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?

4 Comments so far

  1. The Dude (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    So how does this marathon stuff work? Do you have to pay to enter? Or do you get money for it or what?

  2. msw (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 9:29 am

    I’m definitely not an elite or professional runner, and I have absolutely no shot of winning, so I have to pay to sign up. 3M was $40 when I signed up but is now $50, and the AT&T Austin Half is $50 until January 28. Usually, races allow you to register online through their web sites or a race registration website such as

    I’m not sure, but I think the pros get paid for winning races.

  3. The Dude (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Well, that’s sorta gay that you have to pay to run. Seems like you’d run for free and some rich company would donate $50 to some charity.

  4. aaron (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

    you’re really, really lame.

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