Wednesday, February 21, 2007

It's Official

First line, in case you can't read it: "Fifty feels good, doesn't it?" Uh, can I get back to you on that?

According to this invitation I have important things to look forward to, like Social Security reform and Medicare. But getting the senior discount at the movies? Ut uh. And really, what else is there to look forward to? I mean, really.

I ran outside today for 30 minutes. FIRST time (in D.C.) in three weeks! It was 50F! So the trail was filled with slush. It's not so easy to run in slush, it turns out. It makes running harder. That is actually a good thing. Right? RIGHT? But I got to wear shorts! Outside! In February! I ran fifteen slushy minutes one way down the trail and 15 non-slushy minutes on neighboring streets on the way back. The whole way with a side stitch.


Here's a little secret they don't actually tell you: Spin classes do not actually make running any easier. Which is a real pity, because I'm getting really good at spinning.


In other news: I'm finally well enough for surgery. New date is March 19. Isn't it funny how you have to be perfectly healthy in order for them to render you helpless? Ha. Ha.

In the meantime, I am toying with the idea of joining the local 10k training program which starts this coming Saturday, even though I can only run with them for four weeks before the axe falls. (I love how positive I am!) The program prepares runners for the Capitol Hill Classic 10K on May 20. I figure I can walk the race if I have to, which I will have to, since my six weeks of no cardio after surgery will put me right at the start of May. Whaddya think?

In other other news: Happy Ash Wednesday! I'm starting to repent right now. As my fourth-grade teacher Miss Coleman used to say: A word to the wise is sufficient.


David said...

If the training costs money and it's still winter then I vote NO.

Funny; I was trying to remember the name of my fourth grade teacher just yesterday. I could nail 1-3 grade but 4th was a blank.

Just12Finish said...

2 weeks to train for a 10K? That would take some super-human effort, which is not to say you're not super-human. Or not. Got it?

LBTEPA said...

what's AARP?
What are you repenting of? You live such a virtuous life!

21stCenturyMom said...

If the training program is free or cheap then do it! Why not? It would be especially sweet if you got another really great coach full of pithy aphorisms. We really enjoyed the last one.

In any case - just keep doing what you are doing and then walk for a while and then start doing the other thing again. It's a plan!

ps - I rip up everything that AARP sends me and let out a big old 'AS IF' in the process.

Flo said...

Be careful running in slush, old bones break easy (I'm sorry, I just could not resist!!:)

Andrew said...

Good luck for the op. I'm going under the knife as well, next week, for an ankle ligament repair. Hope everything goes well.

L*I*S*A said...

Um, I guess congratulations on the AARP membership. :) Hey, take advantage of the great hotel discounts when you travel, too!

Firefly's Running said...

I am still trying to convince my mom to join AARP and she's almost 55.

Good luck for the upcoming surgery and 10K that you training for.

WannaBe5Ker said...

Oh, the discounts you will get as an AARP member, congrats on that!!!!!

WTG on the slushy run. Shorts? In DC? In February? Unimaginable!! :-)

WADDLER26.2 said...

I just got that in the mail also the other day. It's a funny feeling isn't it. Did you know we are also old enough for the senior olympics-that's something to think about.

IHateToast said...

but don't you have a different situation with spinning? isn't that the one with the eye candy? you need running eye candy.

Anita said...

Welcome to AARP! As you know I beat you by a couple months and so now there's a reason we must meet...I've been assigned by the AARP hierarchy to teach you the secret handshake!