So, this past Christmas, I was exchanging gifts with one of my good friends and she told me that this year was going to be a different sort of gift and that she hoped I liked it. She then proceeded to display four or five seemingly identical letter sized envelopes. “Pick one!” she instructed.
I chose and opened the envelope to find the registration form for an upcoming 5K Trail Race here in San Diego. She explained that she thought we both could use the motivation to get back into running (something that had slacked for both of us though more me than her) – and so the gift was that she would pay the registration for the event for both of us. Good idea since I’d definitely put on the pounds over the holidays and wasn’t (and still am not) very happy about them.
Well, the race is Sunday morning and since about February I’ve been getting out at least once a week (in addition to playing tennis 1-2x per week, too). It was pretty painful getting re-started again (though this time seems like its taking longer to re-establish any sort of form or stamina – stupid age!) – but I’m getting there.
So – I’m just about to head out for what’s likely to be the last run before the event – and will try and get in 4+ miles so that I know that the 3.2 on Sunday morning will be covered – though I have to admit I wasn’t so thrilled with the elevation map for the course.
The other week she asked me what my goal was for the event. I told her that it was to set a time-mark that I could shoot at beating in the next event that I do. I guess the gift is still working.