Investing in my commitment
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Hi…remember me? No? That’s cool, and totally understandable! I’m Amy and I’ve realized I have GOT to get back into this whole get healthy thing.
So I’ve basically determined that I have to start over. And by that, I mean I have crept up in weight for the last few years and I am sick of it. What worked for me last time? That Medifast diet that totally worked but that I will probably never do again in my life, and running. So since I’m not going to do the hard core liquid-type diet this time around, what I decided to do is start running again. Here we go…
I have had spurts of desire to run again, but this time I am going to COMMIT to actually getting back into it. And to do that, I have to invest in my commitment, literally and physically. I told my husband I was going to buy a C25K app…it’s only $2 on my BlackBerry, but that’s a big deal for me because I only use free apps and honestly don’t think I’ve ever actually BOUGHT one. So there’s $2. Next, I am signing up for races throughout the year and planning which ones I want to participate in so I have something definitive to work toward. As I have been mulling over different races with different themes, one of my friends randomly texted me asking if I run 5Ks. Over our text conversation, we decided to do some 5Ks together, and we both registered for the Vampire 5K in Dallas in April through a Living Social deal for $30, a savings of 50%...another investment, but a seemingly fun one. You go as a vampire or a citizen and they have checkpoints and themed areas where citizens try to avoid the vampires (I would go as a regular Joe!). We also talked about doing a Firefly 5K in March, which is a night race where they give you glow sticks to run with. I like that these races incorporate FUN *and* EXERCISE. There is also a program called the Run Project through Run On! here in the DFW area, and they have a series of nine races offered throughout the year that I will keep tabs on to keep me going. I feel like this type of investment will keep me motivated, but add in the fun factor and doing this with my friends, and I have a feeling I will be successful in my running endeavors.
My friend who I am going to run the Vampire 5K with is a freakishly tall Amazon woman with looooong legs, so I had to tell her in full disclosure that I am a sloooooow runner, what with my shorty legs and all. She said that was fine, because she is actually a terrible runner. Whew! I picture in my head Pheobe from Friends running…that would be hilarious! LOL
On Tuesday I hit the road with my new app and did the first workout of the Couch 2 5K program. I am going back out to do the next segment this afternoon. My husband asked if it was easy to do the first workout since I had done it before, and I told him hell no it was tough…it’s been YEARS since I’ve actually run. I told my hubs that my first workout was a “wog” – walk+jog, because honestly that’s what the workout actually is, which is nice to ease back into the whole legit running gig.
I also wanted to get back into this ahead of the Starfish challenge because I want to get a head start on that. I have been doing the challenges for a while now and I have never ever been successful at it. Yeah, I’ve participated in the Living the Good Life tasks, exercised here and there, but have never actually lost my 5%, if anything at all. So I hope I can get my head back in the game and be more than just a Starfish, but to be a Successful Starfish.
A few weeks ago I sat next to a lady at church who I know runs and participates in races on a pretty regular basis. I told her, “Man, I want to run again…” and she pointed at my feet and said, “Well, you’ve got those, so nothing should be stopping you.” She was SO RIGHT. She probably doesn’t know what an impact she had on me, but I’ll let her know when I’m done with the C25K program and running races myself.
So there it is. I’m going to run. I’m going to have fun running. I’m going to invest in my running. I’ll keep you posted.