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Something Strange Is Happening Here!!!

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

I am so glad you all stopped by today because I am really trying to figure out just what happened to me. It is really difficult to explain but I think something weird is going on here and I have to figure it out.

I am not sure if someone slipped me some weird koolaid or if I was abducted by aliens that performed some mind altering experiments on me. lol Let me explain and maybe you can help me come to a conclusion.

So I have ALWAYS said that I hate exercise. I am starting to sort of like it. I say sort of because I have to push myself from time to time (a lot) but I like how good I feel when I get done. I also really like seeing my tracker filled out with the exercise and the minutes going up and up! Oh yes, and the trophies for achieving certain levels each month = BIG smiles and excitement.

I have also said that no matter what happens on my journey, this girl is NOT going to run. It is all well and good for others to run but it just isn't for me. Now here is the weird thing that has been happening. Everywhere I turn, I am seeing commercials with people
running. I am finding motivational quotes that I love but the picture is of people running. I visit Sparkpages and what do I find, people with pictures from races that they ran. I see pictures of people who have decorated their work areas with the race tag thingys (you know those entry number things they wear) hanging all around. I go to read blogs and they are about running and training for races. They are so motivating, don't get me wrong. Let me continue. I can see that the runners in the audience are getting antsy.

I began to watch the Olympics and I am enjoying the events. I keep hearing about all the training they have done. It is so motivating.

Then I start having these dreams at night. I keep seeing myself running a race. Did I say RUNNING?? Are you kidding me? I have had a hard time visualizing myself reaching my goal weight but I can have a dream at night about RUNNING!!! To top it all off, I joined the Spark team for the 5K Your Way. What was I thinking? A 5K? Really? I keep thinking about walking races and working up to running. What is this SparkPeople doing to me?

Could it be that I am catching the running bug? Could those little number tag things be in my future? Wait, what will my mom say to all this? I told her that there was NO WAY that I would be a runner. Maybe I am finding the REAL me. Maybe there is a runner in there
trying to break out. If so, she has been VERY well hidden and until now, she has been very quiet. Maybe her mouth was duck taped!

I guess it is time to nurture this thing. Have I lost it completely? This is still so strange so totally out of character for me. It is a new frontier for me. It is weird but at the same time exciting. I am starting to feel excited about that rumber tag thingy! Okay you runner people, what is that thingy called so I can talk like I have some kind of sense! lol

So, here it is August 1st and I am beginning my 5k training (walking) and I know there is a race coming up locally in September. Will I be walking in it? I just might!



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VBA2009 4/17/2013 8:39AM

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FATHINSN 9/19/2012 12:06AM

    Hmm, interesting, watching Olympic and get inspired :D I wish I did follow some of the sport events, especially those running because I still can't find the motivation to actually love running!

Good luck with your 5K, WOOHOO!

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VICKYMARIEC 9/14/2012 9:32AM

    Love it!

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NETGNAL 9/3/2012 11:35AM

    Love it!

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TERRIJ7 8/29/2012 11:59AM

    Isn't it wonderful how little changes in lifestyle can lead to such unexpected things?

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TRICIAE2 8/23/2012 12:11PM

    FABULOUS!!!

I never fancied myself a runner either, but I am LOVING it! I'm on Week 4 of C25K. And actually I hardly ever use the program because I am running with other people and actually KEEPING UP!!!

So go ahead and take it slow, RUN IT!

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NANABE 8/16/2012 7:10PM

    Great motivating blog! Good luck on your 5K

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MISSLISA1973 8/14/2012 2:20AM

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(And I'm sure someone's told you, but I don't see it, so I'll tell you... it's called a bib. And the number on it is called your bib number. emoticon )
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PENOWOK 8/11/2012 9:35PM

    Why Not???!!!

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DOTTY7267 8/10/2012 2:20PM

    You can do it!

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SLIMLEAF 8/9/2012 6:30PM

    Excellent! Welcome to the world of running!

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JODIMV 8/8/2012 9:25AM

  Go get 'em!

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BOBBYD31 8/7/2012 8:50PM

    lol that is great and the same thing Anne said when we started getting healthier but guess what, she has done a half marathon and runs on a regular basis , she loves it. be patient and take your time training, repeat weeks as need. there are plenty of 5k's out there so don't feel pressured to do one so quickly. you can do it!

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HYATTI1 8/7/2012 8:06PM

    It awesome that you have found a way to enjoy exercise there are so many of us that love the thought of it but deep down we just cant get the hang of it at least full time. I always have good intentions but they fall short at every bump in the road. Keep up the good work.

