No exploding lungs here.

In running on September 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I’ve noticed a new Facebook bell/whistle in the past couple of weeks — my status updates from the same day a year or two ago are appearing in the upper righthand corner. I find this both eerie and cool — eerie to see my words come back around with no effort on my part and cool because God knows I may not remember these little details otherwise.

Last year’s status updates were nearly all about the No Boundaries 5K training program I started in August (at Fleet Feet Sports in North Carolina) and featured my relieved, wry reports of completing yet another training session without my lungs exploding. It’s gratifying to read those a year later, especially since I’ve signed up to be a mentor for this fall’s program, something I could never have imagined this time last year.

I’m not running much faster than I did a year ago, but I can go for more than a minute without feeling as if I might die — and that is big, given that all of my earlier efforts to “take up” running over the years failed because I couldn’t get past that point of feeling I was going to drop dead on the pavement any minute.

As some ad campaign said way back when: ‘I’ve come a long way, baby.’

(Though now that I think about it, that ad campaign may have been for Virginia Slims cigarettes, so that might not be the best way to wrap this up.)


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