Last week I had a minor car accident. I backed my car into the garage door on my way to work. That thing came out of nowhere! Normally I open the garage door once I get into my car so that by the time I have the engine on, and in reverse the door is open, but I was off my game and threw the thing into reverse seconds after I clicked my garage door opener. Oops.
Luckily my husband works from home so I was able to use his car until I could get the damage to mine fixed. Patrick owns an event management and timing company, Green Leaf Racing, that puts on running races, swim races, and triathlons. He also works as an independent contractor for a couple races and is race director for the Freihofer’s Run for Women. Part of his role includes leading the Couch to 5K training challenge.
The following Monday marked the start of the Freihofers’ Run Training Challenge so Patrick needed his car and if I wanted to go to work, I had to go with him… to the challenge… at 6AM… So I woke up at 5:15, was in the car at 6, and freezing my hiney off at 6:30 out at the Corning Preserve of the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path. After we all warmed up together, Patrick took the ladies off on their first run/walk and I moseyed along behind them hiking poles in hand. I quickly realized that I was not at all dressed properly for an early morning walk by the river in 30 degree temps! Sadly my cold legs never got moving fast enough to warm up and eventually my lips got so cold I could not really move them properly to speak! BUT I survived, and, cold as I was, I had fun! There is nothing nicer than to be up before dawn to watch the sunrise over water.
After our workouts we treated ourselves to coffee and breakfast sammies at Mugshots downtown.
I plan to make the training challenge a part of my regular workout routine. As weak as I am at walking, it is the last thing I want to do to improve it! I would rather take a boxing class, go crazy on the elliptical, lift like a beast, or swim than to walk- even though I know that the best way to get better at walking is to walk. Hopefully having the accountability of meeting a group each week will help, because being married to the person leading the challenge so far has not!