yes, you read that right. I said run. with my own name attached. like the exercise kind of “run”. me. the girl who hates to exercise. the one who’s version of a workout usually involves lifting heavy shopping bags, taking a stroll around the outlets and then repeatedly lifting a margarita to her lips. to say I’m not a runner – gross understatement.
time to share my little secret: I’ve totally been running.
now let’s not get all ahead of ourselves. I’ve been doing Couch to 5k and so when I say I’ve been running, I mean that I’ve been alternating running and walking and I’m up to 3 minutes at a stretch. but still, I’m doing it. I had a little blip with getting sick, so I did the first couple of weeks, then had to take 2 1/2 very frustrating weeks off from working out because of my asthma. yesterday, I hit the gym for the first time since, decided to take it easy due to my breathing but ended up running 1.65 miles and hitting my best pace yet. I even took my workout stuff to DC with me a couple of weeks ago and when I checked into the hotel, had a first – I asked where the fitness center was. then I used it. holy shit.
here’s the craziest part – I like it. In fact, I love it. I can totally do this. I feel great. I look forward to working out. every time I run, I surprise myself with what I can do. i’m getting stronger and there’s already a little less of me. and yeah, I love it. that surprises me the most.
wait, who am I?
I am a runner, it would seem. I signed up for my first 5k – Run MS, on October 26. you know – for Paula. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the shit I will do for her and that damned MS. apparently, that now includes running a 5k. ok – for me too. I needed the motivation to exercise. several friends (knitters most of them, coincidentally) have done C25k and had great success. so one night, I asked Sarah about it and mentioned that maybe I would do C25k and then do Run MS. I forgot that Sarah’s sister has MS and that she has a long standing Walk MS team in NH and that they both know Paula. then, something wonderful happened – Sarah’s and my little FB conversation exploded, our 2 Walk MS teams – Pirate Robots and Kayte’s Cronies – joined forces and Team Pirate Cronies was born. there was no out then. I am in this.
I think it really hit me this afternoon. when I got home from the gym, I started looking online for another 5k to do, in November. I even thought about the Manchester Road Race, a big turkey day tradition around here. I don’t want to lose momentum after the first one. I like it too much to stop. who knew???