November 11, 2007



Today, we had an OYO (on your own) run, only I didn’t do it on my own. My two TNT mentors organized a 4 mile run near my neighborhood. Two other newbies form my ‘hood and I ran on one of the local trails with our mentors. This trail is so near my house and all this time I have lived in this city, I had no idea it was there until today. One of the other newbies was telling us that there is no way she could have completed a 4-mile run on her own. I concur, because I totally lose track of time and distance when I have people to talk to. And for once, I am running at a pace where I can keep up my end of a conversation. When I was in bootcamp earlier this year, I was regularly overexerting myself. But now, with these running coaches, I maintain an easy pace and I don’t tire as quickly. I’m also less sore after a run, not having overdone it. Plus, every time I’ve run with the TNT people, I have made new friends. It is SO MUCH FUN. I don’t even mind waking up at 6:30 am on a Sunday morning to go out.

Oh, but today I realized that the half marathon I’m training for falls on SuperBowl Sunday. So, if my toes hold out until February, and I make it to the race, and then the finish line, I will be useless at any SuperBowl party we might host. It’s possible that I might feel invigorated, having completed a 13.1-mile race, but I’m guessing I will be on the couch, covered with bags of ice. Maybe, instead of using a big tub to hold the beers, Matte can just set the beers on top of my ice-covered self. Then I’d be sort of useful.

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