If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you???

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Who hasn't heard that one in their lifetime? Or, said it to your own kids... Now of course this question is usually posed after having done something that is maybe...not so smart...
I usually consider myself quite independent (to the point of being subborn!) and I have been known to get into things just to prove someone wrong! I also know that although I may have grand ideas (ie. wish lists) I don't always follow through either...
But, how about this scenario?
You sign up for SparkPeople because a friend tells you about it & you are intrigued....
You start to exercise more & try new activities because a friend not only suggests it but is willing to join you...
You sign up for half marathon training because you just completed your first 5k and it was so much fun....and you now have a friend that is willing to do it too....
You run through the winter, not just because you have paid for the clinic (I have wasted so much money on "diets" that despite not being able to afford it, money spent is not always enough motivation for me!) but because your friend expects you there... and eventually, the new friends you make expect you there too...
You start to eat cleaner becuase so many of your friends are and look at the results they have had...and you realize it's not a fad (ie ANOTHER DIET!), it's smart and it's healthy!
You join "challenges" on SP knowing that if your friends can do it, you can too... And if not, well there is the support - both giving & receiving because hey, that's what friends do for each other...
You check in daily with SP and learn that no matter what, someone somewhere has felt the same way as you at any given moment and if they can keep at it you can too...
You start to sign up for races even though you are scared spitless of not being able to finish strong... or finish at all for that matter, but for once TRYING is just as important as DOING... (Plus it really is a great feeling to think that you have reached a point that you can sign up!)
You start to think of trying other "athletic endeavours" that prior to this you would never have considered because...you've got it...your friends are too!!
So, back to the original question at hand... Well as a matter of fact, if it was my SP friends I probably would jump off that bridge... (And for God's sake Jen don't get any ideas - I'm just speaking figurativaly!!) so far they seem to be leading me in the right direction.... And even though I might have that "OMG what have I done?" moment on occassion (ok - regularily!) once the realization that I have done it has sunk in, it's usually quickly followed by "what's next?" because in reality I am having way too much fun following my friends off that bridge!!
So, my friends- take a deep breath and JUUUUUUMMMMP!!!

Oh ya, the whole point of this blog - just got registered for Dirty Girls 30k & Run4Chocolate Half Marathon - yep, if Jen (SPIRITRUN) is involved, chances are I am too... Copycat? Maybe...I like to think of it as more of a Thelma & Louise kind of thing - just without the car going off the cliff - we all have our bridges, nice to have someone along for the jump...Although there is absolutely no way I am signing up for a 50k, now way, no how...this year....
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    LOL! Love your "this year..."!
    4073 days ago
  • LDY_ALI_79
    This blog was incredible! I agree that SP is very contagious! People get to doing things you never thought were possible or obtainable & your curiosity gets the best of you!

    Rock on superstar because that's what you & your friend are!
    4076 days ago
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4076 days ago
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    Im reading to JUUMMPP with you after reading this blog!
    4076 days ago
  • KARVY09
    You guys have an awesome friendship and I love following you both here on Spark! I wish I had an active buddy who pushed me along and raced with me. Keep it up!
    4076 days ago
    Nothing I have ever read in the whole wide world has ever made me feel as happy, warm and fuzzy as this blog. I am having way too much fun, too, and I owe it to you for inspiring me, too. We are the Thelma and Louise of running, fun and fitness!

    Now, wanna go bungee jumping??? emoticon

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    4076 days ago
    From one stubborn person to another.... congrats on signing up for more running fun.... though jumping off a bridge would be quicker and less painful....LOL.

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    4077 days ago
    If there friends are right, I'd jump off with 'em too! Sometimes you just gotta trust that your friends know what's best for you!

    So excited that you're doing Dirty Girls!!!!! I'll so be at the finish line cheering you guys on! Besides, my friend is still going to be running round and round and round for 24 long hours...
    4077 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4811290
    emoticon emoticon on signing up for those races (Wow 30K!)!! And I think you're lucky to be able to run with someone else. I'm going to jump into a half marathon again, but when and where is still open.
    4077 days ago
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    Great blog! I love this way of thinking! Congratulations to you and to all of your friends who have helped you along the way!
    4077 days ago
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