Until recently, I’ve run only while being chased or to get to the front of the buffet line. However, I got a jump on my healthy lifestyle change I discussed in my last blog by joining “My First 5K” class at Running Wild. While I’ve also maintained the same belief as my friend Tony, a.k.a. “Big Daddy,” that as soon as I see a runner smile, I’ll do it. Albeit the first few classes of the 12-week training were tough, I think I’m going to like it. And when I say tough, keep in mind that the only real physical activity I engaged in during my formative years was high school marching band with some very poorly-played tennis. I have a few friends in the class, and I’m making some new ones each session. Unfortunately, our social time is cut short during runs as I slip out of conversation range while slipping farther and farther towards the end of the pack of runners. And that’s only in the event I can muster up some audible banter during my wheezing inhalations and exhalations. One of the questions asked by the Running Wild instructors, whom of which I loving refer to as drill instructors, is “What is your main goal you hope to achieve from this program?” I thought about stating the obligatory “to achieve an overall healthy lifestyle,” but in reality, I’d be OK with not sweating like Chris Farley every time I walk up a flight of stairs. There’s also homework. When we’re not being herded around East Pensacola Heights twice a week, I’ve been empowered to occupy the remaining week days with walking, elliptical, swimming, and my favorite, resting. Yes, resting. As I’m fully aware of the importance of giving your tired, poor and huddles masses of muscles a break, I cannot tell you how excited I get about our days of rest: Thursdays and Sundays, which obviously Running Wild shares the same theological belief that on the seventh day, we shall rest. Amen to that. I hope you’ll cheer me on at the Bayou Hills 10K/5K Walk/Run on March 19. By then, I’m goaled to actually be able to complete a 5K without the help of the emergency car used to bring up the rear.
Sunday March 9th 2014