Over at the DG, I write about my ambitious plan ... to run a 5K. It might not sound like much ... unless you never imagined doing such a thing.
Anyway, here's an excerpt:
"I started running a few months back, and it’s definitely having an impact.
For one thing, I feel stronger. I’m less winded when I hike and ride my bike, and I’m more relaxed — running seems to clear my mind of all the mental garbage it accumulates during the day.
That said, I’m still very much a novice runner. My longest run has been about 40 minutes, and I remain in awe of anyone who has ever competed in a marathon or a triathlon. But I am gaining confidence, which is why I’ve sometimes found myself thinking, 'You know, I could probably run a 5K,' as I run in circles around Lincoln Park or Empire State Plaza.
I dismiss such thoughts immediately, of course.
I remind myself that I’ve never liked running, and that running in an organized event has never appealed to me. Not long ago, my friend Kim suggested that I might enjoy running in the Boilermaker, a 15-kilometer (9.3 miles) road race in Utica. 'You like beer,' she said. 'And it ends at a brewery.' But I was unconvinced. “I’ll never do that,” I remember thinking.
And who knows?
Maybe I never will."
Click here to read the whole thing.