In late 2011, Susan WardÂ with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy asked if Iâ€™d consider being a member of Fredâ€™s Team, a group of runners training for the 39th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon on behalf of the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways.
The men and women on Fredâ€™s team are of varying levels of experience. I fall at the back of the pack.
Yes, I workout regularly and have for years and am more active than Iâ€™ve ever been, but running without a ball (or person) to chase is something different entirely.
Distance running requires commitment and dedication. If I miss a few days of Zumba or lifting weights, itâ€™s easy to jump back in the game. If I skip a couple days of running, I feel the effects almost immediately, particularly in my head.
My career path has given me the luxury of trying a number of things Iâ€™d never considered doing all for the sake of sharing. Running the minimarathon is the only venture I can recall turning down exactly for that reason: Committing to train for the 13.1 mile race would mean having to share what is, for me at least, a terrifying proposition Iâ€™m still not sure I can achieve for myriad reasons, some of which Iâ€™ll share over the next few weeks.
For starters, I love what I do for a living and, like many of you, Iâ€™m sure, spend a little too much time doing it.
There have been days so busy that fitting in a run has required a 3 a.m. wake-up call and ended when my head hit the pillow at 12 a.m. Iâ€™m no math whiz, but Iâ€™m smart enough to know I wonâ€™t be able to keep up that kind of routine, which means something has to give. Iâ€™m still not sure what that will be, but Iâ€™m committed to figuring it out.
For now, Iâ€™m concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other and telling as many people as I can that I am going to run the mini. Sooner or later, Iâ€™ll have to believe it myself.
Iâ€™m running the KDF miniMarathon with Fredâ€™s Team in support of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are a key reason I love living in Louisville. I canâ€™t imagine our city without these fabulous parks.
Thereâ€™s still time to join me and the rest of the members of Fredâ€™s Team. Sign up by going to www.olmstedparks.org or call Susan Ward at 502.802.0667.
If you do join Fredâ€™s Team and youâ€™re interested in running with me during the week, my contact information is at the end of this column.
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