I never realized until this week how busy I’ve become since I decided to change my life & make fitness a priority. I don’t sit down on the couch the first minute I get home from work; I change into my gym clothes & put on my running shoes & head back out the door. I don’t turn on the television & spend hours & hours watching it. I don’t neglect household chores. I can finally say I ditched my lazy habits. Ever since I started my new athletic life, I have more energy than I’ve ever had before. I actually want to clean my apartment, & I don’t get tired after the first 15 minutes of doing so. I can stand at my sink & do my dishes without awful lower back pain from standing too long. I also enjoy shamelessly dancing around in my room to my favorite music. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, you really WERE lazy”. YES, I WAS!! & my body actually used to hurt any time I tried to do anything productive. Now, the pain is gone. Because I run for almost an hour at a time, I don’t have lower back pain from standing at my sink for too long. It is AMAZING how your body responds to regular exercise. I wish I would have known earlier, but I’m glad I know now. If I could tell anyone anything that has regular body aches & pains like I used to; I would tell them to EXERCISE!! It will be painful & tiring at first, but it will be so worth it & those aches & pains you used to have will be gone. This comes from my own experience!
Monday night was the Full/Half marathon information session – I wasn’t as intimidated as I thought I was going to be. There are a few races that are a part of our training (which I think I’m looking forward to the most) – & one of them is in February.. & it’s a 10 miler!! I think that was just about the only thing that intimidated me, because it was so soon. This week it has been absolutely frigid! But because I’m so COMMITTED I ran twice this week so far. I’ve noticed as long as you layer & bundle up, it’s not too bad. I may be speaking to soon, as I have yet to run when there is snow on the ground!
Me, myself & I got myself to 5k status. Without this training program, the coaches, & the other people involved, there is no way I would be able to get to 13.1 on my own. I am so ready for the challenge.