Monday, July 07, 2008

Cue the Music

Today was the day. The gauntlet had been thrown down. I had no choice. Today I attempt three miles or die. Now I realize for those of you who are, shall we say physically fit, that three miles isn’t a BIG deal. It’s just three miles. Something that you could do in your sleep, but for a girl like me, three miles is large. Not huge, not monstrous, but larger than say two and half.

I was pretty darn sure I could walk three miles, but could I run it? Could I run part of three miles? Any of three miles? Would my knee rebel and lock in place? Would my hip suddenly plan a mutiny with my thigh and render me wounded and helpless? Would I lie in a pathetic, crumpled heap upon the black recycled tread of who knows how many old tires? Would there be laughter?

Drum roll please

YES! Not only could I walk three miles, but I could jog nearly half of it.

From goal post to goal post I jogged.

My hip hurt and said, “Hey, Idiot Girl! What do you think you are doing?”

I said, “Shaddup”.

My knee said, “Excuse me? Fat girl? Have you forgotten that fat girls don’t do this sort of thing? Wouldn’t you rather have a nice piece of chocolate? Slice of pizza? Starbucks frappe-dappa-mocha chino?”

I said, “Forgetaboutit”

And when I rounded that final lap (lap 12 if you’re counting) I started to smile. I could hear the Rocky theme in the background. My eyes filled with tears. I’d done it. I’d picked up the gauntlet and ran with it.

I am woman and I jog.



Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congratulations! It's so satisfying when a personal goal is met. Before you know it, you'll be running marathons.

I couldn't run two blocks. However, I do work out at the gym. I guess that counts for something.

Susan :)

tootie said...

Congrats!! You have accomplished so much with this run! Even just the courage to try is more than most people can say.

Keep going, and don't give up!

The Sweet Family said...

Congrats to you! What a wonderful milestone for you. I think I will use you as my inspiration...

Have a great week!

TJ Brown said...

Yep, you pretty much rock!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I am pumping my arms and saying, "Yesssssss, yessss." I so remember the feeling as I reached that point. And then it only gets better till that day you can actually RUN the entire 3 miles. It is going to take me a long time to work back up to that but I can't wait to feel it all over again.


And only cool girls spell it "shaddup." =)

Patti said...

3 miles is amazing...go you!

Barrie said...

Go, you! You should be very very proud of yourself!

Kiva said...

Congrats on reaching another goal. Go for it.