Saturday, September 22, 2007

On Running

Tomorrow at noon, Sis and I are running another race. This time, a 10-mile. She rationalized it as preparation for the upcoming half-marathon on October 7th. I secretly think she's trying to kill me.

When we ran the 5-mile on Labor Day, Sis humored me and we ran side-by-side the entire race. And then, later, she was semi-pissed when I admitted that I probably could have run a little faster.

You see, our running philosophies are completely opposite. Sis is constantly striving to improve her distance, time and pace. Every time she runs.

Me? I'm just psyched when I'm done running. And happy that I didn't completely collapse in a puddle of my own diarrhea and vomit. Seriously.

[Ummm...tomorrow may be ugly. While Sis went out tonight for a nice pasta dinner to carbo-load before our run, I went here and ate this. I feel bad for whomever's unlucky enough to be running behind me.]

As I was saying, I don't like to shoot my wad.

Meaning, I'm terrified of trying to keep a pace that's just too quick and uncomfortable for me. Therefore, I run steadily, albeit a bit slow, and like I said, am ecstatic when I'm FINISHED.

Sis has already forewarned me that she's not afraid of leaving me in the dust tomorrow. That I have to keep pace with HER this time. But I know if I try to keep up with her, I will fizzle out (my wad will be shot) and will render myself not only unable to breathe, but crippled as well. Uh, no thanks.

Eagerly anticipating the finish line so I can be DONE, I will simply plod along at my own comfy pace.

Besides, we all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, right?


Kara said...

I agree, slow and steady FINISHES the race and that's always my goal. Also, in the TMI category, I take an immodium before I race anything longer than a 5k.

It works.

painted maypole said...

Hey, maybe that gas will help propel you. We've all heard the expression "cookin' with gas" right? ;) Good luck!

Sarah said...

Ah, that Immodium may not be a bad idea.

I'd DEFINITELY be the tortoise!

Amanda said...

Umm, you are such a mom of boys. I cannot believe you used wad twice. I relish the post that regales us with the first time on of your boys told you he blew his sister's favorite slam for me when she was six?

Olivia: (mostly) Happy Homemaker said...

You'll do great! Good luck!

Prunella Jones said...

Wow, you rock. Seriously I feel like barfing just thinking about running five miles. I don't think I've ever run that far. It's pretty hard to run in four inch heels.

Angela said...

I was always slow and steady in highschool and I was always the first girl to finish.

Carla said...

Go! Go! Go! I am so proud of you for starting AND finishing!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Hope it went well!!! I'm not sure I could walk 10 miles!

Anonymous said...

good luck! maybe you'll be leaving your sis in the dust!

Unknown said...

Oh, that burrito looked soo good! Why can't there be a Moe's here?


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