My running unhistory

Like I said, I’m not a runner. I’ve never really been a runner. I’ve only participated in two organized races in my life – a 5K that I was woefully unprepared for and another 5K that I was moderately unprepared for.

A few summers ago, I started running with a neighbor/coworker. In the beginning, we were exhausted after what was probably 1/4 mile. I live near a neighborhood where a little road winds between fancy ponds and a branch of Beargrass Creek. Few cars take the road, which made it ideal for our slow, erratic plodding. There is a flat, straight length of the road that we called “The Stretch.” It was our goal to run that entire length without stopping. After a couple of tries, we made it. We gradually added more landmark indicators to our course – a dead duck near the side of the road, a daycare we called Tater Tots. Gradually, we were able to run a decent part of our two-mile route.

This sign may have helped the poor duck.

And then one night after work, my neighbor wasn’t available to run. So I ran alone. I ran from our starting line through The Stretch, past the dead duck and Tater Tots. Before I knew it, I had completed the whole course. So I kept running. I finished 1 1/2 laps – or three miles. It was probably the longest I’d ever ran nonstop.

We kept running that summer, eventually logging several miles under our belts. Then one hot, muggy August evening, we hit a wall. We were trying a 5-mile route I had mapped on Google. Right away, everything was off. The temperature was in the 90s, and the humidity was unbearable. We pushed on, though, making it about halfway through the course before I gave out. I just couldn’t take another step. I’d never felt that way before. Looking behind me, my partner was nearly a 1/2 mile back and struggling like I was. I waited for her to catch up, and when she did, we walked home and never ran together again.

She eventually moved, and I took up running at the gym. It’s not the same, though. I’m eager to get back out on the route when it warms up. Until then, I guess I’ll focus on training indoors.

At least there won’t be any dead ducks.


10 responses to “My running unhistory

  1. Ooooh, the memories… I’m sure you don’t miss the heavy breathing and my girly running songs! 🙂

    I’m going to be in town this Thurs and Fri, right across from Tater Tots if you’re up for jaunt.

  2. Best. Blog. Ever.

    I just can’t get the hang of indoor training on a treadmill. I don’t know if it’s the lack of scenery that makes me more aware of how winded and tired I am, or if it’s cause the treadmill doesn’t incrementally slow down as I get tired, but I just can’t make it as far on the treadmill as I can outside. Not that I can make it that far outside either. I got up to 1.5 miles, but that’s my max.

  3. Sounds as if you are a good applicant for the NQRFPTR Running Club. As for running the treadmills, I’d rather have hernia surgery than run on a treadmill, besides, the drugs are better. Running outside, even when it gets cold is far better than any other experience you can have…….well, maybe not ALL experiences.
    We have a secret spy among your midst that will pass coded messages to you to allow you to join us some Saturday for a run and then you will learn the true joys of running in the cold. If you’re really lucky, you may even get to run in the snow with us.

  4. You guys make compelling arguments for running in freezing temperatures, but I’m not convinced yet. I think you underestimate my disdain for being cold.

  5. Get some wicking clothes, and it makes running/jogging/walking in the cold a lot better. It’s all about the clothing this time of year. Just remember to dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer since you will get heated up from running.

  6. Dude, just be warned if you run with Howard – he has a fondness for women’s running clothes. That said, that group is very entertaining. Also, there is always coffee afterward.

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