Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baby Steps

Many, many moons ago, in the Summer of 2006 to be exact, CG and I started running at the local high school track to get in shape. To clarify, when I say I was "running" I actually mean I was jogging so slow that a fast walker could probably pass me without getting winded. CG jogged.

It was a rough go at first, for me. It can be quite the humbling experience to find out just exactly how out of shape you are. In the beginning, I could run a quarter of the track before having to stop to take a walking break. A quarter of the track is roughly a sixteenth of a mile. Yep. I was exhausted after 1/16 of a mile. But we kept going.....most of the time. By the end of the summer, I could run a full lap before desperately needing a break. That was big for me because I'm just not much of a runner. When your own mother makes fun of the way you run, you know you look funny running and you're not going to keep subjecting yourself to public humiliation.

Our summer of running met a bit of an unfortunate end that year. I was freshly pregnant with Babs and we had gone running after a rain storm which, in hindsight, seems like it was a bad idea. I blamed it on the humidity. Or maybe my body was still adjusting to the pregnancy. Either way, I was very, very sick after wards. As in, I didn't get out of bed the entire next day because I felt so weak. Obviously, I was freaked out that I had done something to endanger my pregnancy and that was the end of the running that year.

After Babs was born the following spring, we started up again at the track. I know we went a few times, but I'm not really sure how often that was. Frankly, that entire summer is a bit of a blur with the background noise of a breast pump.

Fast forward to the Summer of 2009. Monday night to be exact. Instead of going to my usual spinning class, we headed for the track to go running. Now, while I can't brag that I can run 10 miles without breaking a sweat, I was able to run a full lap around the track without taking a break. I might have been able to go further if I hadn't been jumping around telling CG that I'd just done on our first try what had previously taken me the entire summer to work up to.

But it gets even better! On the way home from the track, we stopped at a gas station to pick up a movie at the Redbox. As I was basking in my physical fitness in the van, I put my feet up on the dashboard because I was realizing that I had not sufficiently stretch. An older gentleman walked past and totally checked me out. Because I am HAWT! Granted, he's closer to 90 than he is to 30, but it looked like he still had all his teeth. Sadly, I can't even say that about myself. Now, I know I'm not in good enough shape yet to be getting cat calls and whistles from pot-bellied construction workers, but it's like I said before.......baby steps.

17 comments:

rychelle said...

go you!

i have never been a good runner. i suppose that's why i'm still single....

Kristina P. said...

Well, you are hot!

jwjustme1 said...

You are hilarious!! But good job!

peewee said...

ick. I hate running. I used to love it. But now it made me tired just reading about you running. sigh. Back to my oreos...

hairyshoefairy said...

Way to go!! I'm quite impressed, I must admit. I played dodgeball over the weekend and, uh, it was an uncompfortalbe night that night. And the next day. I think your spinning class has definitely paid off.

Jillybean said...

Yay you!!

I would run, but unfortunately, I'm allergic to running.

Suzie said...

Good job! You're building up your strength. You can thank spinning for that. :) When I talk about feeling a sense of accomplishment after I run' that's what I'm talking about. It's a good feeling even if you're drenched in sweat and your bangs are plastered against your forehead.

Messy Musings said...

And here I thought I had obtained a super workout after planting flowers in my front yard. Sigh.

Never been much of a runner - I even had difficulty with the 50 yard dash in grade school. But - GOOD FOR YOU!!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

I cant run to save my life....no really Im not lying....it makes me winded I like to blame it on my breast bouncing too much and makes it hard to breath but honestly its just Im too out of shape and I just cant do it...Im a walker!!! and right now been doing the bike riding thing.....so I have to say YAY YOU..for getting out there and taking those baby steps...its all about trying!!

Jo said...

Go you! I wish I could have seen you at the blogger lunch!

GreenJello said...

I decided that maybe I wasn't TOO overweight when I was totally checked out by a guy in my age group. And I was with hubby at the time. LOL

Granmacindyprice said...

I hear ya! I was totally hit on by a guy in physical therapy (pool therapy) that was in for his 5th HIP REPLACEMENT. Yes, I said 5th.
That was a dark day.
I haven't stopped laughing about it since. :-) HAWT women must run in our family. Love you-

Brad and Jenn said...

One of my favorite blogs post EVER!! I'm still laughing...with you of course! A bunch of my neighbor ladies go running at night and asked me to come. When I told Brad I was going his response was "You run?" Nice.

peewee said...

did u die running or what? where are u??

Kristina P. said...

Peewee beat me! Are you doing OK?

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I love the concern from your fans. "Did you die?"

Perhaps a post this funny just deserves its time in the sun. I don't even need to see a picture of you to know that you are HAWT.

Oh, and please don't be dead.

-Francesca

The Bollinger Family said...

Getting into running, or back into running is difficult so you deserve some props. I promise if you keep it up it WILL get easier.

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