Dee Griffin (deegriffin) wrote,
Dee Griffin

Are Runners in their right minds??

Four years ago, I got bored. I had considered myself a "runner" because I would do 2-3 miles on the treadmill then participate in 5k runs. In 2002 I was living in Kansas City, Mo trying to figure out my next challenge in life. I decided to train for a Marathon. Crazy right? Right. My good friend Kim Newton decided to join me. While most normal people enjoyed sleeping in on Saturday mornings, Kim and I joined about 200 other runners for "long runs" at 6am. This after I got off the air at 10:30 pm the night before.
Kim and I each completed a half marathon (13.1 miles). Then, in Oct. 2002 we participated in and completed the Chicago Marathon (26.2 miles). We had run 22 miles on Saturdays. However, during the Marathon I got caught up in the excitement, ran too fast too soon, and hit a wall at about mile 16. I asked "tell me again, why are we doing this?" Kim replied, "it was YOUR idea, remember?"
Fastforward three and a half years. I recently got bored again. I decided a half marathon would be cool. So, I've set my sights on the San Diego Marathon in June.
I have joined a wonderful running group led by Runner Extraordinaire Mark Higginbotham. Once again, while normal people are sleeping on Saturday morning, I am up at 5am and running at 6am in Shelby Farms. I jumped right in and completed 6 miles the first Saturday and 7 miles last Saturday. Crazy right? Right.
Today, I embarked upon a run thru downtown Memphis. The rain had come and gone. At least, that's what I thought. I was armed with my handy dandy Garmin Odometer and my IPod. I was about 3.5 miles into the run/walk. I reached the Pyramid and suddenly the sky opened. I was DRENCHED! I focused on getting home. I dodged into building doorways when it was too bad to even see thru the rain. After a half a mile into the run my focused changed. I targeted 526 S. Main.. Station Square Salon. I ran as fast as I could in the rain right into the beauty salon. I was so glad to see my stylist, Kim Williams. My knees may suffer, my legs may hurt. However, my hair will not be sacrificed! :-)
If any of you out there are embarking on a similar journey toward a Marathon or Half Marathon I would love to hear from you. Misery loves company:-) Let me know of your journeys and your motivation.
I will blog weekly about my journey.
Also, thanks to those drivers who honked horns and shouted "Go Dee."
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