Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Running from irony

My mileage has certainly been down lately as I have been nursing my feet injuries. What little running I'd done was on the treadmill. So, when the weather warmed up recently, I put on this long-sleeved shirt, a pair of running pants and hit the pavement.

(I won this shirt from the Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon organization last January in a New Year's Day Twitter contest organizers were holding. Really very cool.)

Though I was only running two to three miles, I had to stop more times than I wanted to, gulp, walk.

Walking at the end of a steep hill more than once, I imagined what the jerks would say as they would drive by, watching a person struggling to breathe just walking, but wearing a big sign on the front of her shirt that read "RUN."

But then I didn't care. I've had to take some steps back as I heal, but I know my training will increase and I'll be running full steam ahead on those same hills in a few weeks - and then, my shirt won't seem ironic to anyone, but most importantly to me.

8 comments:

Bill G said...

Don't worry about others - you know what you have done and will do again in the future. Injuries stink!

Lora Abernathy said...

Thanks, Bill. You're so right.

Di Tri-ing said...

Just keep going! When I see anyone out walking, running, etc., I always think "Good for them!" At least they are outside DOING something! (and then part of me is jealous that I'm not out with them at that particular time!). :-) Heal quickly!

Lora Abernathy said...

That's how I feel when I see people out, too ... in both regards. :) Thanks for the encouragement, Di.

JFord said...

I have a shirt that reads Athletes Run. I love it cause it motivates me for the same reasons you were talking about. Truth be told, I seriously doubt anyone outside driving gives a rip about my runs but me, but it helps motivate me to run.

Lora Abernathy said...

Definitely felt motivated. Happy training, James.

Lily on the Road said...

I wouldn't worry about what ANYBODY says...you're the one out there keeping active. Good for you, despite your foot issues, Good For YOU!!

Lora Abernathy said...

Thanks, Lily.

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