Friday, November 6, 2009

Run, Rabbit, Run*

I felt good this morning. So I went for a run.

I RAN 10 MILES!! in 84 minutes (that's 8:40 a mile--not too shabby!)

(I could totally end the post here, but you know how verbose I am...)

I run quite a bit, 3-4 times a week, sometimes more. But I normally only run 4-5 miles and it has been years since I ran 10.

I was so happy with myself. I called the hubs and told him, just to brag, and because after 13 years, I still want him to think I am awesome.

I started running as an adult because of my husband--should I admit that? We had gone to the beach town where we always used to go (Quintero), because his grandpa had a little house there. He said: "Let's go for a run" and I said: "OK" And we went. I think that was the moment he was sold (and mine forever). Most Chilean women don't exercise that much (unless that has changed now?). So he was impressed that I said yes and that I kept up the whole way and didn't stop.

I have been running ever since...

We used to run up San Cristobal on the weekends. It is a hill in the middle of Santiago--probably 20-25 minutes or so, ALL UP HILL (and steep), plus the 100+ steps to the Virgin at the top (those killed me!). One day I went on a long run by myself up half of San Cristobal and then along a road that goes along the top of the hill. I ended up way up town (near Escuela Militar, I think, or farther). I wanted to take the subway or a bus home but I didn't have any money, so I just kept running, all the way back down to my apt near Parque Forestal (for those of you who don't know Stgo, that is FAR!) I think I was running for over an hour and a half, I think it was about 12-13 miles or so and the longest I have run.

So, now, after running 10 miles, I am hurting. All my muscles are sore (some of it from the gym the last few days). My legs are wobbly and I have blisters on my toes and some chaffing on my thigh where my shorts rubbed. I want to run a marathon some day soon, and I have a tiny taste of what that is going to feel like--painful!-- Today times 2 plus 6 more miles. It'll take some training.

Our kids have always seen us run and it looks like it will rub off on them. G loves to run and is freakishly fast. Nico loves it too. They chase each other around the house, running laps just before bedtime. Here are some pics of G running last year.

Look at the face of a hard-core runner...

and she is all terrain (which is what my hubs says of me--one of my favorite compliments)

and stretching with papi, after a run.

* Title of a book by John Updike.


Lucie said...

That's so awesome that you and your hubby run! I'm sure it will have a very positive influence on your kids to be active. I myself am also a runner and also run 4-5 times a week! I love it!

You want to know what got me running? It's actually really lame...but when my fiance and I first started our relationship, he would always tell me of one of his best friends, who was a girl, and who was an amazing runner (on the university cross country team to be exact!). That was all fine and dandy...until I saw a picture of her...and she happened to be this absolute gorgeous tall athletic girl with a killer bod. Right away my insecurities set off and I was determined that I was going to go to Chile for my first time as fit and in shape as she was haha! So I started running! God looking back it seems so ridiculous!!!

Anyway, now I have her to thank for getting igniting my passion for running! It's been 5 years and I haven't stopped since. Ironically enough, I am now on the university cross country team! Haha!

Abby said...

The picture of G. stretching is priceless. I wish my parents had instilled in me a love of running. I keep trying it to see if I'll magically like it, but usually I just end up pulling something or getting shin splints after running for a week or so and I give it up. Sad.

mosey along said...

I wish I could run. I spent one entire summer running at lunchtime three or four times a week and just never got that endorphin high I was looking for. Hubby loves to run, and so does my daughter, and I usually hike along the trails about a hundred yards behind them as they sprint ahead.

I'm a darn good hiker (and swimmer) though. That picture is sweetness!

anymommy said...

You rock. That stretching photo is absolutely adorable.

Danielle said...

WOW! I am so impressed! I think it's great you run and exercise. It's inspiring! The pics of G are darling! I love her hard core running face.

Sara said...

Wow! I can't believe it. I try to run, but I usually end up walk/jogging. I need to get back into more seriosuly.

Amanda said...

Oscar runs. His daughter is in atletismo because she wants to be just like him. :) It's really cute. Gosh, I don't run. I wish I could. But I think it's great, kids totally pick up on those healthy habits.

Margaret said...

A family that runs together... and all that! Like several others, I wish I could say I enjoyed it, but alas... not for me...
I love the shot of your daughter huffing and puffing as she rounds that bend in the house! And the one of her on the path is as sweet as can be!