Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Countdown to 5K

It's happened.  I've gone out of my mind and committed to something I never thought I would do.  I mean, I used to make fund of people for running long distances for seemingly no purpose at all.  You know, the cross country team in high school.  Fast forward 15 or so years and having a couple of kids and much lower metabolism has led me to seek out the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to burn some calories.  I like to eat, so I need to like to exercise.

I registered for the Sweetheart 5K that is coming up next month here in town, and I'm still not sure I can do it.  I will say that I ran farther without stopping today than I ever have in my life.  It was slow, but I made it.  Coming out of the holidays it's been harder than I expected to get back in the groove of eating right and exercising, so I thought this would help to motivate me.  I need a goal to keep me from wimping out.

This whole running thing is such a mental battle.  My body is saying, "You can't do it.  Not one more step."  So my brain has to take over and say, "Yes, one more step...and one more..."  until I make it to my goal.  Now you know I'm crazy.

I have no intention of making this a health and fitness blog, but it is a part of my life and how I'm working on developing some discipline...both physically and spiritually.  And so I will write about it from time to time.  If nothing else, maybe I can help someone out there to see that if I can do it, they certainly can!

I'm thinking I need some accountability just in case my $27 and some odd cents isn't enough motivation to keep going.  Because of that, I'll probably be posting some updates.  You'll be glad that it's only 3 1/2 weeks away.  This week I've switched from the Ease into 5K time-based plan I told you about, and I've been trying to find a good place to pick up this plan to increase my distance (because I'm so slow).

I have two goals for this race:
1.  Finish the course.
2.  Do not die...or collapse.

If I can accomplish these, I will be ecstatic!

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