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New Year 5k challenge

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The question I have to answer for myself is "What is the 'it' in my life that I want to accomplish at this point in time? Losing weight and getting in shape is an admirable goal but there has to be more, right? There has to be something that makes me say "Wow, I can't believe I did that?"

Workout out for the sake of working out and getting/staying in shape is great. But, what is behind it? That motivation is different for everyone. Heck, my motivation is different today than it was 6 months ago. I'm much stronger now. I'm challenging myself and my body to do more.

But I still am looking for my "it". I've started increasing my running time during my walk/run workouts. Could running a 5k by my "it"? That seems almost impossible right now, especially when my speed is still 4.0 to 4.5. They say sign up for a race and that will motivate you....been there, done that and ended up walking it with a friend (and all the other people who didn't train).

No this time the motivation has to come from within. I have to tackle the mind over body obstacle. I have to push through the 5 minute running wall. I have to gradually increase my speed.

I'm putting this out there because I am challenging myself publicly to do this. I am giving myself 4 months to run 3.2 miles non-stop starting in January. There are many Mother's Day races for breast cancer and my "it" is to run in one with one (or more) of my daughters. emoticon

I am going to start a weekly blog series to keep myself accountable. I know this seems like a strange time to set a goal like this with the holidays and all that means right in front of me, but my hope is that by putting it out here, it will keep me motivated through the end of the year.

If you want to me join me, Spark mail me and we can encourage and support each other.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GEORGE815 12/12/2013 6:34PM

    Here's to that day we actually have done it!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 12/11/2013 2:01PM

  You can run for me! I have breast reconstruction surgery on Friday, the 13th to replace my inserts with implants. I had my mastectomy on Valentine's Day this past February. All survivors everywhere thank you for giving your time and training to the worthy cause of breast cancer research. Keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RANDALLWM 12/11/2013 12:21PM

    Admirable goal, never ran any race, I would like to. Good luck!

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KEVINMACSR 12/11/2013 10:57AM

    What a great blog! thank you for the inspiration!

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LWADE1963 12/11/2013 10:49AM

    i am right there with you. been wanting to complete the c25k. cant get beyond week 6. i am very slow.
i will be watching for your blogs and feel free to email me to help support each other emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 12/11/2013 10:31AM

    Great Goal! I did the C25K last year - gradually building up from the 1 min jog, 1 min walk thing - and completed by first (and only) 5k charity race last June in about 34 mins! I thought I'd be able to keep up the running, but I didn't. Now I am also planning to start training again. I shall watch your blogs :)


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SHALOMFROMWOO 12/11/2013 10:05AM

  You can do it!! I love "running" even though I am a VERY slow running. I can go almost forever - but I do it slowly.
I have a turtle on my desk and he reminds me that we all move at different speeds - it's just important to keep going.
Have a great day and I think your blogging to hold yourself accountable is fantastic.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/11/2013 10:00AM

    Never a strange time to set a goal. (smiling)

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