I Really Am Smarter Than I Look

I honestly did graduate from college, not that some piece of paper means anything really. But I’ve also had some good jobs that required mental acuteness. My strength has always been the ability to think creatively and “outside the box”. However, once I had children, I suddenly became stupid.

It was sort of a gradual thing, I think. Although I can’t really remember what it felt like to have a really good idea or a thought that was complete. I know that I used be able to finish a sentence without blanking out or have a vague recollection of how to dress myself in the morning. 

My attempt at finishing this past fall’s 5k was feeble, to say the least, but now that I’ve been asked to be a bride’s maid (or would it be matron since I’m married?) in my cousin’s wedding this coming July, I’m a little more motivated to get back in shape. I’m a goal-oriented person, and slightly competitive, so it made sense to find a partner to keep me on track and a specific event to prepare for over the next few months. I scored on both. My partner “J”  and I have committed to run an 8k in March and then another 5k in May. Since we both struggled in our most recent running experience, and we have ample time to prepare, we decided to take our training slowly.

We are using Hal Higdon’s training schedule. The 10k training made the most sense to both of us in order to work on both our distance and our speed. However, it is an 8-week plan, which means we would be done well before March. Also, since we barely made it through our last 5k, we knew this was going to take a great deal of dedication and endurance. So, creative me suggested we do each week twice and turn it into a 16-week training. My partner thought that was brilliant.

DW found me dubiously looking at my training schedule on the first day. It was already 9 o’clock at night. We had just finished putting the kids to bed and a final load of laundry in the dryer.

“What’s the matter?” he asked.

I handed DW the training schedule, pointing to the first day.

“Really? You’r e going to run 2.5 miles tonight before bed?”

I slowly shook my head, disappointment and failure already creeping in.

“Yes! I’ve already told J that I would follow this schedule with her.”

(If you read this with a whiny voice in your head, that would be pretty accurate.)

“Did either of you even run 2.5 consecutive miles at our 5k last month?”

“No,” I said sheepishly. “We decided to double each week to make it easier, but now I’m not sure I can even get through the first day!”

DW smiled. “Well, of course not, this schedule assumes you already run. At least a  little.”

“Well, what are you saying? I’m not gonna quit!”

(Yes, more whining.)

DW put the paper down and gave me a big hug.

“Of course not, ” he replied calmly, “But might I suggest that you and J start with the 8-week 5k training and then go into the 8-week 10k training? Correct me if I’m wrong, but that still equals 16-weeks.”

I hate love it when he is smarter than me.

 Need another good laugh at my expense? Here’s this month’s humorous article at Blissfully Domestic.

4 thoughts on “I Really Am Smarter Than I Look

  1. Ha, ha! Well, I hope you get a reasonable(??) training schedule in place soon.

    For me, I lost all memory skills after Baby #2. And I always prided myself on not having to write anything down. But now that’s all lost.

  2. Emily,
    Funny stuff. I can understand the mental blockage that comes with children now that I have 2 of my own. I also understand the difficulty in preparing for runs like this. I have run 2 marathons and plan on running another next fall and I still have a hard time getting motivated to run. Good luck and I’ll be following your blog. Hope you’ll check out mine as well, about my journey to complete 30 things before I turn 30 next year. Also alot of random stuff about life in general.

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