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29 May 2009 @ 09:55 pm
 
There's a woman at my gym - let's call her S. - who has transformed herself over the last year. Between being mindful of what she eats, kickboxing twice a week and hitting her company gym every few days, she lost a significant amount of weight, toned up like whoa, and found her once tatchy back has grown strong and sound. With these achievements spurring her on, she decided the time had come for her to run a 5K.

Mindful of a need for balance in the universe, I selflessly ignored my own general nutrition. I exercised less, gained weight and inches and found myself increasingly less inclined to do anything as my jiggly bits expanded. Sure, there were vague motions toward reversing this trend. Without proper motivation, though, nothing stuck...

... until it did. So simple: a number and a letter. 5K.

"S. is a few years older than me," thought I. "And doughy and lame as I am, I still possess some modicum of fitness. If she can drive herself to do a 5K, so can I!"

Let's set aside the fact that I've never really run. Let's ignore my age and weight and BMI and body fat and sod-all knees*. Let's forget my post-stage combat lack of focus, my ceaseless self-doubt. Forget it all, 'cause here's the thing: I'm officially in training for a 5K.

There's a race in Florida (New York, that is... not the state) in mid-August. Both my niece and my SIL are running. Gods willing, so am I. I've got two months to get myself up to speed. I've got a knee brace, a new pair of shoes and some seriously badass insoles.** I've a big tin of Tiger Balm and a just-freakin'-tell-me-what-to-do! podcast.

Let's see what happens.





*well, that's another story. never mind. anyway...

**you've never been fitted for shoes 'til you've been fitted by Frank. seriously.
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Josh Shainejoshwriting on May 30th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
*waves pom poms*

I believe in you. I know you can do this thing.
awomanthatsblueawomanthatsblue on May 30th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
You can do it!

I walked a 3K once, with no training, and it was not so bad at all. I have full confidence that with practice, you will prod a 5K's buttock.

My big brother runs marathons, can you imagine? I think of him whenever I find myself wimping out in life.
Aifacat: YAY!aifacat on May 30th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Sometimes you just need a solid goal - you can do it!!!
Jessica Arielliret on May 30th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I am working on the couch to 5k program! I like these podcasts, since the other was too techno for me.
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on May 30th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
Yay! Cody and I will be rootin' for ya!

I miss doing 5k's. I wanted to do one this summer, but my all my free time has been eaten up by that strange event that is going on in my life... ;)
harpiegirl4: Anne Bolyn violinharpiegirl4 on May 30th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
By the way, http://www.indiesouprunner.com/ is a really great running podcast too, in case you're anything like me and techno and disco make you want to tear your brain out through your ears.
izlziizlzi on May 30th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
You go, girl! :)
Zoë Tzoethor on May 30th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Go you!

The idea of a 5k scares the crap out of me. You are a braver woman than I. :)
aryiana: Twygaryiana on May 30th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I know a few people that have done the C25K and one guy is now in training for a full marathon (!).

Best of luck and I know you will kick ass in this - as you have in most of what I have seen and heard you attempt!!