Monday, April 23, 2012

I don't do that.

Back in November of last year I started taking exercise seriously. Embracing it a lifestyle.
Granted some days I dread it. I try to find an excuse not to do it. And on those days I will text or call a friend I know will encourage me to do it. On the days I really don't want to do it I will text or call a friend who will tell me to take a nap. (A good friend like that is hard to find.)
It's so wonderful to have people around me (in real life or in the url) I know will say something to get me motivated, to keep me accountable. I am so grateful for that.

Two of those people who motivated me are runners, and they run a lot.

I said I would never run.
I don't do that.
I hate running.
I would cheer people on from the sidelines all day long, but don't ask me to do it.
I don't run.

Well, Mr. Wonderful started Couch to 5k about 2 months ago. That worked for me. He could run, and I would do my workout DVDs. Then a few weeks ago we went to the beach and Robbie wanted to go for a run. I wanted to go too. I don't know, I just felt like I wanted to do it. I was so afraid I'd look like an idiot. I didn't have any proper running clothes (working out at home allows you to wear things you wouldn't dare be seen in at the gym... think lime green yoga capris that may or may not be a size too small and a 15 year old tie-die shirt). Thankfully, Target is stocked with all your running needs. I still went capri because let's face it, running shorts are made for those women who run and remember I don't run. And y'all, I did it.
I ran for 16 minutes and walked for 20 minutes (it's intervals of running and walking). After my 2nd run which was 5 minutes I thought I was going to die. Literally fall down on the ground and die, but somehow after my walk interval I was able to get some energy and finish the whole thing with him. It was so exciting and encouraging. Something I said I couldn't do, I would never do, I did.
And then for the next three days I could barely walk. For real.

So as of last week I started the Couch to 5k myself. I won't be going all hardcore runner like Ruthanne is, but I have a goal to run a 5k this summer.

Is there something you said you don't do or would never do?
Maybe you should reconsider.