I get this a lot since I lost “all the weight” back in January 2007. I would say at least 25% of the time I meet someone for the first time, they say (making conversation) “You must be a runner.”
My wife and I joke about it every time someone says it – because we hear those exact words so often.
The last time it happened was back in November of last year during an appointment to have my body fat measured. (I’ll blog more on that another day.) The woman who did the test – who I never met before in my life and who is a professional weight loss consultant – used those words (“Oh, you must be a runner”) the minute she first met me.
What’s the joke between me and my bride?
Here it is: I don’t run – at all. If I had to guess, the last time I tried to run a mile was…I don’t know…maybe 32 years ago when I was 16?
But, because of my build, and current weight, people just assume that I run a lot. Even my personal physician, when commenting on my health status, often adds the tag line “For an exercise enthusiast, like you, these numbers make sense.” (I guess he just doesn’t want to recognize that root cause of my physicality lies in the kitchen and not in the gym or on the road.)
In any event, this week, I decided to start running. Specifically, I’m using the Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan – that some friends recommended for me. The only catch is: Winter.
We had a blizzard here two weeks ago and much of everything still has a lot of snow and ice on it. So, I’ve been limited to the streets. That’s fine. But, it’s also pretty cold where I live – with temps out there mostly in the range of 30 degrees (°F) with windchills in the low 20′s.
But, I made it through the first week of the program. Only real issue was that “Day 1″ where, stupid me, I forgot to wear gloves and my fingers nearly froze off by the time I got home. File that one under: Lesson Learned.
According to the program schedule, I should be able to run a 5K by the beginning of March. And, then, I’ll be able to look people in the eye and say “Yes, I’m a runner.”