Now I’m Really a Runner
If you’d told me a year ago that I’d voluntarily drag my butt out of bed at 6:00 a.m. on a cold, wet Saturday to go running in the cold and wet and actually be happy about it, I would’ve told you you’re crazy. C to the RAZY, man. But that’s just what I did this morning. After training for almost 6 months with AustinFit for a half-marathon, I feel I can say I’m really a runner. I got up in the wee hours (or what I consider wee hours, anyway) to run (sometimes wade) 7 miles, making sure to get in my last long run before the 3M Half Marathon. And just a couple of weeks ago I completed my first-ever double-digit run (10 miles). And I enjoyed it. Me, former Expert Couch Potato. Weird, huh? But I really do dig this running thing now. Not only do I feel healthy and fit, but it reminds me of some of the reasons I love Austin. There’s nothing like running across Town Lake on a clear morning with a view of downtown. And Austin has so many awesome trails. And RunTex. And the mayor is encouraging us to do stuff like this. I don’t want to stop running now that I’ve started, so I’m looking for other races to train for, maybe the AT&T Austin Half-Marathon (my original goal) or the Capital 10,000. And then, of course, there’s triathlon season to look forward to. What ways do you enjoy getting (or being) fit in Austin?