15 October 2011
The Mother Runner
I feel famous. And athletic.
And it's cause I have been running with The Mother Runner.
Have you heard of her? Her name is Lizzie. She's talented. And kind. And one of the most accomplished marathon runners I know. Many of us always joke that she could be running a marathon, pushing a double stroller, making homemade yogurt & stirring a batch of granola all at the same time.
Over Christmas last year, the ladies at my church exchanged acts of service for each other by choosing a "service ornament" off of a tree. It was so humbling to see this unfold - women offered gourmet dinners, babysitting, car rides (worth so much in New York!), homemade baked goods, photography sessions, handmade jewelry, and services of all kinds. So fun, right? (Especially when all these Brooklyn women are mego-talented! You can't imagine!)
I picked my ornament and went on my way. But later they had extras and I was handed another ornament which said "Running with Lizzie." Um, let me tell you - I wasn't too thrilled about this one.
Lizzie & her husband are like Mr. & Mrs. Dash. They have run more marathons than I have fingers and toes. And I have pretty much never run in my life aside from running the mile in 7th grade P.E. Buuut...I secretly always wanted to know what the big deal was. Why oh why on earth do some of these women I know love running? UGH. It just seemed like awful torture! But I decided to let this be my chance to see from this big shot runner what the big deal was.
Well, truth is, I was not sure I could run a loop with her at the park so I decided I better "train" for our first run. Haha! :) I ran a bit on a treadmill while staying at a hotel. Then braved the park loop with a jog instead of my usual daily power walk. Eventually the weather became lovely and I cashed in my "prize" (ha) with Lizzie. We met up at Prospect Park, and I surprisingly ran further than I ever had before. It was so easy to keep up because we were chatting away & having great conversation and enjoying the beautiful scenery and fresh air. Well, folks, I loved it. It felt exhilarating & therapeutic. There is just something about moving that helps to make your mind clear & full of good energy. And, afterwards I felt powerful & even sexier! (Yes! It does something to my I-feel-cute-endorphins in just one run.) I am telling you, your running glow will be pretty irresistible. I highly recommend it to all of you!! (Or at least some other form of great exercise.)
I now look forward to our run every Saturday. For the first time in my life, I have enough endurance to run 7 miles. I feel a 5k on my near future. And do I dare say, the next Brooklyn Half Marathon!!!!!!
UPDATE: Since writing this post a bit earlier, I have run TWO 5K races with Lizzie!! Can't wait to do more.
Also, Lizzie is running a marathon in Hartford today. GOOD LUCK, LIZZIE!