I walked into the office hacking and coughing, as I have been doing for the last two weeks, sat down at my desk and started up my computer for the day’s work. No sooner had I started running my applications then an instant message window popped up on my screen.
“Whadya pick? Whadya pick? It’s April! Whadya pick? Huh? Huh?” It was K and she wanted to know what I had decided on for the April Fad of the Month. I am inherently a mean person and therefore told her she would have to wait and find out with the rest of you. That was three days ago.
Then I said, “I’ve decided to change the direction of my blog and make the focus all about how nothing really works and so I’ll claim to be trying all these different things but meanwhile I won’t really do anything and then I’ll claim that it didn’t work.”
“That’s no fun,” she said.
I was kidding of course. I would never do that. I’m entirely too honest and ethical to do that, even if I wanted to… mean, but honest and ethical. I’m well rounded. Anyway, since I know you’re all waiting with bated breath, I will now reveal the April/May Fad of the Month(s).
As I mentioned in a previous post I live in a really beautiful part of country. The weather this time of year is really nice and I’m close to the water, and the hills and lots of beautiful scenery, so I decided that I should take advantage of these benefits and do something that involved physical and potentially outdoor activity.
I know that K in particular is positively salivating to know what I’ve decided on, and it is for that reason more than any other, that I am dragging this out. But without much further ado, I will now reveal that I have decided that the April/May Fad of the months will be *cough, cough* running.
A few years ago, K discovered a program that was designed to teach someone who is not athletic how to run. Many people make a decision to start running having never done it before and they start out too hard too fast and give up quickly because of the challenges they endure. K, by her own description, when she started running was an “Unsvelt Girl Who Runs”. She took on this challenge because, if for no other reason, people told her she couldn’t do it. Today, K can run at a steady pace for a prolonged period of time and has run several races in the Bay Area.
K was never focused on, or working toward, weight loss. She was simply determined to prove to people who said she couldn’t do it, that indeed she could. But along the way, she has lost weight, and several sizes. The other day, I happened across a picture of her that was taken at a work event four years ago and showed it to her. There is a marked difference in her appearance today as compared to that picture.
In the beginning K felt the same way I do. Running is not something that I do. Part of the reason is simply that I do not know how to do it properly and every time I have ever tried, I have very quickly developed shin splints and side stitches and pretty quickly tired myself out. As a result my determination has always been, “You will not find me running unless there is a bear chasing me and it’s on a steep decline… And I’m wearing roller blades… potentially a jet pack… and then it’s not really running, now is it? No, running was never in the cards and to be honest, I’m still not sure it is. I’ll do it purely for the sake of this blog and the edification of you fine people.
How I feel about it at the end of the nine weeks will determine if I ever run again! There is a problem, however, that has prevented me from going full speed ahead on this. I was sick for more than a week, and even now, I’m still struggling with the lingering, hacking cough. Today is the first day in three weeks that I haven’t been coughing incessantly. And yet, while playing my Wii Sports, I’m constantly stopping to cough. My common sense tells me that running, which I believe will require more of my breathing abilities, and in the outdoors, is sure to aggravate the cough far more than the exertions of waving my arm around in the air striking a virtual tennis ball while my on-screen Mii does all the running back and forth! So while it may have seemed as if I might have been slacking off or abandoning my endeavors and readers, I assure you this is not the case! I am feeling much better today and hopefully within a few days I’ll be much improved and able to get outside and give this thing a shot.
In the mean time, bear with me. Oh! And K? You can stop gloating now!