Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I have a confession to make. I have speed envy. I really do. I've had it for as long as I can remember. I have always wanted to be able to run really fast. Now, biology is against me on this one - I am less than five feet tall, and I have short, stocky legs. I have not one speck of athletic talent in my entire body. There's really no hope for any real speed.
Even when I was in the Army, at my fittest, I could run (at best) 8 minute miles. I always easily passed the physical fitness test but never could get the maximum score on the run.
I'm not going to let a silly thing like a lack of speed stop me, though. I started running again about fifteen months ago. Here's a photo of me at that point - I'm the short one on the left.
See those tall, pretty girls standing beside me? They aren't really tall - it's just that my particular talent is making everyone around me look tall!
And, a little more than a year later, here I am again - this time on the right:
Melissa isn't that tall, either, but she looks it next to me! I told you that was my talent!
In the last sixteen months I have lost 18 pounds and gone from running 1-2 miles at a time to finishing two half marathons. Now, to be fair, I'm not exactly a newbie runner. I had simply let my running lapse for many years. But I'm still proud of what Melissa and I have accomplished.
I haven't dieted, either, but I find that the more I run the more careful I am about choosing whole, healthy foods. I'm never hungry, though, and I probably eat more now than I did a year and a half ago. My metabolism has changed and my appetite has changed.
So, while I haven't seen an appreciable difference in speed (and I probably never will), I am pleased with the changes I have seen. And I'll continue to push myself with interval training and hill work and tempo runs. And if any of you have a little pace magic, could you pass it along?
Big Fat Greek Marathon Fund: $62.50
Goal: Unknown (they send out information in February)
Days until our next race: 2