Part One: I Am Running
I am getting back in shape. Yesterday I truly ran for the first time in a month. Not limp-run. Not hobble-run. But actual run-run. A nice 8:30 pace. Today I ran again. And tomorrow I will do the same.
(Non-sequitur: Today was the second time I have run from my house to my kids’ basketball game. It does make a girl feel kind of cool to leave the house early and say, “See you there.”)
Problem is, I have lost too much training for AR50 and my leg isn’t 100%. If I had to quantify it — as my wise partner made me do earlier this week — I’d say it is at 75-80%, which isn’t strong enough for my first 50-miler.
However, there is no sense crying over spilled milk. I have two fabulous 50Ks coming in the next two months, followed by another attempt at Boston in September, and my goal of two marathons in two weeks in October. I am starting to enjoy my swimming, which creates a whole new set of goals. In fact, my friend was mentioning a local triathlon club being formed. Maybe I will try one of those. I bet I could do a sprint. Although I’d need a bike (LOL).
The world is full of challenge and adventure! One race is not the end-all be-all. Bring it on!
Part Two: My New Running Skirt
I am a girlie-girl. I didn’t even own a pair of jeans until third grade. You won’t catch me in a power suit, even though I am a director at a Fortune 100 company. I like my long hair, lacy tops, high heels, and sleek sophisticated black.
But I am also an athlete. I have biceps and abs and can run for 6 straight hours, fairly easily. I am competitive. I like to take on the boys. I like to win.
I try to merge these two elements of my personality. I don’t like either to suffer. The running skirt, in its only silly way, seems to blend both rather nicely.
When the running skirt craze hit — and frankly I think has subsequently died — I was intrigued. They were cute, but they were also basically a tennis skirt. I played tennis for years. I know a tennis skirt when I see one, no matter what Nike tells me. Then I went to some races and saw some in action. Some were cute, some were not. I decided it wasn’t for me.
Well, last week, I found Nike Dri-fit Core Knit on sale for $11.00 (supporting my notion that the craze has come and gone). So I decided, what the heck. They are still cute and $20 less than any shorts on the rack.
I have now run three times in two different skirts. LOVE THEM. Total convert. They look flattering. They move and feel great, better than the Nike Tempo Track that are all the rage. (I have four pair myself. Not the most attractive shorts ever made.). And for gals worried that they aren’t modest enough, they show far less than most running shorts and actually have shorts underneath.
The running skirt brings together two distinct elements of who I am. Give me my skirt; give me my challenges; bring it on!