What are you training for?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It’s a simple question I was asked while on the treadmill.
I’ve been increasing my time and distance lately so it was a reasonable assumption that I had some race on the horizon. Only I don’t, not yet anyway. Come spring I’ll probably register for one or more 5Ks and if I’m able to build more endurance, maybe even a 10K or a half marathon.
However, there’s a more complex answer to the question. If the schedule of races doesn’t suit me, I won’t enter, but I will keep on “training.”
I like gathering at the starting line and taking off with the group. I enjoy trying to improve, to be better than I was the last time. I love to win hardware, but if I don’t, I applaud the excellence of whatever “old lady” runs faster than me.
So what am I training for?
I want to be ready and able to run a race if the opportunity arises.
I want to be able to run for a bus that’s about to leave.
I want to be able to run for shelter in a sudden downpour.
I think I’m just training for life, a quality of life that I want to maintain as long as I can.