Monday, May 23, 2011

The body is an amazing thing!

A long time ago, like 9 months ago or something like that, Renee (2nd from right) decided that we (DeLong siblings) should do the Ogden Marathon relay in May of 2011. My oldest sister Lisa was in town when the decision was made, and I was deemed the "manager" or "helper". Fine, I hate running. However, with trepidation, they came to me when Lisa decided that she could not justify spending hundreds to fly out for this little event and they needed me, the not runner, to run. I will say that they way I was approached was a little offensive when they preceded to doubt that I could even do it. I told them I would run the 5 mile leg of the relay down Ogden Canyon, I mean really, who can't run down a canyon right?

The race was this last Saturday and I have to say, I was really bugged with all the comments from my sibliings and parents about not being able to do this since I had basically refused to even train. I mean come on, it was 5 miles down a mountain highway. If you know me at all, you know a couple of things about me, first I HATE TO EXERCISE, and second, I HATE EVEN MORE TO BE TOLD I CAN'T DO SOMETHING WELL!!! So run I did down that mountain, almost killing myself. I did it, and I wasn't the slowest. I ran about 11 and a half minute miles and did my run in under an hour, and not only that, but since it was the 4th out of 5 legs, just kept on going to get to the finish line. So all in all, I did 8 miles Saturday and swore I would never do it again. I hated almost every step of it. However, I finally do see what runners get out of it. It was VERY satisfying emotionally to know I had pushed myself beyond anything I thought possible, and after mile 3, I just went hazy and don't even remember much. I was in some sort of zone, so runners must like that part of it.

However, and here is the big however, I COULDN'T WALK YESTERDAY AND COULD BARELY MOVE! I'm not kidding. A meazly 8 miles did this to me and that is TOTALLY unacceptable in my book. I will NEVER EVER EVER let my body do this to me again. I am better than this and am bound and determined, for the sake of feeling not sore like this again, to get in shape. I am signed up for a 5k in July and possibly one in August just so that I am forced to get in shape. I hate that I did this to myself. However, I proved them wrong, I could do it and did it pretty well.

Yes, the human body is capable of running 8 miles without any training what-so-ever, but I wouldn't advise it if you want to walk the entire next week. And next year I AM doing it again and am bound and determined to have under a 10 minute mile pace. Just tell me I can't do it and you will be proven totally wrong. I hate being told I can't do something!