Wednesday wanderings heading into June
Speaking of aerobic activities, I was recently reminded of a charity run in Raleigh led by the NC State University students. Annually, they do a Krispy Kreme donut race. The mission is you must run a few miles to the Krispy Kreme, eat a dozen donuts and run back. My guess is the return run is more lethargic.
Staying with the aerobic theme, I was once goaded into a 10K race by my boss who was trying to get me lose a few extra pounds I had added. So, after training, I was ahead late in the race, when I heard from behind “Keith, I am going to catch you.” Not knowing he was actually spent, I sped up the rest of the race making my finish uphill even more exhausting. I was so tired, I did not care about winning at that point.
At my age, I walk and hike now as I can keep it up. When I ran various races over the years, my running revolved around preparation for each race. I would be good at running for about a month afterward, then fall off the running wagon. I did have a huge collection of T-shirts, though, both long sleeve and short-sleeve with the races.
A couple of years ago, I weaned myself of many of these shirts keeping those I liked best or were in the best shape. It was quite the memory lane as I sorted through them. The longest race I ran was a 15K, which was at the beach. I recall the last turn headed us into the wind. It felt like I was running in place, as slowly as I ran.
Even if slowly, I would encourage people to walk, hike, run or do anything aerobically on a routine basis. Preferably, doing so sans donuts and with or without the goal of a T-shirt. You will be better for it.