If I Can Do It, You Can Too!

I admit it, I've totally fallen away from my days of being a runner - I'm pretty much back to starting at square one.  In fact, after a recent (very painful) 2 1/2 mile run, I found myself thinking "I don't even remember what it felt like to be able to run a half marathon!  I can't believe I did that!  DID I do that??"  I promptly came home and paid $15 for the photo of me trudging along the race course.  It's on my bulletin board as a reminder to myself of what I'm capable of (that's it up there - notice how white my lips are - all my blood was screaming at my from my throbbing lower extremities).

So I'm back to the beginning.  I want to get in shape.  I want to lose 10-20 pounds.  I really can't think of a better way to do that than to start running again.  It's cheap.  It's effective.  It feels good (once I'm back in shape).  Heck, I think I even have part of a John Grisham novel waiting for me on my iPod!

PS.  After the race, several of you wrote and asked me how I trained for it.  I just finished up an eHow article which details what I did to get ready for the big day.  Go check it out if you're interested.  And hey - if you're starting a running program, drop me a line!  I love to hear people's inspirational stories :)

Lana  – (7/23/2009 07:26:00 PM)  

Whohoo! You can do it! Nice idea of hearing a novel and running...

Blessings to you!!!

Unknown  – (7/23/2009 08:13:00 PM)  

Good for you. I would love to just try and do a 10K at this point. I'm always at a stop after 3 miles.

I'm gonna check out your article.

Jessica  – (7/24/2009 08:20:00 AM)  

This post will be of no help to you as I can't quite make it past the one mile marker, but I have lost about 10 lbs in the last couple months by just journaling what I eat...quite enlightening. Well, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't working out at all, but it's mostly weight training...cardio just sucks!

After saying all that, though, I am going to try to get back out on the road in those nice new Brooks I bought...I'll let you know if I ever make it past a mile.

Daiquiri  – (7/24/2009 08:48:00 AM)  

Jessica - you can TOTALLY get past a mile. It might just be *two steps* past a mile today, and then four steps the next, and 6 the next...but you will absolutely be able to do it if you want to. Seriously, I never dreamed I'd do ANYTHING for 13 miles. If you push yourself to do something you never dreamed you could do...you'll be amazed by what your capable of!

Missie  – (7/24/2009 03:22:00 PM)  

Sorry. I am still laughing after the "..you can too" statement.

I've often thought about becoming a runner, only to reject the thoughts after realizing I would have to run.

Rachel Beran  – (7/25/2009 08:19:00 AM)  

Thanks for the inspiration. I have been rolling the idea around in my head lately...running. Why is running so much harder than it seems like it should be?! I will check out your ehow article.

Jessica  – (7/26/2009 06:06:00 PM)  

Missie...lol. Yes, running involves, you know, running.

Daiquiri, unlike my dear friend above, you inspire me. Two steps it is! Is that two running steps?

karissa –   – (7/26/2009 07:40:00 PM)  

i miss you!karissa

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