At the beginning of October, I was inspired by my friend Helen, who had just completed running the 2011 Wine & Dine half-marathon, to complete a run of my own despite the fact that I have no natural athletic abilities or inclinations. I started training (slowly) using a couch-to-5K app and got Bobby to train with me. Granted, Bobby is a more natural runner than I am but it was nice to have a mutual hobby.
|If the running doesn't work out, small farming is next.|
Along comes January, and the opportunity presented itself for us to run the Disney half-marathon on Jan. 7th and although we were unprepared, we decided to just go for it. Now, I have to tell you, that jogging is the one thing that I don't seem to get progressively better at. Meaning that one day I'll have a great run, and I'll go out the next time and expect it to be better and it sucks ass. So I had zero expectations of being good for the Disney half.
So nobody was more surprised than me when I kept going like the Energizer bunny on the morning of the half. We had decided to run for six minutes then walk for two for as long as we could keep it up and I don't know if it was the Gu or the Disney energy or what, but I kept up a pretty good pace during the running jags and we were going strong until mile nine, when Bobby had to stop running because of his knee. Okay, did you get that? Because I had knee pain after about six miles, but being the martyr I am, suffered in silence. But when Bobby couldn't run, we decided to just walk the last four miles, which was fine. If only I knew then what I know now; I would have left his ass right there at the Powerade station and just kept on going!
Because tonight, on our way home from the store, we were talking about the race next year and our friends that had run the year prior. And Bobby said maybe he'd run with the Drew and I'd run with Amber. Here's how the conversation went:
Bobby: I was talking to Drew about the race and they might do it again next year, so maybe I'll run with him.
Anna: (confused) Why would you run with Drew? What about me and Amber?
B: Oh yeah, Amber will probably do it too, and you could run with her.
A: (still confused) But why would you run with Drew and me with Amber? Why wouldn't we run together?
B: Because if I'm going to be training for a year, I don't want to be held back, wondering if my skirt is just right. (I swear to insert-diety-of-choice-here that he actually said that).
A: And you think I'D hold YOU back?
A: Hold you back?
A: After yesterday, you think that I'D hold YOU back?
B: Yesterday, you had a great day. You ran better than you ever have, you were going strong baby! But......
A: So not only do you think you'd be faster than me, even though I'll be training for a year too, but you assume that Drew is faster than Amber because he's a guy?
|I don't think so.|
A: Oh, so it's just me!
|Is there a kind besides desperate?|
|Specifically, the jerks of the Matos variety|
So consider this a throwdown, Mr. Matos. You think you can beat my time at the next Disney run? Prove it. Game on, ass.
|And by death, I don't mean mine. You'd better run fast, Matos.|