I am now a little over 2/3 of the way on my journey to run a 12k. The race that seemed so far away is now just around the corner. I booked my flight today, and what had seemed to be this far off event is now becoming really real. I am actually going to have to run this race! (Gulp) When I started out, I would run for 1 minute and then walk for 2. This wasn’t too bad and I was fine doing it on the treadmill. Now, however, I am running anywhere from 30-80 minutes at a time depending on the day, and I am doing it four times a week. I have learned a lot about myself and about working out; setting goals and trying to be realistic. The thing I have come to realize the most, however, is that running on the treadmill is really boring!
Those of you who have read some of my earlier posts know that I am not a running fanatic. I am still waiting for that runner’s high to kick in, and while I might never love running, I have come to no longer hate it. Some days I even kind of enjoy it. The treadmill, however, is not my friend. I have wanted to try running outside for quite a while now, if for no other reason than that’s where the race will be run. Probably ought to get some practice in under race conditions. Since the race is in San Francisco, practicing on hills might not be the worst idea either. Now I know that my treadmill has settings for incline, but I’m doing good just to run on it most of the time. There is no way I’m coordinated enough to run and change the incline settings at the same time. Your probably wondering why I haven’t been running outside sooner. It’s not for lack of desire. It’s just that I live in Nebraska, and the weather has not been even remotely cooperating.
When I started out, it was mid-November. I consider my self to be fairly tough, but running in the snow and when it’s less than 20 degrees is just way to hard-core for me. Fast forward to March and I thought surely the weather would start to cooperate. Not! By the time it got over 30 degrees it started raining, and it hasn’t stopped. It doesn’t rain all day long, but it rains enough.
Last week, I finally decided enough is enough. I’m going to be running in San Francisco. It might be cold it might be wet it could very well be both. The point is, if I kept waiting for the perfect conditions, I was never going to run outside. So I bit the bullet, put on my running gear, and hit the trail in the rain. I ran 6.5 miles in about 65 minutes. It was cold and cloudy for part, sprinkled on me for a while, and even rained pretty good for a section, but I survived. In fact, the rain was a pretty good motivator. I was averaging 11 minute miles on the first half, and bumped up my pace to 10 minutes on the back half. My last mile was even at a 9.5 minute pace.
I had a lot of time to think while I was running. It was really nice to be out and moving and watching the scenery go by. I experienced a real sense of accomplishment. Sure I had run that far on the treadmill, but this time it felt like I was actually going somewhere. This got me thinking about quilting. Let’s face it, if I’m being honest, this wasn’t really a stretch for me. If you ask my kids, they will tell you this is all I think about. (Not true, but I’m probably one of the only mothers at their schools that gets asked for advice about longarms at parent teacher conferences.) Anyway, I got to thinking that just like with my running, I had also been waiting for the “perfect day” for a lot of the things I wanted to do quilting wise.
I realized that a lot of the things I have wanted to do or had thought would be cool, I had been putting off because it was never the right time. I turned 46 last week, and I think I have finally learned that there is no such thing as the right time. So I’m just going to bite the bullet and “run in the rain”. I’m sure that not every project is going to turn out like I imagine, but I need to remember it’s not all about the destination, it’s also about the journey.
The first thing I working on is a block of the month type quilt. Since it’s me, it will probably be more of a block of the week type quilt, but I always thought it would be cool to design one and share it. So stay tuned, as I will be sharing the pattern shortly. Don’t be surprised if it comes with some great recipes and ideas for spicing up your workout, because I know I want to feel as good as my quilts look.
Here’s a sneak peek of the design I’m working on.
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