By: Lara Winburn
Many years ago, I ran the Chicago Marathon. Bucket list=check. My husband and I trained with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. Though we did not run it together-he is more of a gazelle and I am more of a polar bear-we ran the race on the same day, with very different times. It was a great experience, but after the race, I pretty much hung up my sneakers.
I like to work out, especially once I get over the 5,002 reasons that I need to do something else more than I “need” to work out. I spend time at the gym, on a yoga mat, on a spin bike and most recently at the barre but running has been out of my routine. The only running I do now is chasing small children or trying to escape the clutches of those same small children. (Can I have two minutes alone?) But starting this week, I am lacing ‘em up to train for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler.
I must confess, with the winter temperatures, my feet will hit the treadmill first. I will crank up my old playlist- Dr. Dre, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, and Billy Idol-those were my running buddies years ago. Who knows maybe I will even introduce them to the Queen B and Bruno Mars? There is even a schedule to ease back into this.
I’ve got ten weeks to get moving. I’ll let you know how it goes, where it hurts, and how far I have to go. The last time I ran regularly this body moved a little differently and had a few less miles on it. (Hee hee see what I did there?) Bring on the spandex, the double stroller and let’s lace ‘em up! Wanna join me?