I know that there are a lot of younger runners
whippersnappers out there….but I just have to vent a bit …
I found running this past year – having never been an athlete this has been quite an adventure for me. I’m a planner by nature – so I’ve been
stressing over studying the art of running as much as I’ve actually been running.
Yesterday I had a conversation with a close work friend. She was telling me that her daughter was running a half marathon in 7 weeks. I was shocked by this to say the least. The daughter that just at Christmas time we were discussing how out of shape she was, who needed to lose weight and get herself together? The daughter that last summer out of the blue signed herself up for a triatholon and then needed to be rescued by the search crew during the biking portion?
The conversation went something like this:
Her - “A’s running a half marathon in March”
Me – “Really – how’s she gonna do that?”
Her - “Well – she’s been running –she’s going to run a 5k this weekend, a 10k in a couple of weeks – and then she’s gonna do the half in March”
Me – “really – just like that?”
Her - “She’s got a trainer helping her, she’s going to be on vacation in March before the race so she’s going to need to find a way to fit it in. She looks great – she’s lost a ton of weight”
Ok – is it me? It seriously isn’t supposed to work this way is it? I am busting my butt running – now for 8 months and mapping out my strategy to run this half – and her 24 YEAR OLD daughter is just going to decide to run one as she can fit it in?
I did point out to her that recently in the Philly Half there were two deaths – both people in their twenties. I remember hearing about this and panicking. (I did not investigate these – but I did hear during the report on this that it was eluded to that they didn’t train the way they should.)
I find it a bit frustrating. I’ve worked hard for every mile, every minute I’ve put in. I’m dedicated to this sport. As a forty something newbie it has not come easy. I’m not fast, I’m “cautious”….realistic….all of those words best used to describe the conservative, controlling person that I am.
I’m certain that with age comes wisdom (ha) and that
overthinking this my training plan will persevere.