Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Running is FUN!

Ok, I'm actually slightly kidding with the above title.  I'm sure it is fun- for some people.  I, unfortunately, am not exactly one of those people.  Don't get me wrong- I love to be outside.  I don't even mind to sweat-well, if my hair isn't in my face.  I just am not one of those people who has a few spare moments and thinks "hey, I think I'll go run or do an insane workout video."  I so wish I was one of those people.  I really do. 

Last summer, several of my friends and I did Zumba five days a week in town.  I loved it.  It is harder than you'd think, but it is really fun.  Yes, I said it.  It's fun.  When school started, it was just too hard for me to do it since I have a two year old that needs to go to bed fairly early.  Apparently it was too hard for everyone else, too, because they all stopped doing it as well. 

I need to lose a few pounds.  Ok, let's be really honest here.  More than a few.  I have been eating healthier.  Yesterday Tiffany and I did Zumba at her house.  We sweated.  We laughed at how silly we looked. We laughed harder at the fact that neither one of us can do "booty circles" very well.  It was fun.  I actually do enjoy Zumba. 
This morning I had an idea that I've had numerous times before.  It was "hey, I want to run in a 5K", and then I think of how cool it'd be.  I envision myself running.  I really do.  I don't even envision myself winning or anything.   Crossing the finish line without needing oxygen would be a major feat.  Then I continue on my merry way and I never actually run. 

Here's how today was different. 

I involved my friends.  I said to two of them - Hey, let's do this.  They both immediately said that I was crazy.  Then they said they were in. 

I've been talking them into things for years. 

Then it went viral.  My bestie's sister wanted in.  Then Mindy's sister wanted in, too.  Then Sarah and then Abra.  Then my stellar boyfriend said that he wanted to, also. 

My bf actually used to be a runner.  He used to run 5 miles a day.  He's one of those people that thinks running is fun.  One of those people that I want to be. 

Anyway, with all this support and camraderie, surely I will actually be able to make this goal a reality. 

So, today we started Couch to 5K. It almost killed me.  It was hard.  I almost had to call for oxygen numerous times.  But, we made it.  Tiff is a great motivator.  We pushed Jos and P in the strollers, which made it slightly harder.  Tomorrow we are doing Zumba again and then on Thursday we're back to running. 
I'm excited. 

I can do this.