Starting to run - Again!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I began running in the 70's...the great era of running. My motivation was to loose weight. I was a new vegetarian and living on white flour tortillas and pints of ice cream and putting on weight. I was a student at the University of Texas and lived in the shadow of the amazing UT stadium which was not even locked in those days! Now it's like Fort Knox.
My first attempt at becoming a runner didn't last long as life took me in a different direction, but again in 1981, I found myself a single mom, living near the stadium and started running again. I took my four year old to play in the "sandbox" (long jump) while I ran laps. I worked up to running a mile without stopping and ran my first Capitol 10K at age 30. Over the years I moved on to triathlons, finishing third in my age group (of 3) at my first triathlon.
Today, at 60, I have one marathon under my belt (age 50) and walk now more than run. Recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and in an effort to build bone mass I have begun running again. In many ways I'm in better shape than when I started the first time. I've started again, walk/running laps on a small track...not UT this time. I'm kind of excited about the new possibilities. Due to foot problems, I don't see another marathon in my future...but maybe a half?