Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Life Insurance Plot

Today our group met for our normal Tuesday training. We get an email from Marisa that we are doing a fartlek run. OK I have to admit I have read about these but never have I experienced one.

We meet, we greet, we get our instructions and off we go! Tamara and I stop for a potty break on our warm up and then we are off. My faithful friend has the duty of timing our fartleks. We run the first one, yeah it is tough but ok after a 90 second recovery I am doing ok. Or at least I think I am. How many more do we have? She informs we there are 5 of them and the recovery period gets shorter each time. Who the heck thought of that?. Second one down, third down, I am sinking, my breathing becomes more difficult each time. Fourth one, my heart rate is 190 bpm and I am wheezing. OK I can't catch my breath, my arms are tingling..... I need an oxygen mask... I need my inhaler. Oh did I mention, I have asthma? Yes ASTHMA! Vinegar water is not going to help this acute attack! Please someone force air into my lungs. "Tamara you go on without me, I don't want to slow you down". What does my buddy do? She says "no I am not leaving you while you can't breathe". That is a true friend. But then she informs me that we have 2 more to do.... but maybe not in all out sprints. Then I start thinking.... hmmmm... life insurance.... she is trying to kill me and she and John are splitting my life insurance. I get over the fact my new best friend and my husband are trying to knock me off, and we begin the next one....ok I can't stand for anyone to pass me or leave me behind. So I try to run just as fast Tamara. I keep up, and then the last one! Yes we run all out on it. It is the last one so we kick it into high gear. Then Tamara makes the comment that goes something like I have to keep up whether I can't breathe or not. I hate that... I hate being passed and I hate being left. Yes I realize it happens quite often but if I can help it, it won't happen. That is how I got my running buddy and great friend Jessica from last years group. We were running the track and I could see her catching me on the track so I would speed up. Each time she got close I would speed up again, she finally yells to me that she is trying to run with me not pass me. Sure, I will let you run with me, but I won't let you pass me. Now look, Jess and I are great friends and I can't wait for her to run with me again. This only applies to people who run in my time frame... So Keith, Dena, Chris, John and Pam, have no fear......

Great training tonight group! Thanks for teaching me something new Marisa. Your ears won't be burning tonight. Tamara, thanks for staying with me. I will be checking with my insurance guy tomorrow....

2 comments:

Happyrunningbunny said...

You know I will never leave you during a run. And you can check your policy but don't you know that we are too smart to actually change the policy, we just have a verbal agreement, LOL. Yeah, I'm still up....these Olympics are addictive. Can't wait for our stretching session tomorrow!

Jessica and Kevin said...

Fartlek.... that just sounds awful! You need to carry your inhaler with you girlfriend :) And remember, if you're dead, everyone will be able to pass you!