2.20.2011

Finally on the inside

I'm a stadium running kind of girl. I love running stadiums. It all started during my good ol' high school years. And for the most part, wherever I go, I tried to find stairs to run. After seven months of living in Oklahoma, I finally found my stairs. And conveniently enough, they're just a hop, skip, and a jump away. So, why did it take me seven months to discover them? Well, truth be told, they were discovered the day we discovered our house. It just took seven months to figure out how we were going to get inside the gate to actually use them.

Every day we drive past the middle school, I imagine what running those stairs would be like. And let me tell you, we drive past that middle school on a daily basis. Almost. But with a gate securely fastened around the entire stadium, the thought of ever getting inside seemed highly unlikely. 

Thanks to last weeks awesome weather, and the walk John and I took the other night, we decided to finally scope out the area and find a way in. So that's just what we did. Maybe it requires "breaking in" but hey, that's never stopped me before. Oh, and for the record, we never saw any "no trespassing" signs, so I think it's A-okay.

Yesterday I begged John to come with me to run the stadium. He opted for sitting in the stand and studying instead. So, he studied and I got my sweat on. We make a great team. And for the record, I didn't feel so bad "breaking in" when we discovered someone else in there, too. Yes, other people's actions help to justify my own on occasion. I'm ok with that. 

So, here they are, in all their glory, the stairs that have left me nearly paralyzed from soreness. No joke. My legs have never felt as immobile as they do right now. They may not look like much, but trust me when I tell you they're steep, and they're going to leave my behind, calves, and quads looking pretty ding, dang, dong, amazing.

I give you my new love, Taft Middle School, in all her ghetto glory:


Do you see how steep those stairs are?

Never in all my years of running stadiums have I ever felt quite this sore. In fact, I don't think any work out has ever left me feeling the way I do right now. And that's saying something. Probably that I'm incredibly out of shape, but I like to think it means these stairs are just that good. Awesome.

9 comments:

Lindsay said...

Oh gosh how I hate the stairs! I have never really been a stair girl, however, I do the same as you. I will see a cool "Running place" and imagine running there evey time I drive past. Sigh... I have not been running in a long time. Walking has been my friend.

JazznJenna said...

I'm with Lindsay in not relating very well to the affinity for stairs, but I can envision you on there sweating and loving it--cool for you! I'm so happy for you finding a way in. Victory!

Cody and Rachelle said...

Nice stairs!! They should keep you in pain for awhile...My calves are really sore from just the weekend of running on some (small) hills outside, I can't imagine what those stadium stairs would do to them!

Cynthia Lovell said...

Good for you!!! I wish I could do it. I had trouble climbing the stairs when we were in the Yucatan, MX.
Enjoy it while you can!!! Glad it's so close.

Joy said...

Oh, I remember the summer we ran stair together...I miss trying to keep up with you(like that would ever happen)! Run Amy Run! Find a race for us so we can visit.

carla thorup said...

stairs seem nutty and remind me of HS torture soccer clinics.

but i'm glad there are people out there that do love them. and i bet my calves and legs would like me a lot more if i tried... and if i do recall, you've always had great legs. way to be the example.

Nick & Dana said...

yikes, i could never.. and i don't think i'd ever want to do that! lol. good for you, you rock!

Alicia said...

Is that bad that I am reading your post eating girl scout cookies? Well, I did go to the gym today.. : )
xoxo love ya! Hey, by the way I want your cell ph number so I can text you!

Cynthia Lovell said...

Was really looking for some more BLOGGING this week, especially this weekend. Missed hearing from you guys!!!