I'm not the only runner out there (it's funny- I still struggle to adopt the title "triathlete") who used to be that kid. In reality, I wasn't often picked last, but that was only cos the teachers would number us off to avoid just that. But I have those same memories of school PE- of being the last on the court in a fun but sometimes cruel game called bench ball. Of the quiet and not so quiet groans of kids when I ended up in their teams. Of dropping balls and missing easy hits. I remember the year I came second in the standing long jump competition at school and got to represent the school at interschool athletics. My teacher, reading the list of names stopped when she came to me and said "Really?"
Anyway, I am pleased to report that I am now 100%-for certain-officially NOT THAT KID. In March we are started a cheesy team "wellness" challenge at work- wear a pedometer and monitor your non-ped exercise for a month or something. First day it was announced, someone asked me to be in their team. Second day, the people trying to put together a super competitive team asked me. Yesterday another person.
The wellness challenge should be fun. I'm not going to let myself change my core workout programme, but am using it to concrete some good incidental exercise habits- walking to (and from) work where possible (it's about 2.5mi, half down/up hill, half flat). Walking around the bays or in the gardens with friends at lunchtime. Taking the stairs. My training is not high volume enough at the moment to have a reason not to do those things, so I've been making an effort with them. If I could only fix my eating habits (this week has been a giant step forwards, but not giant enough!) I'd be looking toned and streamlined in no time!
Heading out for my long run now (with C, so it's not going to be on pace, sorry FIRST)- will post a workout/week update when I get back!