I Hope I Can Run 13.1 Miles When I'm 57
For a long time now, my health and fitness have a been an important part of my life. I’m not one to meal-ration or plan my workouts, but I do commit to my regular veggies and staying active. Over the past year and a half, I’ve gotten into long-distance running (IT’S THE WORST, but I can't seem to stop…?) with the completion of 2 half-marathons and 1 full marathon. I have found that it is important now more than ever, since I don’t have anyone telling me when to be “at work.” Operating on my own schedule is a blessing, but it can certainly be a curse on those days when my bed just screams STAY HERE, DON'T EXERCISE!
And then the fear of spiraling out of feeling good and healthy kicks in. The guilt for not challenging myself kicks in. The pressure to pick up the pace and to DO MORE kicks in.
Luckily, thanks to my dad, I stayed dedicated this past spring to my running regiment when he agreed to run the Buffalo Half Marathon with me. My father is an active man, who loves to play basketball and goes to the gym regularly, but he has never been a runner, much less, a long-distance runner. After seeing me run the marathon in Chicago this past October, I think he was truly inspired to accomplish a distance race himself. “The full marathon? No, those people are INSANE. Totally out of their minds. Who would ever want to do that.” THANKS DAD. “But 13.1, I think I could try that.” So we committed together.
By March, we were sending each other reports of our training runs on a weekly basis, keeping each other in the loop with how far, how fast, and in what weather we ran. It was a bonding experience for us, and for once in my life, I was able to share my experience and wisdom with him. It felt great knowing that there was something I could give to him that he hasn’t already given me in my life.
My parents are wonderful people who have given me everything in the world. Finally I was able to share something with my dad that he needed. I could call and give him my best advice and I knew he was grateful to have me there to help push him through it.