I Am A Runner

by Alys Drake

I am a really bad runner, but a runner, nonetheless. I can barely finish a 5K in under 40 minutes so the idea of running a marathon is a fantasy for me.

When I first heard about today’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, I was shocked, then frightened for people I knew from Memphis who were running. I quickly checked my Twitter feed for information and sent private messages on Facebook to people I knew would know how certain people were doing. Thankfully, no one I knew was injured.

I will never look at running in the same way again.

What gives me hope in the face of such evil is that my Twitter feed and my Facebook wall were filled with messages of hope and love.

My denomination was quick to post this:

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And this Facebook update encouraging a positive statement we can all take:

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So many people posted these wise words from Mr. Rogers:

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Locally, our Action News 5 anchor, Joe Birch posted this:

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And the Memphis Twitter community quickly embraced the hashtag #memrun to track Memphians at the Marathon:

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I will choose to claim the good in people and see evil for the aberration it is. I believe there are far more people who are good than bad.

The next few months will be filled with analysis and stronger protections for our citizens. Let’s not forget why the line at the airport is taking longer and stop complaining when the NBA wands everyone who enters the FedEx Forum for a Grizzlies game.

And go for a run this weekend.

I got a new toy!


Today, I treated myself to a new toy. Since I’ve been sitting on a gift card from Dick’s Sporting Goods, I decided to buy the Polar FT7 watch. It tells me my heart rate, measures calories burned, how long my workout is and even can tell me how much of my workout burned fat.

Today, I did Day 1 of Week 4 on the Couch 2 5K app and tracked it with my new watch. I followed up my run with about 15 minutes of lunges and other light weight work. I learned that my workout was 57 minutes long, my run was 31 minutes of that, and I burned 401 calories! My average heart rate was 129 and my maximum heart rate was 161. I worked in a fat burning phase for 16:23 minutes and in a fitness phase for 40:24.

I love knowing exactly how hard I’m working. Tomorrow I plan to take my watch to Pure Barre. That will be interesting!

Super Sunday

Sundays are always a busy day for our family but today was even more so. We visited Highpoint Church to be with our cousin as he was baptized. Then we headed over to Christ Methodist in time for our regular Sunday school class and ate lunch at Cheffie’s.

Also, Sundays are special because we get to Skype with our oldest daughter who is living in England until June. Her blog is here, but she hasn’t updated since she arrived. Maybe this will spur her on.

Anyway, add all that to the “Big Game” and today looks like an excuse to blow off exercise. Nope. Not me. Not today anyway. I got out and re-ran the week 3 day 2 of the Couch 2 5K app that didn’t register right yesterday on the treadmill.

I was pretty happy with my time and distance. And it was such a beautiful day.

Tomorrow, I start the Advocare 24 Day Challenge which I’ll tell you more about tomorrow.