I’m not a runner. I’ll work out every day given the opportunity, but I really hate to run and I’ve never been good at it, even when I was in the army and ran all the time for no apparent reason other than the fact that someone with more rank than me told me to do it. When I got out of the military, I swore I wouldn’t run anymore and I found other ways to exercise. And let’s face it, there are far better ways to get and stay in shape that don’t involve all that impact on your joints.
After I had my twins, I really needed to get back into shape. The first year after they were born, I didn’t work out. I did, however, discover the joys of chocolate for breakfast. In hindsight, that and the fact that I’d stopped exercising, something that had been such a huge part of my life, was probably a bad sign, but I really didn’t know how to change things: I was simply too busy. Suddenly I was stuck in the house with three kids under five and nowhere that I could easily go. The most exercise I got was figuring out unique and occasionally effective ways of feeding both twins at the same time. Even though I wanted to work out again, getting back to the gym seemed like an impossibility. I worried that the twins would hate being left in the childcare or that they would get sick from being around all the other kids. But when they were about a year old my neighbor, in great shape at 60-something, talked me into joining her gym. I’m really grateful to her for that. It was the push out the door that I needed.
I can’t even convey how freeing it was to get back to working out. The twins surprised me and loved going to the gym childcare; they run in there and never look back. The whole thing was just heaven, a small thing that I could do for myself. But lately, I’ve found myself wanting to try something diffferent. I think my regular workouts are challenging, but when I look over at the women in my gym who are running, I find that I miss it. There’s something really empowering about it. Still, I needed something to motivate me.
A while ago, I heard about Disney’s Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, which is a new nighttime race taking place on October 2. I knew almost nothing about Disney marathons and I figured that they were for serious runners, but I started to see postings on various websites about them and I realized that regular people, some of whom were very new to working out, were giving them a try. Still, the idea of a full marathon? I’m not sure I want to compete in any sport that requires me to slather vaseline over my entire body, thank you very much. And even a half-marathon seemed a bit intimidating. But a relay marathon with the words “wine and dine” in it? I think I can handle that. And I think that it will give my workouts some new structure. So my Disney-phobic friend Suzanne (who, incidently, I’m fully expecting to turn into a Disney fan while we’re down there) is going to run it with me. We just have to figure out who’s doing the 8 mile portion and who’s doing the 5 mile portion.
Here’s to a new goal for 2010.
You can find more information about Disney’s Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon here.
For information on other races at Disney World, see Disney Running.