Saturday, January 8, 2011

Kathy Week 54: I Am a Wealthy Woman

For a novice runner, I couldn't ask for a better place to run. There is a middle school track at the end of my street. How sweet is that!!??

This is so perfect. I run out my front door, down the street to the path, and then across the field to the track. That's 1/4 mile. Then I run around the track twice--1/2 mile. Then back home for another 1/4 mile, and I just ran a mile!

I thought it was just the rich people who had something like a track in their back yard. I realize that I am a wealthy woman!

I ran this route on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week. Monday was slightly damp, Wednesday was overcast, and Friday was a light steady rain. Temperatures were in the high 30s or low 40s.

Mark ran with me on Friday, and I was able to run more than him!! Not that I mean to be competitive or anything, but I would just like to point out that this was the first time we've run together that he had to stop and walk while I kept running. Of course I was nice to him about it, but I have to admit that I was secretly just a little tickled.

My weight is still 134. The weather forecast is cold and icky this coming week, so I don't feel any pressing need to raise my weekly goal above three miles for next week. I think it's a good way for me to maintain my commitment to running.

A friend recommended this website for getting started as a runner. I read through the different pages, and realized that I am already way better at running than the "couch potato" status the website describes for beginners.

Are you just getting started on running? Not sure you can do it? You CAN!! I am 56 years old and out of shape, and for years I believed I could not run, but I am doing it. If I can do it, you can too. I don't run fast, and I don't run far, but I AM becoming a runner, a little bit at a time.

Will I lift some weights this coming week? Maybe...
Count calories?? Never can tell...

But for sure, my skinny friends, I will be running.

What makes you wealthy?


Dorothy said...

Friends like you. :) I agree, we are richer than we know!

Katie said...

Lucky you! I didn't know they had connected the path to the middle school. That makes it way more convenient. Way to go on running!

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