It’s amazing what one can learn about oneself in a very short period of time. Several things became clear to me Sunday morning during the 5k run that I thought was a good idea. I hate to bother you with the random bullet points, but that’s actually how my brain works. Also, each one of these thoughts crossed my mind during my “run”.
- Deciding to participate in a 5k run on a whim is not a good idea.
- Cardio exercise on an elliptical or a bike does not translate into being in running shape.
- I should not take a 21-week break from running and then jump right back into a 5k.
- Running on a multi-surface course is not ideal for the out-of-shape (concrete, dirt, sand, gravel, horse poop).
- Yes, I said horse poop.
- Indoor, air-conditioned exercise is nowhere near the same as outdoor, desert exercise.
- Because of my non-existent training I had to succumb to a combo of jogging/walking.
- I think I walk faster than I run. Is that possible? Wow, I’m lame.
- At least I don’t do the funny arm and hip swinging when I walk really fast.
- My mother so kindly referred to me as “skinny” in one of her recent blog posts. God love her, but I have to say that there were many non-skinny people that kicked my you-know-what at that 5k. That confirmed what I already knew - "skinny" has nothing to do with being in shape.
- I was really proud of the non-skinny people making me eat their dust.
- It occurred to me at one point that the longer I took to complete the 5k the more cardio minutes I could report for the cardio challenge. I realize that isn’t the proper motivation one should focus on for a running event, which leads me to some of my concluding thoughts.
- I hate running.
- I was not meant to be a runner.
- I admire those who do enjoy running.
- I need to find a new activity that I actually like.
- I’m contemplating cycling, but that would require me to purchase a bike and that will have to wait. For now, I’ll have to stay indoors in the comfort of my gym.
That’s it for now. I’ve had a couple of lazy weeks during the cardio challenge, so I’m hoping to make up some ground this week. Cross your fingers.