In late 2011, Susan Ward with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy asked if I’d consider being a member of Fred’s Team, a group of runners training for the 39th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon on behalf of the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways.
The men and women on Fred’s team are of varying levels of experience. I fall at the back of the pack.
Yes, I workout regularly and have for years and am more active than I’ve ever been, but running without a ball (or person) to chase is something different entirely.
Distance running requires commitment and dedication. If I miss a few days of Zumba or lifting weights, it’s easy to jump back in the game. If I skip a couple days of running, I feel the effects almost immediately, particularly in my head.
My career path has given me the luxury of trying a number of things I’d never considered doing all for the sake of sharing. Running the minimarathon is the only venture I can recall turning down exactly for that reason: Committing to train for the 13.1 mile race would mean having to share what is, for me at least, a terrifying proposition I’m still not sure I can achieve for myriad reasons, some of which I’ll share over the next few weeks.
For starters, I love what I do for a living and, like many of you, I’m sure, spend a little too much time doing it.
There have been days so busy that fitting in a run has required a 3 a.m. wake-up call and ended when my head hit the pillow at 12 a.m. I’m no math whiz, but I’m smart enough to know I won’t be able to keep up that kind of routine, which means something has to give. I’m still not sure what that will be, but I’m committed to figuring it out.
For now, I’m concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other and telling as many people as I can that I am going to run the mini. Sooner or later, I’ll have to believe it myself.
I’m running the KDF miniMarathon with Fred’s Team in support of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are a key reason I love living in Louisville. I can’t imagine our city without these fabulous parks.
There’s still time to join me and the rest of the members of Fred’s Team. Sign up by going to www.olmstedparks.org or call Susan Ward at 502.802.0667.
If you do join Fred’s Team and you’re interested in running with me during the week, my contact information is at the end of this column.
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