Hard run

I decided to test how well I run tonight considering I’ve got the Savage Race coming up in less than two months. 5 miles in 5o minutes in the pitch dark, including running up 3 overpasses. Not too shabby for someone that never runs. And I realized something. I hate running. Not all running. Just that methodical plodding along for the sole purpose of exercise. What a drag!

I like to run while playing sports. Love running with my kids. And running from wild animals and axe murderers is considered preferable to the alternatives. But just running, ugh!

Plus, my shoes never fit correctly because I have funky feet and I have one leg shorter than the other so my gait is always a little off. And I’m lazy.

But part of me wants to do this to show Shade that just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Shade has been complaining nonstop about doing exercises and physical therapy. He gets snarly and weepy and then he shuts down. He knows that exercise is the only way he’s going to improve, but he’s possessed by the evil demon spirit of teenage angst. Can we get an exorcism here, pronto?

So maybe if I show Shade that I’m still running, even though I would rather drive railroad spikes through my feet (which is how my feet feel after a run), then maybe he’ll handle his exercises a bit better.

P.S. I found out another thing about running. There’s nothing creepy about running by a cemetery at night. It’s actually quite peaceful. However, running by the dark woods that border the cemetery will give you the willies. Because that’s where the zombies hide.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tami
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 06:49:28

    5 miles is AWESOME for someone who never runs!! When I run, I start thinking of all the things I could be doing instead of running. Counter productive.
    If you find a vaccine for teenage angst, please send over a double dose for my girl!


  2. Jayne Stark
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 17:09:19

    You and Shade and your family are inspiring people in ways you’ll never imagine. I hope to be able to explain this to you some day. Thank you.


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