Off and Running?

It started innocently enough at the gym this morning. Jenny and I were chatting on the elliptical, and she was talking about her latest run. “If there is one thing I don’t feel motivated to do, it’s running,” I said. Then Lila Anna chimed in that St. Lawrence Place had a 5K in February, and that a lot of people walk it. Before I was off the elliptical, I had committed to walk her 5K. But sometime between hopping off the elliptical and finishing my strength training, I decided that I wanted to run that 5K.

Huh? How did that happen?

I love my friends who run. Two of them, Wayne and Vicki, have even inspired me as I’ve watched them move from walkers to runners. Excuse my overgeneralization, but I also find some runners annoying. Everything is about running; it consumes them. They run injured. They run in extreme temperatures. It’s all they talk about. This is not who I want to be.

The reasons I want to run a 5K, The Race for The Place in particular:

  • I need a non-weight related goal to work toward. I’m getting a little obsessed with the scales, and that’s not good. Working toward a 5K would help me focus more on fitness and overall health vs. watching the scales.
  • I want to see if I can do it. You know, the “you must do the thing you think you can’t” thing.
  • I am really competitive, and sometimes when I see someone on Facebook or Twitter who has run a race, I always think, “They’re a runner? They don’t look like a runner. If they can run a race, I could certainly do it.” Sad, but true.

So, now what?

  1. I texted Traci, who said that I could definitely be ready by February, especially with my trainer’s help.
  2. I downloaded a “Couch to 5K” app called 5K Runner. It coaches you to prepare for a 5K in eight weeks through a three-day-a-week regimen.
  3. I’m going to email Daniel, my trainer, and see how he can help me prepare between now and February.
  4. And I told someone. I told Lila Anna, and I’m also telling you via the blog.

Stay tuned…

One Comment
  1. I would love to hear what you think of your couch to 5k program. You’ve got a great head start being in such great shape already! I would really like to find/put together a soundtrack that would go along with the program, so that when it is time to run, something paced for running comes on, and when it is time to walk again, something paced for walking comes on.

    I’ve been following your story for a long time now. You are a terrific inspiration. I too am a grown-up woman who has never been able to stomach grown-up foods. Everything else I’ve read online is some variation of “get over it and eat a salad.” I would love to hear more about specifically how you have overcome your aversions to various vegetables.

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