This week’s Take it and Run Thursday is to write a six word running memoir. I didn’t run much until college, but my running fits into four distinct periods.
Running off the beer and wine.
Yeah, that was my college running. It was all about running on the weekdays so I could drink what I wanted on the weekends. It sort of worked LOL.
Running to wear my skinny clothes.
Once I was out in the real world, I just wanted to stay in my small suits. I like the way I looked and I ran purely to stay that way. I ran 30 minutes, 3 maybe 4 times a week. I have no idea how fast and never noticed distances. It was all about weight maintenance.
Running out of darkness into light.
After I had my first son, I experienced postpartum depression. At the six week point, I called my doctor to get a prescription for an anti-depressant. They couldn’t fit me in for a few days and I needed something RIGHT AWAY, so I jumped on the treadmill. I never ended up going in to the doctor as I felt improvement that very first day and after a few weeks, felt like I was able to cope again. With my second son, I started running as soon as the midwives gave me the o.k. and stopped the slide downwards before it got too bad. Even now, Beer Geek can tell when I need to get out there and run.
Late to the party. As usual.
I didn’t start running in races until Shoo was 18 months old. I had never run more than 4 miles at a time. A friend talked me into an 8K race. It was REALLY cold. I wasn’t sure I could finish it. I LOVED it and I was hooked. I can’t believe I missed the fun all these years! Now I’ve run a couple of 10Ks, a five miler, a ten miler, a half marathon and I’m training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Maybe I’ll actually place in my age bracket when I move up in a couple of years. LOL