Fitness

A Miracle!

I ran 3 miles today! I can work that into any sentence. “I need to take a shower because I ran 3 miles today.” “I’m too tired to do the dishes because I ran three miles today.”

When we left off I was planning on going for a run on a flat bike path to see if running hilly trails all the time (where I can’t do two miles without stopping and breathing like a freight train) actually made me fit enough to run three miles on flat ground.

I got up at 7 AM on a Saturday (ponder the weirdness of that for a moment) to go for this run since it was cooler than the surface of the sun at that point. Later in the day running on asphalt loses some appeal. I had a special eclectic playlist on the iPod just for this occasion.

I started with “Bad Things” by Jace Everett. That’s the theme to TRUE BLOOD. It has a steady beat but it is slow. I ran with it since I wasn’t going for time here. I wanted to make the distance even if it was in slow running motion. After that was “Bad Romance” by the Glee cast since I love Chris Colfer’s vocals on that. The half mile marker came up pretty quickly. I was going back and forth between the path and the shoulder since I like running on dirt and gravel better than asphalt. I run like a trail runner – short strides because you never know when something is going to try to trip you. I almost fell twice today going from path to shoulder. I figured it would be just my luck to hurt myself on the easy course.

“Centerfield” by John Fogerty was next. Happy, bouncy, just makes you want to run. “Dime que me quieres” by Ricky Martin came up. When I was in Costa Rica in 1992 his first solo album had come out and was a smash hit. At 3:30 on weekday afternoons my job was to watch the music video show and yell for the females in the area when any of his videos came on. Every woman from 15 to 80 would come running to watch. This one was a favorite for the motorcycles, shower, and barely legal Ricky doing bad choreography. (I was looking up the link on youtube and Z was dancing around the living room. See, everyone loves Ricky.) This one distracted me because I’m trying to put all the Spanish words in when I sing along and it is hard for me.

At this point I was in sight of the bridge! That’s the turnaround point. I was running to “Fame”. When I got there I collapsed on the benches. But the sun was beating down and I was hotter there than when I was running so I got up immediately and walked across the bridge and back to stay flexible.

“Hollaback Girl” was the end of the mix and I started back and then started the mix over. I ran all the way back. I even passed someone! She was older, overweight, strolling, and totally unaware that she was racing me but I passed her and she didn’t pass me back!

I felt pretty good on this run. Cardiovascularly I was just fine. My hamstrings and calves were tight. I need to do more yoga. Now that I know I can do the distance I can work on maybe getting faster.

4 Comments

  • Samantha

    Nice! I’m a runner too (a fun phrase you’re going to have to try out – I’m a runner). If you ever need tips drop me a line. That totally rocks that you ran 3 miles, very cool.

    Don’t forget to stretch! 😉
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..Tales From the Library =-.

  • Chestnutty

    Hooray!! Way to go! You’ll be set for your upcoming 5K — although, August, Atlanta, are you insane?! 😉 I ran my second 5K a few weeks ago, and I have to admit, after you do one you start looking for others to run. And you feel cool sporting a race t-shirt LOL!

  • Suzanne

    You go girl! You deserve cheers and more for your running. I think you’re great! What determination and good health you have! My son isn’t into running but weightlifting. Chad often says, “Mom, you should exercise.” Well, I do in my mind. I guess this doesn’t pass the muster for true strivers and doers. So, from time to time, I do exercise. Walking is one isn’t it? Okay, no more laughing. I’ll keep thinking on it, while ingesting my bottled vitamins, with light exercises really done from time to time. However, I don’t think you’ll probably pass by me in your run. But if you do, say hello. Who knows I might join in? Until then Heather, you deserve more cheers simply because you’re a true, successful runner. Yes! Yes! Yes, for Heather!

    Suzanne McMillen-Fallon, Published Author
    http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich?

  • Kimberly Mason

    Woot! Woot! Virtual HIGH 5, Sistah! You are a real inspiration. I bought a lime green shirt that says “RUN” on the front, I’m gearing up to follow you to running awesomeness. But THREE MILES??? Hmmm, I’ll keep running, but I think I’ll just be content to run in your shadow for a bit…
    .-= Kimberly Mason´s last blog ..A Beautifully Mowed … Lawn =-.

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