Running. Again.

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A little under a week ago, a friend asked me to run in a 5K taking place on June 4th.  She’s part of Girls On the Run– an organization I’ve heard wonderful things about, so I jumped at the opportunity to help out as a running buddy.

The problem? I haven’t run in almost a year.

I’ve talked about my love/hate relationship with running before- I love the idea of it, but lordy, I hate the reality of it.  But I committed myself to this 5K.  These girls need a running buddy and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders down. I was very honest with my friend about my skill level- I very well may not be able to run the full 5K with only 2 weeks of training, but I’d do what I could get myself ready and I’d give it my all.

Given how much I dislike running, I’m trying to set myself up for success.  For me, that means I need someone to buddy with to keep me accountable.  My dear friend Amy was kind enough to volunteer to meet me 3x a week at 5 am to run (note: the time choice was hers, not mine) so today we started.  It was 46 degrees and dark outside when we got to the running trail and frankly, I was marveling over how crazy 2 30-somethings could be. Shouldn’t we know better? But you know what, it was great! Amy ran with me for as long as I could even though she could have easily lapped me a few times over in the time it took me to run that mile.

When it was all over, I felt awesome. I feel like I’m finally trying to climb this huge mountain I never thought I could get over. I may never, ever like running and I may not be able to run the full 5K in less then two weeks- but hopefully by setting these goals and having someone hold me accountable, I’ll finally keep at it.  I want to be a good role model for my kids- I want them to two see healthy, active parents who do what they can to live a long life.  I want them to see us moving our bodies every day and to mimic that behavior. I want exercise to be the norm, not the exception in our house hold.  Hopefully today was the first step in making those wishes a reality.

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About Heather

I adore my family, writing, books, cats, lazy mornings in bed, and chocolate. I'll never say no to breakfast for dinner, long talks with friends and lazy summer days at the pool with family. I've somehow morphed into a crazy sports mom, a skier and someone who lifts weights. My life is often crazy, always awesome and one I'm so happy to be living!

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