No Axe Wielding Zombies Needed. #CleverTryNew

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I hate running.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. I hate running.

There was a time when I swore up one side and down the other that the only way you would get me to run more than 20 feet was if you were an axe wielding zombie and wanted to eat my brain. And let’s be honest. Even at that I would probably only last 100 feet and then just give up, asking you to get it over with quickly.

So imagine my surprise when I woke up on my 32nd birthday and realized that I needed to make a change. I made a pledge to myself to change my life by leading a healthier one. I also opened my big mouth to my friends about maybe signing up to run a 5k. Can I just say, if you have in shape friends who visit a gym regularly, telling them you are thinking about running a 5k is not smart. The ring leader of this group took it upon herself to create a team to run said 5k. It was now time to put my money where my mouth was. But by golly, I wasn’t going to do it alone so I signed my husband up with me. 🙂

When all was said and done 3 of my closest friends and their husbands all signed up. Now it was time to start training.

In eight weeks I lost close to 20lbs by, guess what, RUNNING! Who would have thought THAT was a side effect?!?

runningI also discovered something else. I actually enjoy it! Sure it hurts my joints and feeling my flab bounce around is less than entertaining, but I honest to God enjoy it.

My headphones go in my ears, my tunes start to blast and I’m nobody’s mama for an hour. I don’t have to think about anything or anyone. The only thing I have to worry about is making sure I don’t get lost or step in a pothole. (Of course when I’m on the treadmill neither of those is a concern.) Instead I’m just another slightly overweight woman huffin’ and puffin’ along the side of the road with a bright red face and jiggling behind. I’m me.

This Sunday, I’ll be running in my first ever 5k. I’m looking forward to it with determination, excitement, and a little bit of fear.

So, I challenge you. Try something new, no matter what it is. You might discover not just something you like, but also yourself!

Comments

  1. Anne-Marie A says:

    Good Luck Tina! you’ll do great!

  2. Good for you! I also hate running. I took it up after Oscar was born and ran a couple 5ks but I decided that I still hated it with the fire-y passion of 1000 suns so I switched to swimming. I LOVE swimming 😉
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  3. YES!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS! Way to freakin’ go! From a fellow runner, I hope you continue after your 5k! What about a 10K next?? 🙂
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  4. You are going to ROCK this 5k!! I love running and love when others discover that love too. You go, girl!
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  5. You really are a rock star!
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  6. Oh my goodness – congrats and good luck! I am super impressed Tina! I agree, trying new things shouldn’t always be scary, especially when they are for our health.

    Have fun!

  7. Oh my goodness – congrats and good luck! I am super impressed Tina! I agree, trying new things shouldn’t always be scary, especially when they are for our health.

    Have fun!

  8. What an inspiration! Good luck on your 5k this Sunday 🙂
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  9. Parenting and doing the best we can says:

    Hi, loved your post,I believe time out to clear your head is hugely important and all parents should take this into consideration, our mood improves with exercize and so does our patience. Congratulations!
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  10. Love, love, LOVE when you said this….”My headphones go in my ears, my tunes start to blast and I’m nobody’s mama for an hour.” I struggle with a love hate relationship w/running and your post has made me think about it in a different way. Great post, and wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on this weekend! Love to see you over at my blosg http://shallowocity.blogspot.com

    CHEERS!
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  11. Congratulations! I know you will do well. I applaud you for taking on this new lifestyle as well!
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  12. Good for you! A 5k is a great goal.
    My bouncing flab scares me. I need to get over it and pull out the Tae Bo DVD gathering dust.
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