It sounded like a good idea at the time.

So, back in the day (pre-Monkey, pre-Duhdee for that matter), I used to run.  I loved running, I’d run 4 miles every morning before setting out on the rest of my day.  It cleared my head, reduced stress…it made me feel strong and healthy.  Then I stopped.

Duhdee and I moved in together and my commute doubled.  Suddenly there seemed to be no time for a run.  Then along came Monkey and time was in even shorter supply.  More than that though I no longer felt strong enough to run for any distance.  I was tired, I was out of shape, I was unmotivated.  I kept saying I needed to start again but I never did.

Last week a co-worker mentioned that she and another co-worker were in a “friendly” competition to loose weight by December.  She was going to start running to help the process along.  I was shocked when my mouth opened and I said “Oh, OK.  Do you want to run together after work sometimes?”  and she had the freaking nerve to say “Sure!”  What have I done?!

So, on Monday, during our lunch break we went to Marathon Sports and had gait analysis done and then we each bought a new pair of running shoes.  In a fit of madness motivation I suggested to Duhdee that he join me in a training program called “Couch to 5K” in preparation for a 5K that my firm participates in each year.   Once he agreed I mentioned it to my co-worker.  She’s reluctantly on board as well.  What have I done?!

This morning another co-worker (the one who is also involved in the weight loss competition) was informed of our plan to run in a 5K next spring and she suggested we run in one this fall as soon as we finish our 9 week training program.  No reason to wait, she said.  Right!  So.  We now have 3 5Ks up for debate starting 10 weeks from now!  I found the Fragile X 5K Road Race/Walk and I want to do that one.  I don’t think my co-worker will want to do that race so it now appears that Duhdee and I will be running in 2 of the 3 5Ks.  What have I done?!

Duhdee and I went on our first training run last night.  It was not fun and though that program looks easy, it’s much harder than I thought.   Tonight is training run #2 with my co-worker and I have shin splints from yesterday’s session.  This should be torture fun!

Can I just ask one more time, what have I done?!

3 thoughts on “It sounded like a good idea at the time.

  • August 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I’m so jealous!! 7 years ago, I would have be right there with you….something happened when I turned 30, and it didn’t improve when I got pregnant with Evan. I’m in the worst shape of my life! Ugh

    Way to go!

  • August 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hey! No laughing at the chick in pain :-p Tonight’s run was easier than last night’s. Last night I was the shorty having to run to keep up…tonight I was the one setting the pace. MUCH easier.


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