I am so not a runner. I have never been athletic. In high school I opted for marching band over PE and was happy to do so. In elementary and middle school I was one of “those” kids that was at the end of the pack… one of the last ones to be chosen for any team sport. It didn’t feel good, but it didn’t scar me for life, either. I knew I wasn’t any good. Athletics just weren’t my thing.
I never understood how people could enjoy running. The term “Fun Run” just seems like an oxymoron to me. I’ve tried off and on to jog/walk, and while I do feel accomplished when I finish, I still don’t “enjoy” it. It’s not my thing.
However, when you’re in your mid-thirties with a frumpy mom-of-three body, sometimes you become motivated to do things you just don’t want to do. And let’s face it — the number that pops up when I step on the scales is just not a pretty sight. In addition, my awesome husband has been running since this summer and has lost over 40 pounds already. On the one hand, I am SO proud of him. On the other hand, it makes me feel worse about my total lack of motivation. I just haven’t found it yet. But, being the supportive wife that I am, I agreed to join him on a “(not-so) Fun Run” in January. It’s to be a family affair.
So… again begins the Couch-to-5K program. I’ve started it twice before without completing, but hopefully the third time is the charm. The program is a 9 week program, and there are only 6 weeks until our run. There would be no harm in walk/running the 5K, but we’ll just see how it goes. Maybe if I train a little I at least won’t be the last to cross the finish line.
So today, my three girls and I did Week 1 Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program. I have a nifty App on my phone that talks you through it. We survived, but two hours later I still feel like I have an elephant sitting on my chest. I realize also that the week before Christmas isn’t the best to try and whip myself back into shape. After all, my kitchen just keeps screaming at me to make ‘holiday treats’ that I typically don’t make any other time of year. It’s partly for that reason that I decided to blog my intentions. It keeps me somewhat accountable. So there you go… I’ll keep you posted.