I sure did.
It’s not that I dislike running; it’s just…who am I kidding, running is for people who like running. Even though I feel inadequate at the gym, it’s even worse when you see someone effortlessly breezing through the air with barely a sheen of sweat on their brow, and then there’s me, stopping to walk every five minutes, which is totally the truth.
I decided I was going to do the Lake Loop, 11 miles around Lake Monona. It started off pretty well, actually. I walked 5 minutes, then ran 5, then walked 5, then ran 5. Then, as I stopped at a water fountain, I checked how far I’d gone…
Barely 2 miles.
This was going to be a long afternoon.
At the water fountain was a guy with two Bichon Frises. We got to talking about running, and he mentioned that he and his wife ran the Madison Marathon. I asked him if he really enjoyed it. His response?
“Well, one day I met this one girl running on the Lake Loop, and I asked to run with her, and we’ve been married 35 years.”
Suddenly the afternoon didn’t seem so long anymore.
I continued my on-and-off run, until Olbrich Park.
And it was getting kinda late. At this rate, I wouldn’t be home until dark, so I turned around and went home, running off and on, getting home just before the rain.
And that’s how I spent two hours this afternoon, not working on my second paper. Whoops. At least I got some exercise.