Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
I have no brilliant words of wisdom tonight. No runners to interview. No virtual race to report about. Just the simple realization that: I am fit.
Yesterday I ran (run-walked) a half marathon. I didn't do it for me, I was supporting a friend on her adventure. There were times I checked my watch (like every mile) and calculated when I could finish if I were running for me (which I wasn't). My point I guess is I did it, with only fitness to get me there. I had run my full marathon October 17th after 3 weeks off for the bursitis in my knee. I then did a 5K mud run on Halloween and a 50K bike ride on November 7th. Oh wait there was my 2 miles on Friday before this half marathon. But nothing in between any of those things. My point? No training plan. I planned to do a "casual" half marathon and I did. In May of this year I ran my first half marathon since 2006 and it was only my 3rd at that. I cried when I finished, I was so proud of myself. I did not cry after finishing my marathon in October (only my second, but my first since 2006). I did not cry after my half on Sunday. Why no tears? Before I had trained to accomplish what seem like really challenging goals. The full and the half I just recently completed, I expected myself to be able to finish and was (shall I say it?) CONFIDENT in myself and my fitness level.
I don't know exactly when this happed, but it did. Exercise, methodical or not has saved me. Literally: in the physical sense (I am skinnier now) and mentally (I have much higher self-esteem). Now it is my job to preserve my human being, mind and body. Thank you running, biking, swimming, yoga and anything else I can possibly squeeze into my schedule in whatever inconsistent doses. Some is better than none. Maybe my new year's resolutions will include consistency, who knows.
- For my family who supports me staying healthy through exercise.
- For my physical therapist who is helping me with this knee bursitis junk.
- For Triple Chocolate Chunk cookies courtesy of all the employees who had to fund raise for their kids.