Tonight was Week 2 with the Team in Training team in Modesto. Charlie Bob is doing OUR group. Guess we don’t get the luxury of the nice blonde lady. First off, he starts by saying, if our group starts at 7:30am, that means I want to be done talking and you are on the road at 7:30am. Okay, so I guess when the calendar says 7:30, I need to be there by 7 when he starts talking. Got it. I’m late, so um. Wait, I wasn’t, he was early, but hey this is CB time.
He has us take a warm up mile. See? This I don’t know how to do. I don’t know the difference between warm up and run and cool down. So, I try anyway. We stretch, we do skipping and butt kicks. Then he informs us we are doing 4 x 400s. I think this means 4 laps. Nooooooo. You run one, then walk 100, run 200, walk 400. And you do it again. As you run by him, he yells out your time. He tells us your first 400 can’t be your fastest, and your last can’t be your slowest. I can’t remember this.
Anyway, I did 2:35 laps, and on the last one he yells out 2:16. And says…”I’m watching you. You saved everything for the last lap.” I thought it was a compliment, but I think he means I need to run harder. Huh.
Actually, I jest. I like him. A lot. I’d like to think that without his help, I would be following a plan on my own for my first marathon. Considering how I did on my own before, I’m sure CB will inspire and push me more than I could imagine.
The pic at top? My mom, dad and me, circa 1960. I thought of my Dad tonight, because we used to run a mile in the mornings before school. On the last 200 yards or so, he would yell, “Okay now, SPRINT!” I thought of him tonight, because we had to run on the track…and although I was always last on the track team, I can still see him in the stands yelling, “SPRINT!” Plus, I just love the way he is looking at me. It warms my heart.
He was my first CharlieBob. My parents come to visit this weekend for my 30th AA party and Mother’s Day. I am blessed.