Earlier this year, I came across a Facebook post of a very fit celebrity who stated something like, “I went out for a run today and unintentionally ran a half marathon.“
Huh? Well, boy-oh-boy, that made me feel a whole lot better about my exercise regimen and physical strength.
Actually, I admire people who run for exercise or compete in 10K’s, half or full marathons. It takes a certain mindset, a focused determination, to train for a race or be consistent in a daily or weekly routine.
I know a woman through work who ran a 100 mile race two years ago and finished. She was always training (running, swimming, biking) and I would run into her at the local gym on occasion, when I was actually going there. I can’t imagine, not even for a second, how someone can run that distance and not fall over dead. Equally, it’s hard to imagine biking that distance, although I never questioned the abilities of the Tour de France athletes.
I made an attempt to run track in school, but my heart was never in it. When the coach made me jump hurdles and I fell over one in a race, that was the end. I lacked the willingness to practice further in order to be good at it, plus I was so embarrassed by that one incident, I didn’t want to put myself through it again.
In my 20’s and 30’s, exercise was here and there and mostly not there. I was tall and thin and didn’t see a need to go to a gym or jog down the street. My activity was work, running errands, chasing around on the weekends, going for an occasional walk, cleaning house, etc. I wasn’t strong, but I had a lot more energy then. I simply did not see the value of regular exercise or building muscle. Yeah, stupid then, but at least I learned a better lesson in my 40’s and beyond.
I still don’t run, but I bike, practice yoga, lift weights, go for walks, etc. I’m not the strongest because my 63 year old body allows only so much, but what I am is far better than nothing. If I had to run for my life now, I would lose. Horrifically lose. Unless, of course, I had my bike or ninja fighting moves. Or in addition to running for my life, I was running for a year’s supply of dark chocolate and cash in the bank.
Kudos to the runners and joggers and fit celebrities out there who are passionate about what they do and have a consistent practice. You are rock stars!
Keep running and enjoy the scenery. I’ll be sure to wave to you from the outside patio of my favorite bar (post pandemic) or when I pass you on the local bike trail. I may not be as strong as you, but I’ll be faster.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “run.” Use it as a noun, a verb, use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!