Somewhere around ten years ago, I was packing an overnight bag, getting ready to go up to North Conway for my BFF Mary’s 40th birthday weekend, when my phone rang. It was her telling me to, “bring sneakers”. I was like, okay…I didn’t really think anything of it, grabbed my sneakers, threw them in my bag and off I went.
Well, when I woke up the next morning on a loft sofa with a nice hangover, there she was saying, “hey let’s go running”. Running? Seriously? (I had quit smoking about 4 years earlier and I hated working out). I was never a runner, in fact the only experience I had with running was the President’s Fitness Award thing that you had to do it each year in grade school. To “qualify” for the award you had a to run a mile and I hated it. I could care less if I got a presidential award for fitness. What was worse for me…as a kid I lived in Florida; running that mile sucked to begin with, but it sucked even worse running it middle of the day in 90 degree heat with what felt like 100% humidity.
Needless to say, it was her birthday, she was a runner, and it made her happy so I sucked it up, put on my sneakers and out we went for “just 2 miles”. I remember how bad I sucked wind and could not breath. I must have made her walk at least ten times. Also, I know me, and I’m pretty sure I bitched and complained the entire time. Despite all this, I also remember some good things: it was a crisp October fall morning, peak foliage, and the air felt fresh. The kind of fresh that feels amazing as you breathe it in and it hits your lungs (even if your lungs are gasping for air from being out of shape). Plus, I was with my best friend and it was her birthday. The road we were on was quiet with no cars and we even saw a little red fox. Okay, the little fox actually scared us and when we saw him we turned around. In fact, thank God for the little fox cause she probably would have made me run longer if he didn’t show up!
The crazy thing is that I never stopped running. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years and those years have flown by. I’m so grateful that I have such an amazing friend and I’m forever grateful she made me run those first 2 miles.
Ever thought about running? Here is a link to Couch to 5K program and Coolrunning.com. Check it out and trust me when I tell you this…it’s a habit you will NEVER regret.