I am not a runner.
The most consistent running I’ve done (that’s not a sprint to be a crowd at a store or to chase food trucks), is when I played tennis in high school and had to run before practice.
My coach was super strict and insisted all of his players run a 9 minute mile. Anything less than that was unacceptable. I could play tennis and run around the court but I just was not a proper runner. And thus, shin splints, tears, and 9++ minute miles later, it was just an awful experience.
A lot of my friends are runners, both marathon and social. And it got me thinking, I never beat that 9 minute mile before and even though I’m well past high school and that coach is no longer in the picture, I kind of want to make that goal one day. Or just test myself to know I can run, run properly and complete a race.
And after years of saying I’ll do it, thinking about it or just procrastinating on it, I’ve decided to do it. It’s one of my 2013 goals.
Thanks to a friend, I’m signing up for the Chicago Endurance Sports No Boundaries program, which teaches you how to run, run properly and train you and a group for a 5K in April.
I’m a little nervous but also really, really excited.
Sure, 5K/3.1 miles is probably nothing to some, but it is to me.
As part of my 2013 change, I need to push myself mentally and physically, and this is the first part of that.
Hopefully, this goes way better than tennis practice did years ago.