Just keep running. Just keep running.

When I was toward the end of my pregnancy with baby girl, I somehow got it in my head that I wanted to train for a 5K. For someone who has never run, who has never enjoyed running, who has never liked exercise…..this surprised…well…me. People who have been friends with me for a long time will recall that I would announce that “the only reason to run is if you are being chased.”

It seemed a bit daunting but I felt that a 5K was probably doable. Not too strenuous and I wouldn’t have to spend hours running.

Soon after I got it in my head that I wanted to run a 5K, I started to think that someday it might be fun to run a race at Disney World. I guess that I figured that adding the fun of Disney might make me enjoy the running, or at least not dislike the running. I shared that thought with Ryan. He agreed that it would be a good plan. My birthday present was an iPod and a card on which he wrote “if you run, we’ll fly” meaning that if I did the running, we would fly to Florida so I could do a Disney race.

*flash forward a year*

I did not get as much running/training done during baby girl’s first year. That first year of baby stuff is a tough one. Juggling baby girl, big girl, teaching, AND grad school classes meant that I had absolutely no time. But this summer, that changed.  I started doing a 5K training app and eventually I graduated from the 5K training and began the 10K. I still kind of have a hard time believing that I’ve been able to do this. I’ve noticed a difference in my energy level. I had noticed a difference in how my clothes were fitting…..until the holiday candies/foods started appearing in my kitchen. And, I’m doing all of this while raising money for Special Olympics. I’m actually looking forward to running. (Well….not every morning….some mornings I am definitely not looking forward to running. Especially now that the colder weather has appeared.)

I’m proud. I’m proud that I’m doing this. I’m proud that I’ve stuck to it. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for myself. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for my girls. And, I’m proud that I can do this for the athletes in Special Olympics.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising (any little bit helps!!), please click here. The link brings you to my fundraising page. I would also love to hear from anyone with stories about their training. How has it gone for you? What has been the hardest part? What has been the most amazing part?

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Just keep walking. Just keep walking.

I’ve been doing pretty good about keeping up with my running. Once the crazy summer heat dies down some, I’ll be doing more running during the week as well. Today it was super hot. It’s after 7:00pm and it still 84 degrees outside! Definitely not the type of weather that I want to move in, and definitely not move quickly. And I tried getting up early enough to run before going to work. That didn’t last long when I realized that I would have to get up at about 5:00am or earlier.

Ew.

So, I do lots of running on the weekends. And, I’m looking for some 5Ks to enter. As a first step toward that 5K, I am once again participating in the Walk to End Alzheimers. This is my second year doing the walk. Yea. Walk. Not run. But I am hoping that I might be able to do a little running during the walk….or at least a fast walk.

As a little sidenote: I am currently only $25 away from reaching my fundraising goal of $100.  If you wanted to donate, I definitely wouldn’t stop you. 🙂

You can reach my fundraising site here.  Let’s end Alzheimer’s! Because Alzheimer’s sucks.

A lot.