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  Week of 11/24/2011 - Featured Blog Post

It All Started with One Race Last Year

My blog was inspired by a comment that I left on Sparkguy's (Chris) 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge blog. This is what I wrote:

"I enjoyed your blog. Thank you for sharing. You are sharing how just getting outside and kicking the ball around for a few minutes with your family or a burst of cardio can make a difference. I will try to incorporate 10 minutes of fitness a day, with my children, to help them acknowledge early on the importance of exercise (and I get to play with them).

I used to run many many moons ago (in high school and some in college), but I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed running until I started reading SparkPeople member blogs about running a 5k or 10k. I went to my local running store got fitted for shoes and I have been running ever since. I did the 5k Turkey Trot, here in Miami, last year and this year I am running the 10k. I will run my 1st half marathon in March - I just turned 40."

The Turkey Trot here in Miami last year, was a jump start to my decision to start running again. I had pretty much given up on exercising here because it is so hot most of the year. I was content to just get out there and "walk the pounds away." But then, seeing all the people, hearing the music and nervously waiting for the gun to start the race brought back happy memories of my old running days. So much, that I was already planning my next 5k on the walk back to my car. After feeling confident from running a couple of 5kís, my next quest was to run a 10k. I did that in May. Who knew running was so much fun. I did, and also a couple of thousand runners here on Spark who share their good and bad run recaps.

I take the time to read the articles and other SparkPeople membersí blogs. There is some great information on this website. And so I have found the courage to talk myself into doing something I have NEVER done before - sign up to run a half marathon. That goal will be met in March 2012. And to think it all started with one race.

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