We all have that friend, the one who we may only see every few months but it seems like we only parted the day before. J is that friend for me. We meet for lunch, or coffee, and we pick up where we left off. We catch up on the news in each other’s lives, make each other laugh, and talk about our goals for running. She is a fantastic person, and she loves to run. She’s run 5k’s, half-marathons, & marathons, is doing a triathlon next week, and dominates her spin class. Fastest runner? Nope. Runs like a Kenyan? Nope. One of the most determined runners I’ve met? Yup. Beautiful, smart, funny, and determined? Men of the world should watch out! She’s a catch, if you can hold on to her. 🙂
At lunch yesterday, we discussed my plans to start working out/running again. Then she did something utterly amazing! My friend who runs half and full marathons is willing to help me out with my plan of action to reintroduce myself to running without injury. What’s my plan? Dynamic warm up for 30 minutes, then walk for about 45 minutes for 2 to 3 weeks; then start running 30 seconds, followed by a minute and thirty second walking intervals for 45 minutes; then up my running to 45 seconds and walking down to one minute for a week; then 1 minute to 1 minute, and so on and so on. Running barefoot, or in reality in my Skora’s, is going to be vastly different, so I’m going to have to take it SO slow so that I don’t re-injure myself. And my vastly experienced friend is willing to slow to a walk in order to help me. She is willing to be my accountability partner while I get back in the groove. I figure it will take at least a month to start keeping myself on track, letting it become a habit rather than a chore, and she’s willing to help me out.
You know that friend? The friend who is willing to sacrifice time for you? She’s that person. And I can never begin to tell her how grateful I am to her for her help and support. Well, I suppose I could share a cupcake and pay for her coffee.