Sorry for the delay in posts but I've been committed to a new fitness regime lately which has been taking up my extra time. Long story short, I've always lamented the fact that I could never run. I think I was forever scarred by those Presidential fitness tests in elementary school where they measured the athletic abilities of school children. My classmates were effortlessly able to clock a mile in under 8 minutes and I'd bring up the rear red faced and huffing and puffing at 15 minutes. The fifty yard dash was especially cruel as each student was asked to sprint separately while the rest of the class stood by the sidelines and watched. My sprint was more of a gallup or perhaps a hopscotch. Right then and there I knew there was a difference between me and other children - they could run and I could not.
I'm not the type of person to just give up so a few years ago, I made the decision to finally conquer running. It was my New Year's goal to clear the four mile mark and I'm happy to say I finally did it! Granted it took me about an hour to do it but I did it. My more athletic friends frequently talk about a runner's high and I think I got a whiff of it. It's really quite amazing to set a goal and finally accomplish it. The next step is to lower my time and clear 5 miles. We'll see how this goes. I've also taken up spinning which seems to help with the cardio and who knows, if I improve my swimming then maybe I can do a triathlon - ok perhaps I'm getting a little ahead of myself here but that would be pretty cool to do.
I'm crediting all the resveratrol in the red wine I drink which has been shown to increase endurance in laboratory mice. Hah! I'll just keep telling myself that.