So, I may have mentioned that I joined a running group called Black Girls Run. The Austin group is so supportive and for a long time I was a lurker on the Facebook page...months before I ever joined a run. A friend of mine joined the group and basically told me one day that I was going to join a run. Unable to come up with a suitable excuse, I agreed.
It was an early morning run on a Saturday at Ladybird Lake aka Town Lake. I hadn't run in a couple of months and was nervous about running in front of people and passing cars and not looking like Sanya Richardson. Confession: I run on a treadmill in the Cardio Movie Cinema at the gym, because it's dark and everyone is watching the movie, and it's easier for me to believe that nobody is looking at me. I really had to step out of my comfort zone to hit the trail that day, but I did it. There was only one incident with a dog...my biggest fear of running outside...but he only darted out of the water towards me en route to his owner. I almost peed myself, and so did my running partner. We didn't realize we had run into the leash-free area on the trail. Trust, that will never happen again. After our run, we went to the Juice Bar for wheatgrass shots and smoothies. It was a perfect morning. Highlight: One of the runners recognized me from my vlog! She was like, Iknow your face and your laugh--where do I know you from? It was awesome.
I managed to run two miles and walk two miles back at a relatively decent pace for my first run outside. Austin runners are such cheerleaders! Twice when I slowed to a walk and was obviously fighting for my life out there, I had runners pass me and say, "You're doing great--keep it up" or something similar. Perfect strangers!
I can't say that I will never run out there again. I imagine when the weather cools a bit, a run on Town Lake will feel a lot less like death. I'm not sure when I'll make it back out there, but I am committed to my treadmill runs once again. Saturday I ran two miles and watched the first half hour of Batman Begins. Going for another one today.
Still waiting to experience the runner's high everyone keeps talking about. I'd probably have to do more than two miles to get there, huh? Wish me luck!