Joanna

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SNEVIL1 8/7/2012 1:06PM

    I was the same way! Now i've done 2 5k's, signed up for a 10k end of Sept, and a half marathon in Oct! Can I run 13 miles right now. HECK NO! Could I walk/crawl 13 miles? Sure! I'll finish the race in one form or another, so why not give it a try!? The 5k's were fantastic! I jogged some of it and walked some of it. People were along the race route cheering us on. During the 2nd 5k it was a smaller race and there weren't people cheering the whole time, but when the girl who run the race was running back towards me as she was nearing the finish line (just as 1 was nearing the 1 mile marker) she said good job to me. I almost started crying! People are so supportive and it made me feel so good to know that i was out there giving it a try. I was almost last (101 out of 107 people), but who cares! Millions of people were still asleep and many more are out there too afraid to try. During my first 5k there were people in wheelchairs doing the race. It is such an empowering feeling. Give it a try! (you should also check out MOM2IAN's blogs. A short time ago she said she hated running and refused to do it. Now she's running more than I am!).

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SKNYMOMWANNABE 8/7/2012 12:46PM

    Go for it...I have creaky knees, no cartiledge in one, it became a mind over matter thing... huffed and puffed through my first 10K...did it again and on an endorphin high signed up for a half marathon(not as fun as I'd hoped) Went back to 10K's-have increased my trutle speed, own a running tutu, burned out many pairs of shoes, have lots of running socks. Oh and I started running at the light weight of 246...so really, just pace yourself, enjoy it. Take cues from your body and adjust as needed. emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 8/7/2012 12:37PM

    Spark does have a way of doing funny things to us big girls. I have my first "race bib" hanging here at my computer. I did a walk/jog race. More walking than jogging, but next year, there will be more jogging than walking. Sign up for the race. Just crossing that finish line will make you feel so good. :)

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BECKYCOLVIN 8/7/2012 12:28PM

    I just wanted to say, if running ends up NOT working for you, don't worry. There is some connection between running and racing and fitness and athleticism. But some bodies do not respond well to running. I have an ACL reconstruction and meniscus damage, and it took me a long time to accept that running is not going to be part of my fitness, unless I want to have a knee replacement at 50. There are many active choices that create fitness without the impact of running.

But if you become a great runner, that is awesome!

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SHERRY28269 8/7/2012 10:15AM

    Instead of thinking of walking or running why not combine the two and as you get more endurance run more. You have to try it to see if you like it or not. emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/7/2012 3:54AM

    I felt the same way, but in middle school! When high school rolled around, I began to love running and sports! I would have never thought I would ever like being active. If I was told that I'd be in sports, love P.E., and love exercising up to 22 years old, I would have thought the person telling me was crazy!

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EASH5M 8/6/2012 9:25PM

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LUPITA1209 8/6/2012 2:54PM

    Awesome!!! Good for you, and that number thingy is called a Race Bib. Good Luck!! emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 8/6/2012 12:36PM

    Running was the theme, so running you may be doing. emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 8/6/2012 11:36AM

    emoticon emoticon Great! Keep it up. It can only get better!

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FATBASTICH 8/6/2012 9:29AM

    Very cool!

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NHEMBERGER 8/6/2012 8:49AM

    Sounds like you'll be a runner before you know it!

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TPETRIE 8/6/2012 7:08AM

  Way to go.

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DIBRN5 8/5/2012 4:18PM

    Way to go. I am also getting back into working out. I am planning on being in my fisrt 5k run/walk in Sept. I am starting today to train. Best Wishes!!

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MILMOM2000NEW 8/5/2012 8:54AM

    Awesome! :) Congrats on liking working out!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 8/5/2012 8:45AM

    We all need to break out of our comfort zones..............and you are doing just that. Congrats!!!! You CAN do this! One. Step. At. A. Time.

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JANIEWWJD 8/5/2012 3:14AM

    Hey, that's really neat. Don't let anyone stop you!!!
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SSHIRLCAL 8/5/2012 2:03AM

    Cool

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SKINNYGUTS1 8/5/2012 12:50AM

    Ha I hope this happens to me

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VSTRIC01 8/5/2012 12:41AM

  way to go!

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BBAHONORS 8/5/2012 12:11AM

    Those race number thingys?...they're called bibs.

Enjoy your journey!

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YAYAZEN 8/4/2012 9:44PM

    Awesome! Keep it up. Don't you love exercising & sweating? I love the feeling! I think it's the feeling of knowing that you are working your butt off for something worth living for...YOU! You're a new motivation & inspiration sweetie. More power to you! emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/4/2012 9:15PM

    Good for you!
It sounds like you are on your way to becoming a runner.


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ANDREAG89 8/4/2012 8:56PM

    Awesome! Enjoy that 5K! You'll really like it - you'll probably be surprised by how much you like it. :-)

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Good luck with your training. Great blog!

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