We Were Born to Run

I’m not referring to the Bruce Springsteen song.  Running is wired into our system, at least mine anyway.  I read a lot of books to keep my brain active during my recovery after brain radiation last year.

My favorite book last summer was “Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall. I was physically limited/exhausted for a while and escaped through this book. The author narrates a lot of amazing athletic achievements and some crazy characters.  And barefoot running…

I participated in a sprint triathlon (girls only) with a good friend of mine a year before I was diagnosed with the brain tumor.  It was an exhilarating (and exhausting) experience…400 meter swim, 13 mile bike, and 5K run.  The 400 meter swim was first and was the most difficult part for me…it was evident I  had a hard time breathing, got very dizzy, and just thought I was out of shape.  But it all makes sense now.

I don’t have the desire to ever achieve an ultramarathon as chronicled in the book; but plan to do a few local 5K runs.  Maybe this will be motivation enough to do the sprint triathlon again.  I do want to conquer the swim part… and know that Brigitte can kick butt at the end with running.  Ten months to prepare and doubt the feet will be bare.



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