Friday, September 08, 2006

Am I crazy?

Really? My good friend Marlina (the one who got me started in this running stuff) has suggested that I join her in a "Beginner/Intermediate Adult Gymnastics" class offered through Leisure Learning. Okay my fellow runners....would that be an insane thing to do before my marathon??? Once upon a time, I was pretty good at gymnastics. I'm not talking a Mary Lou Retton/Kerri Strug level gymnast or anything. But, it was something I loved passionately all the way through jr high and high school. So, I am debating. I have been wanting to add something other than running to my exercise routine, but I was thinking more along the lines of a dance class. But, I must admit, the thought of hopping on a balance beam or uneven bars sounds fun. Floor exercise sounds even better. Of course, all of those things sound a little scary to me now too! What if I break my arm, pull a hamstring or break a toe? I never did any of those things the 1st time around...then again, I was much younger and much more resilient too! My worst injuries were a sprained wrist, a black eye (falling off the bars) and a bloody nose (smacked my face on the beam).

As for running...Thursday night I ran 35 minutes on the treadmill at an 11 minute/mile pace. I know I mentioned before that the treadmill runs bore me to tears. Last night during my run, I stumbled onto another E! "True Hollywood Story"..this one was about one of my high school crushes, Micheal J. Fox. It was pretty interesting to see how this Canadian teenager moved to LA to become an actor, had a successful career in movies and television and is now a spokesperson for Parkinson's disease. Very inspiring! Unfortunately, it was a 2-hour's not easy to get your school reading done when you're busy watching TV. I'm usually not an E! viewer unless they're showing the red carpet coverage for the Academy Awards, but there's just something about running on the treadmill and watching THS that works for me. Weird!

This weekend the Houston Fit Fall group is running their 18-miler, so I'm sending some happy running vibes their way! May the temps be cool and your legs be swift! (ETA: I can't do the 18-miler with the group due to classes all day on Sat...I did 15 last week, which I hope will suffice for now.)

Run long & Livestrong!


Vic said...

Do the gymnastics. Sounds fun!!! You're doing the 18-miler too, right? Vibes to you, too!

TX Runner Girl said...

Hey Vic, no 18-miler for me tomorrow - I have class all day! But, I did 15 last week and in 2 weeks I will run 13 with the group and then do 2+ loops at the park, because I also have classes the day of our 21 miler! Bummer!

Humble Runner said...

Go for it!

Keith said...

I think it would be really cool too. I need a new hobby too, but I don't know what.