I'm not weirdly athletic. I'm just a normal gal who will take a farm egg on top of my One Speed pizza, thank you very much. Oh, and dessert? Of course I have left room for anything that includes chocolate.
So it's interesting other people find it interesting that I completed the CIM and continue to run four to five days a week. It's really not that big of a deal - I have a few really good running buddies, a schedule thanks to Fleet Feet's Shamrock'n training group, shoes and an excellent running dog. (She gets antsy when a day goes by without a long run, talk about a guilt trip).
Since I started regularly running a year ago, I have come across a lot of people who say they can't run because of their knees, sports-induced asthma, back pains. While I'm sure there are valid medical reasons why someone shouldn't and can't run, for the most part, I don't think I genetically have better knees than anyone else. And Sam, who is pushing 50, hasn't worn his out even though he runs some 50 miles a week. (He may have some other screws loose though - what's this about you running from Sacramento to Davis the other day?) But I digress.
My point is, it seems like a bummer to commit to whatever ailment it is, FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. When someone gets an injury, isn't there usually physical therapy or whatever to strengthen the injured part and build on it?
A friend of mine was complaining about bad knees and sports-induced asthma. But he's way too young to be sitting on the couch for the rest of his life, which could be something like five decades. I told him he should try running. He ran a few times - first a couple blocks, then a mile. He continued to complain.
So I suggested we run together. We ran four miles that day. And he was amazed.
I guess I just want to say, I'm like anyone else who is taking the time to put one foot in front of the other. And you could probably do it too if you tried.