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The running bug

Posted Feb 18 2012 2:24pm
Y'all it's official - hell has frozen over, pigs are flying, the impossible has happened. I have caught the running bug.

Now, I know that many of you have already caught on to this - I alluded to it slightly on my fitness page, and I might have mentioned it a time or two over the past few months. But I think it's time for the world to know just how serious this bug really is.

Last week, I ran four miles outside...while it was snowing. This morning, not only did I run five miles (no snow this time, thank goodness), but I also signed up for my first official race . Granted, it's only a 5k, but you have to start somewhere right? Since one roomie has an unadulterated love for all things Irish and St. Patrick's Day, and the other likes to run, we feel like hope it's going to be a fun roomie-bonding activity. Nothing says fun like a good group workout!

So this brings me to the part where some people are going to fall out of their chairs (people who knew me in high school and college anyways): if all goes according to plan, I'll be running my first half-marathon in April. Barring injury, I plan to be crossing that finish line and proving my high-school-self wrong: I can and do like to run!

Now, let's get a couple of things straight: I don't consider myself a natural runner. I don't find it easy, I don't always find it enjoyable. I'm not out to break any records, or qualify for the Boston marathon. I don't see any hundred-mile-races in my future (despite being super-inspired to the contrary by a few books ). I do know, however, that there is no greater feeling than the one I get when I finish a run. Despite how hard it was, or how slow I went, I know that I have accomplished something. Something that I would never have dreamed of, even just a year ago.

There you have it! Just like that, I've become one of the crazies. Y'all can expect updates along the way - I'm sure once I get up into the higher mileages, I'm going to have a lot to say. Hopefully most of it is good, and makes me look like this...

And not this.

Copenhagen circa fall 2009, at the Olympic host city announcement: we really wanted Chicago to win!
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