I don’t know why they called it the 600 yard “dash”. That certainly would NOT be the way bystanders would describe me running the timed trial held every quarter at boarding school as part of our PE grade.
I dreaded 600 yard dash day.
I had nightmares about it.
I feigned illness, couldn’t find my socks, developed mysterious medical conditions that had heretofore been undiscovered, all in an attempt to not have to run one and half times around the gravel track that encircled the main campus.
And yet the PE teacher heartlessly disregarded my pain and made me do it, every single time.
I should have used Mr. CPQ’s line with him, “Baby, I’m built for looks, not for speed.”
Somehow, I’m thinking that wouldn’t have worked out for me.
He was an evil man.
Flash forward to high school. I joined the basketball team and started to embrace the concept of exercise and sweat, mainly because of the possibility of owning a WAY COOL letter jacket, and I found I enjoyed the conditioning drills because they involved sprinting followed by periods of rest and allowed me to eat chocolate Ding-Dongs and grape juice for breakfast every day and not gain a single ounce.
All that to say, I have embarked upon a new activity for the express and sole purpose of allowing myself to bake and eat cinnamon rolls for the rest of the fall and winter season and not look like Jabba the Hut when spring comes around next year.
Hold on to your hats because I downloaded a Couch to 5K app last night and I just completed Day 1 of the program.
I have several friends (Heather, Janet, Tracey, have I missed anyone?) who are currently on a running kick, and I think we all know by now that I am nothing if not a band wagoner and they told me that if they could do it, I could do it because it’s running with frequent breaks so as to not appear like running and thus I am taking them up on their challenge and I am becoming a runner.
Oh, that makes me snicker.
And I’m going to document it here because I’ve learned that there’s no quicker way to kill a commitment than by publicly stating it on my blog.
Have a nice day.