On Saturday we had our first formal training run for the upcoming OKC memorial marathon.
This time I am co-run leading with a good friend of mine who has several half marathons under her belt. I am really excited about this training session! Our Group is "Chasin' Booty" (My co-run leader and I are pirate fans - arrrrr).
photo totally yanked from www.runnersworldtulsa.blogspot.com - thanks TZ!
As you can see by my blog I am pretty new to running. I actually started with the Couch to 5K in January 2010. What you cannot see is what a information junkie I am. (ok, well maybe you can...) As my family and friends will tell you I like to find answers. I also like to help others. Chances are good that if you are looking for a volunteer and I have the time I will volunteer for almost anything - cleaning out a hoarders house, painting a few rooms, driving 4 hours to pick up a friend and take her some where. That's just how my personality is coded.
I know that is not how all people think and I am pretty cool with that - it takes all kinds to make the world go 'round.
Why am I telling you this? Well I want you to know who I am - and how I work. I am a very up front person, what you see is what you get. But I also know that my way is not always the answer to every question. What works for me may not work for you, but I am happy to help you find the answer. Just like when I was actively involved in Aikido I learned that the journey is different for each person the end result is the same - you defend yourself and survive, whereas in running you cross the finish line. What I like about running is that success can be marked differently for each person. For some they have the goal of finishing. For others it can be passing some one or coming in first. For me it is a inner race - a race against myself. Racing against my previous time, a interval goal, running up all the hills. My goals change daily for running. My biggest goal is to be there and do it.
When I asked Kathy to be a run leader I was prepared to be turned down - after all I am pretty new to the sport. In the end I was selected. For this I am honored to be representing Runners World Tulsa. I consider this as more than just a pace keeping position. I consider my role to be that of ambassador. After all it was running ambassadors like Trail Zombie, Coach Kathy, and my Co-Run leader that keep me coming back on days I really don't feel like going for a run. (Plus the razzing when I skip doesn't hurt either).
Today most of my running buddies are out pounding the pavement - while I settle in for a long winters nap. I have a case of the "full body tired's" along with a very sore throat. I decided to listen to my bodies plea for a very restful evening and put in my miles tomorrow rather than risk making things worse due to impatience. So with that I will log off - snag some jammie pants and curl up with my k-9 running companion.