I have known a few people in my life that decided to take up running. They liked it. And as if it was a very simple choice, they became runners! I had made the same decision many, many times myself. I ran, I hated it and I stopped. Immediately. But in the back of my mind I believed it could be done. I had no idea how, but I knew there were people out there... And they were running.
The "how" was a matter of Chris Trina, Acuity Territory Manager (and my husband) signing up the Acuity Office for two Hood To Coast races over the summer. He IS a runner and he imposed his will (well-meaning, but still evil) upon the rest of us "NOT RUNNERS".
When I say "NOT RUNNERS", that is not an exaggeration. Many of us hadn't run more than three miles since high school. But we started training and even though I would rather be doing ANYTHING other than running, I started to see some progress. (ANYTHING = being lost in the Sahara for days, burpees, sorting food garbage, changing adult diapers... you get the picture...)
Hood to Coast Washington, the baby sister to the original Hood To Coast Oregon in August, was last weekend. It was 77 miles split 12 ways between six people. So everyone runs two pretty long legs (long by my "NOT RUNNER" standards). I was wildly nervous before my run and a few tears made a run for it down my face. I had never run 7.5 miles. It seemed outrageous.
However, a funny thing happens when five teammates are waiting for you: you run the entire way, as fast as you can. The added pressure of not just running for yourself or searching for some kind of zen-state or runner's high keeps your feet moving one in front of the other until you get back to your gang. You have a job to do, damnit! People are counting on you!
By some kind of holy miracle of miracles, we managed to finish the race while it was still light out. We ran across the finish line together and had a much deserved beer. We all did so much better than we thought we could. It was astonishing!
We took 237th out of 293 teams and when we were all done I thought: Man, those tears sure were unnecessary.
Live and learn!
Lindsay Trina is Acuity's marketing manager. She could have been a scientist or a pop singer but realized math is hard and her voice isn't that great. She has recently taken up running.