" I'm not allowed to stop.

If you want to know an amazing YA author who's an insane runner/athlete, check out Mette Ivie Harrison. She even has a tab on her author website
called "Triathlon" ... sheesh!

Gerb said...

Go, Teri! That's a goal of mine as well (write better, better body.) I've got a serious case of writer's butt, but unlike you, I haven't done anything about it yet. You've inspired me. I'll start tomorrow. No, today!