Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Motivate me...

Several years ago, I ran a half marathon. I trained for months and although I never thought I'd be able to do it, I did. I ran across that finish line and I was so proud of myself.

I was never a runner. In fact, I always hated running, but at the time I had incredible motivation in the form of a friend with cancer...who ran a full marathon the day I ran my half. After all...if she could do it, so could I.

Once the race was over, I was done...I'd proven I could do it and I didn't want to run any more. For a long time I was still dragging my butt to the gym several times a week...but now that's all over. I haven't been to gym. I haven't gone running. Hell...I don't even like to walk up the stairs at the train station if the escalator is working.

But enough is enough. I have to get myself back into shape. Spring is here and it's beautiful outside. There is a track less than a half mile from my house. I really have no excuses.

I've decided to do the couch-to-5K training program. I am five years older than my last turn as a runner and I still hate running. I have no delusions that I'm going to become some fantastic runner...but at the very least it will get me out of the house and moving more...which is exactly what I need. I'm also going to try yoga with the hopes that it will help me stretch out my poor, tired, sore muscles.

I'm open to any tips advice or suggestions that anyone has for me. And motivations...I'm going to need lots and lots of motivation. I have a feeling that I'm going to need all the help I can get on this quest for getting fit.


  1. I hear you! I am in the same boat. My advice would be, if you hate running, and never loved it, dont do it. Find something that you LOVE, thats what will keep you going back for more. Try anything and everything that might interest you and you might be surprised at what sticks. Good luck to you!

  2. I used to hate running. Now I kind of like it, kind of. It makes it better when you can run 2 miles without feeling like you want to die. My best advice is to start really slow and set small goals for yourself. The first time I ran (aka slow jogged) 5 miles, I felt like the biggest winner ever (even though it took me forever).

  3. I HATE running. I associate it with punishment when I played sports. Now I do the elliptical, Zumba, kickboxing, and anything else more entertaining and interesting. But, you can't beat the calorie burn of running!

  4. I look forward to reading all these suggestions too - I have wanted to take up running but something {myself} always stops me. With the weather getting too warm here quickly I might have to postpone until fall but I really want to do this for myself!! You can do it girl - you've done it before that's half the battle :)

  5. I completely agree with Jaime. I did the half-marathon thing because Neal wanted to do it when he came home from Iraq. Also, he was Iron Man in the flesh and had been working out like 83 hours a day when he wasn't on a mission. And I had been eating chocolate and drinking wine for a year. But I trained with him and we did it. But he loves running...or at least doesn't mind it. Not only do I hate, my body hates it. So, I decided last year that there was no point in making myself do something that was supposedly so good for it. And I have never regretted that decision. I love walking. I love walking fast. And in Rome, they have a Speedwalking race every year. I wish we could make that popular in the states. But when I saw those speedwalkers in that park in Rome, it was an ah-ha moment of "look! It's totally fine to just walk. Walk really, really fast." And that's what I've been doing. Find something you love and it will become part of your day. Force yourself to do it and you won't stick to it. Been there, done that, have the flabby thighs to prove it.