So I’ve been training to run this 10k race in November for a few weeks now, and several things are becoming clear:
1) I can now understand how people end up training to run ridiculous distances. The human body is really good at getting used to things, so, just like with drugs or alcohol (I assume), once you’ve been indulging in something for awhile, you have to up the dosage, because the same old amount just doesn’t do it for you any more. In any event, on Tuesday I ran 5 miles during my lunch break, which would have been unheard of even a couple of weeks ago. So I’m becoming one of those people! At least my pants fit better now.
2) A 10k race is less impressive than I once might have assumed. I’ve deduced this after talking to several friends who are also training to run races—half marathons. Their big races are all much sooner than my big (or small) race. This makes me feel kind of lame, but I’m trying not to let it dissuade me. I’ll get there someday.
3) When I’m running considerably more than usual, I also want to eat more, and I also also want to eat more crap. This came as a surprise to me. I thought I’d be craving leafy greens and carrot sticks. But I’m craving chocolate chip muffins. It’s as though my body recognizes that it is now theoretically possible for me to be eating more, so it may as well be more donuts. And how can I say no to my body for something like that? Especially when it’s stepped up and begun to log way more miles and work harder when I’ve asked it to? I kind of owe it.
Big news! I’ve started training to run a 10k race.
Those of you who know me personally probably know that I like to run a little. I did cross country in college, which involved 5k races. Since then I’ve done a smattering of 5ks here and there, mostly through the jobs I was doing at the time. But this time I’ll be doing twice that amount of running in a race!
It feels good to be training for something. I don’t know that I’ve ever actually ‘trained’ to do any sort of ‘physical’ ‘activity’ before. Yesterday I ran for 40 minutes! In a row! This was big for me. I haven’t done that kind of running in awhile. I usually stop after 20 or so, because I’m sweaty and tired. But not yesterday!
During my last year or so Boston, I used to occasionally run home from work, which did take about an hour. Yes, I am crazy. On certain days I’d bring running gear to work, and then at the end of the day I’d pack a little sport backpack with my necessities and run from my office in downtown Boston to my home in Somerville. It was just so damn convenient; and with the public transportation in Boston, it was actually quicker than taking the T. Plus, I had the extra motivation of ‘the faster you run, the sooner you will be home.’ So that helped. But I haven’t done anything like that in awhile.
So wish me luck! I’m hoping to run this 10k sometime in November. From what I understand, training for races like this is a slippery slope. You start out doing just one and then you keep doing them because you don’t know how to stop. I guess we’ll see what happens.