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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The word "committed" can bring entirely different ideas to someone's thoughts. Those contemplating marriage might instantly think of committed relationships. On SparkPeople, some might think committed to being healthy, to a program, to eating better. I tend to think of the word in terms of being locked away. ;) Having said that, I think the term fits me, potentially in more than one way.

I've been thinking a lot about the word and how it applies to me in regards to running my first 5K in June. A co-worker, when I confessed my plan, he asked what inspired me to take on this challenge. I said a history of insanity and got a hearty laugh in return. But his question gave me some pause - what was the reason?

I have a fondness for Ireland, Irish history, etc. In my area, is a place called the Irish Cultural Center. They have programs throughout the year and though I've yet to make it to one, I want to. Last year, after the fact, I saw they had this 5K race and if you enter, you get admitted to the Irish Festival. "Well sign me up!" I thought. "I am so doing that next year." I added. But I've never run. It's against some basic tenet of mine. The never run unless something is chasing you tenet.

So I've told everyone except my CEO (who is evil, but a runner) about my plans. If you tell enough people, I've found you have much more accountability because people will check on you to make sure you're working toward it, even if it is just to make fun of you. I've started the couch to 5k training (today is W2 D1). I haven't signed up for the race yet, but only because they haven't started accepting registration. I bought running shoes, my first pair, and by far, the most expensive shoes I've ever purchased. I'm not a shoe chick. Safety shoes for work, cheap sneakers for day to day stuff, hiking boots for well, hiking. I bought new workout clothes to "wick away moisture" which seemed like a good thing to do, and something called a runner's belt. Who knew such a thing existed? Anyway, the point is that I've committed to the training and to the run in June. I've invested in it. I've spent too much money and told too many people NOT to complete this goal

What I hadn't remotely thought about, and here is where the other sort of commitment comes into play, is what happens the day after the 5K?
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