Why did I agree to run a 5k? I don’t run.

I’ve just returned from buying a pair of running shoes. I told my nephew that I would run a 5k with him. What was I thinking? Sure, I didn’t tell him when I’d run it, but it still obligates me to at least start the process. Right now I can run about half a block.

Biking? Sure, I’ll go miles. But running? I shudder.

And yet, he is my nephew and I adore him and I’m pleased that he wants me to do this with him. It’s just… 5k. Running.

Maybe I should tell him that I’ll run it if I become a NY Times Bestselling author? If it happened, that would at least be a win-win situation, or adequate compensation for the PAIN. Again, I ask, what was I thinking?

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11 Responses

    1. Mary Robinette Kowal

      Yes. Although the training will happen while we are 3000 miles apart and I have no doubt that he’ll outpace me in the actual run. But it means that when we are together, I can go with him.

      1. Deire

        Heh. I know how the distance can be. :g: Jut affirming that you were thinking good thoughts, hopefully not in a patronizing way, since that is very much not my intent.

  1. Peter Honigstock

    Mary-
    I’m not a runner myself, but I would think it would seem less intimidating to think of it not as a 5K, but as 3 miles.
    (Smaller number…)

    Peter

  2. Mary Rodgers

    Just start slow and gradually work your way up to longer distances and faster paces. Once you begin your training, you will be amazed at how quickly you improve. I love biking, but running is and always has been my first love. You get to experience and integrate with the landscape around you in a very different way.

    And rememeber to stretch afterwards! Quads, IT bands, calves and feet. Oh, and your back. Your body will thank you in the morning.

    I look forward to following your progress. Good luck!

    Cheers,
    Mary