A Small Win

Monday August 12, 2019 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging

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I’ve been running since March. I started with very short distances. Maybe two miles on a good day. I was trying to prepare myself for a Mini-Marathon in October and figured I would have time to train my body for the longer distance without too much trouble. The last time I did this was nine years ago and I went from not being able to run a half mile to running 8 miles in only a month. I used to run cross-country when I was in High School and then for fun in college, not competitively except for intramurals.

I thought for sure I would be able to get up to distance fairly quickly.

Well, being almost 55 now it was a lot different. I began officially training for the mini-marathon in mid-July, and have been almost making the distances. I am about a week behind schedule, but today I was supposed to run 5 miles for the first time yesterday. I went for it.

When I started I did not feel great. Last weekend I ran four and felt strong. The good news is I felt okay at the four mile point and was able to keep going, unsure if I was going to make it.

I did it!

I have to repeat it this week. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not sure I am going to be able to run 13.1 when the time comes, but the training continues. It is keeping me motivated. There is a mini in May if I don’t make this one, but running in the winter here is not awesome.

Setting goals and accomplishing them is very satisfying. Do you have anything you are working toward?

2 Responses

  1. Thank you, Cousin. I did read and empathize and admire as running is so challenging (swimming more my way to fitness). Now I’m reading you on reading. Definitely expanding my repertoire here.

    1. Hello Cousin! So happy to hear! I would love to swim, but the only place around here is at the Y and I never find time to go there. I swam years ago when I was stationed in North Dakota, but just when I was getting the hang of lap swimming they had to close the pool for some construction and I never picked it up again.

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