Time to chime in on this New Year’s Resolution. It may be tooting my horn, but it doesn’t feel like it. In fact, it feels a bit like good news/bad news
2. To shape up physically. I’ve never been petite and won’t pretend to be. I am 6 ft tall, big boned, and have put on weight on top of that. I am as clumsy as they come and want to run and hide when a ball starts flying around. Yeah, I’m a sissy when it comes to sports. I did start Yoga, though, and plan to continue it a minimum 2 times every week. I also would like be on a bike for 30 minutes minimum each week. I have no idea if this will get me into shape, but I have to start somewhere and it certainly can’t hurt. The Y is less than 2 blocks from our home and we are members…shame on me for wasting the resources available to me. They even have a child-watch center that is free! This (like all of my goals, now that I think of it) is not just for me, but for my children. I want to model a healthy lifestyle and want to be able to romp on the floor with grand-kids in the very far off, distant future. Nothing like planning ahead, right?
Good News: I have lost and more importantly, kept off 15 pounds. Hooray! Bad news: My ideal body weight is still 20lbs away. I please but want to lose more, knowing it will take work to take off more weight.
Good News: Thanks to Yoga, I can now not only touch my toes, but can place my palms flat on the floor (no bending the knees!) I am also much more stable and feel more sure footed. Bad News: I am still a klutz…some things are just not fixable.
Good News: I can do 30 minutes on the bike no problem Bad News: I got the notion to run instead. Wait, is that bad news…depends if you ask me on a day I ran.
Let’s stop there for a minute. I want to preface the rest of this by saying I am stubborn. I get it from my dad (hi dad, just kidding, I get it from both of you!) I also want to say that I have not one single bit of athletic experience in me prior to this year, and it shows. Marching band was as close as I got to exercise growing up (and it wasn’t at all intense.) The most exercise I would have gotten the last couple years would be waiting on tables or chasing kids. It’s not that I am lazy, just not athletic. I hate sports that involve a ball coming at me and I do not like to sweat.
I want to run.
I can’t quite explain it, but I want to be a runner in a very stubborn sort of way. So stubborn that I think if it took 5 years to get there, I would still be wanting to do it. Stubborn enough, that the only thing stopping it is a doctor saying I can’t and even then I’d likely not pay good attention. Perhaps it is a quest for time that is just mine. I know body shape and weight has something to do with it. I also know instilling healthy habits in my kids is part of the desire. It is a very stubborn feeling though. Similar to my feelings on the way we eat. It just is what it is. I want to be able to run a 5K (3.1 miles), no walking…run.
Some would say I already am a runner, but I don’t feel like it. In four weeks time, I have myself up to about a half mile running before my body screams for mercy. It sounds so pathetic to say, there are people running marathons for goodness sake! I keep reminding myself that it is a half mile more than many could or would run, but it isn’t good enough for me. I mainly walk/run… I can do that for 3 miles. I want to be able to run those 3 miles, though.
Why do I get stubborn about the oddest things? Why can’t I get stubborn about cleaning the house, weeding, or losing another 10lbs?
So here is the thing. Next Friday I am signed up for a local 5K. I know that I won’t be running the entire thing and I am good with that. My husband is running with me to support my new habit. Bless his heart, I don’t think he realizes how frequently he will be walking and have given him my blessing to keep on running. I will see him at the finish line regardless. I am determined to run more than half of it, though. He has been athletic in the past and has ran in the past. I will likely finish last and that is okay, so long as I finish.
I am starting in on a program to help me with distance (okay, distance for me) running. It’s called the Couch to 5K …any of you heard of it or done it? Everywhere I look it is recommended so I figure what have I got to lose. I don’t want to injure or damage myself, though, so I am taking days of rest as recommended. Taking care of this household with an injury would not be fun.
So, anyone want to join in with me on the Couch to 5K?
The program is 9 weeks, running 3 times a week, working up to being able to run a full 30 minutes. I would love to have a bit of support and would like to be able to talk about it with others. Regardless, I plan on starting tomorrow with the hopes of finishing up by Labor Day. I will update after each run as a type of log. I hope to not whine so much, but feel like I need some place to keep myself accountable. I have people I know in real life that read, so putting it here will keep me at it.
Don’t everyone comment all at once, there is no limit to the number or people who can join me on this!