So, apparently, one worrisome side effect of reaching the half-century mark is that one starts to think in cliches.
|I wasn't smiling like this. Also? I wore a shirt.|
"Okay," I said. "But NO RUNNING." Because I'm sort of allergic to that. Also, I hate the way my butt bounces up and down when I try to run. I need a bra for my butt.
What she and I didn't count on, however, was the effect of peer pressure on my susceptible self. Hey, I thought as we trudged along the race course, the runners are getting done faster. This walking sure does seem inefficient. And I hear there's food at the end.
"Let's jog until I'm tired," I told my friend, who does marathons, for heaven's sake, and was probably sick of walking anyway. So we did that. Back to walking, I noticed people fatter than me getting ahead of us. Oh, no. Can't deal with that. No way I'm less fit than that chick up there. "Let's jog again," I said. And so it went. At one point, my primary motivation was to pass the 6-year-old in front of us, because there is only so much humiliation I can stomach at my age.
The upshot was that we finished in only 40 minutes. I know! I'm practically...um...whatever the running equivalent of Tiger Woods is. We trotted past the Designated Hugger at the finish line (I told you - it's a girly-girl race) and then we ate bananas and drank water and waited to hear if we had won any door prizes (we didn't). So we called it a day and headed to the parking lot, resplendent in our pink race T-shirts and our pink finisher baseball caps.
"Next year?" I told my stunned friend as we parted ways, "I'm running that entire course."
Yeah, that music is sort of what I felt like. Also? Hot. As in sweltering, not sexy...
I'm inspired. Seriously.ReplyDelete
And my upper arms need a bra more than my boobs do.
I hear ya...check this out! It feels like it works, anyway.Delete
I feel like the Rocky Theme should be playing when I finish at the grocery store in 40 minutes. Bravo to you! Go, go, go!ReplyDelete
That's impressive! Have never run any kind of K thing and never plan to, so you are way ahead of me at any age.ReplyDelete
after I stopped laughing at your "bra for your butt" comment, I was very, very proud of you. really and truly.ReplyDelete
I haven't exercised since I ets'd from the Army in Dec of 1989. I guess I could, IF my back was not messed up and I did not do anything to bother my hernia. I noticed the hernia when I was expecting #3, who is now 19, but it has only really been painful in the last 5 years. :PReplyDelete