Monday, March 15, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
Last night at 4:00 I started training for a 5K. I have always hated running but here I am in a class of running for dummies. There is a new store in our downtown called RUN WITH IT! They specialize in athletic wear and fitting shoes to people who run or walk. I read in the paper last week about a Running 101 program being taught by Danny Haralson, a Certified Coach of Road Runner's Clubs of AMerica. So I decided to give it a go.
When I say I hate running, that is no joke. My husband has been a runner for 45 years. He will go out on the hottest day in the year and run five miles and think it is just wonderful. He ran his first full marathon 2 years ago in Disney. He has tried to push and pull me into running all my life but it never worked. I tried and gave up many times. About 4 years ago, I met my friend Pat, and Pat taught me how to walk. She dragged me out at 6:30 2 days a week and walked slowly with me until I caught on. Now we can go 3 or 4 miles or more at a good pace and carry on a conversation. I owe a lot to her. I enjoy walking. So maybe I am ready for the next thing. I guess so because I am really excited about the prospect.
There are about 20 people in the class, all ages and shapes and I am by no means the least shapely. Danny told us that he was the founder of the Couch25K program. There are others who take credit for that too but I'll believe him for now. We started out with a mile walk/run. Walk 1/4 mile and then run back 4 times. I stayed with a woman who was a little slower than me, imagine that. Someone was actually slower and I stayed with her so she wouldn't feel like she was last. I was always last and therefore, never liked sports at all. Never got good at anything.
Our assignment this week is to go out and walk/run at least 5 times. So tonight, I will go out with my hubby. He is excited for me as this is my idea! Tuesday night is a group run at 6:00. The shop owner said there are many others who come out to run on Tuesday nights and they always have beer later. So, this is something hubby and I can do together. I'll go in one direction with the slow pokes and he can go in the other direction with the fast folks and we will meet in the middle. And enjoy our beer.
Oh, and I weighed this morning and lost another pound!