Yes that’s right folks. I am in love and it’s not even spring. Today will go down in history as the day I fell in love with running. When someone asked me a few weeks ago if I liked C25K, I said that I didn’t mind it, but I didn’t necessarily enjoy it either. Something changed during my last run yesterday. It was a steady jogging pace I did outside (the Y was closed so a treadmill wasn’t an option). It was my first delve into 5 minute runs and it was delightful. Then today I ventured to Union Square (which is becoming a very dangerous shopping area for me recently!). I picked up the Nike Plus kit at Jack Rabbit where I get 10% off because I’m logged in their system as a return customer. Then I had to buy Emily a new water bottle at Paragon so I happened to pop into their running section and spent about 20 minutes examining an armband to hold my iPod Nano with the Nike+ plug in thing, my YMCA card and my keys. I’m hoping to find it $30 well spent.
The moment that really did it for me was when I pulled “Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running” off the shelf at Barnes & Noble and my heart did a little flutter. Then I grabbed a chair and started to read. My heart literally ached in the delicious way I have only ever experienced when feeling an overwhelming sense of joy. We’re talking cuddling with the love of your life, opening presents on Christmas, sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner kind of joy and here I felt it while reading a book about running.
The funniest part was when I showed off all my new toys and gadgets to my friend Anna at dinner tonight. She said to me “You’re not going to be another one of those friends whose marathon photos I’m going to have to suffer through seeing, are you?” and my response was something like “Well not yet.”
What can I say folks? I’m head over heels, but more like one foot in front of the other.