My husband, Jeff, and I headed out for 4-6 miles in a local neighborhood. After warning him that my quads still felt trashed from Sunday's run, we began our run at a moderate pace. "You know this will be close to 10 -12 minutes a mile," I informed Jeff. It turns out we hit our first mile at 9:21. The second mile split was 9:17.
Mile 3- well, I actually never hit it. The molecular structure of concrete absorbed into my quadriceps during the second mile and after my legs literally buckling under me, I eased into a walk. I sent Jeff on his way and I continued to walk to the finish, about 1.75 miles. He got his 5 miles and I strolled through a beautiful neighborhood.
This short time of walking gave me time to reflect upon my life and where I would be without running. I present to you now the top 10 ways my life would be different if I wasn't a runner (as composed by me during my 30 minutes walk):
- I would have a garden. I had one once upon a time. Raised beds, slug repellant, nets, flowers, etc. We finally leveled out that area this past year after having it sit dormant and overflowing with weeds since 2001.
- I would have a food-related business. Believe it or not, I did have a business license to sell baked goods at the local farmers market. The Gingerbread House. Really.
- I would have attempted to show either food or a hand-sewn item at the local fair. Once upon a time, I used my sewing machine and actually have made dresses for my girls. They were toddlers at the time.
- I'd be a best selling author. Well, maybe. I love writing and have started many projects over the years but you know, running takes a lot of time!
- My closet would be organized. And my cupboards, and...a lot of other things. And I would have liners and dividers and whatever else organized people use to make their homes look nice and function at top speed.
- I would have one pair of "workout" shoes.
- My house would have a lot more space without a treadmill, weights, running shoes, and my drawers would have room for regular clothing.
- I would be fat. Probably. I don't want to know.
- I would feel like something was missing but not sure what it is.
- I would have scrapbooks filled with creative displays of my family's adventures instead of digital pictures stored away on our computers.
|I made this before I discovered running.|