Thursday, February 23, 2012

Run, Leslie! Run! has been awhile. I had forgotten what it felt like to write a blog post. Considering I haven't written anything in  several months, I probably don't have any readers. That's ok.

I have decided that I want to run a 5K. This is a big deal. It is a REALLY big deal. In school, I could never run the 1-mile run that we were supposed to do each year in P.E. I always started out running, but about 10 or 15 feet in, I had hit my wall and would start walking. I was ALWAYS the last person to cross the finish line. ALWAYS.

I was also always a chubby kid growing up. I could never sit with my knees pulled up to my chest, or make it across the monkey bars, or do a cartwheel. I have many fond memories of fantasizing about not being fat. I remember I once thought how awesome it would be to lose a bunch of weight and wear a fat suit while I was doing it, and then just show up one day - skinny. Somehow, I always thought that would show all the mean kids. Like I would somehow be getting back at them. Vengeance is mine!

So this is where I find myself, at age 31, out of shape and overweight, but none of that is new. I have now had a few sessions of Couch-to-5K (C25K), and so far, well, at least I'm not dead. I just keep telling myself over and over again - I can do this. I can do this. I can do hard things. As I'm jogging around the makeshift track I made out of desks in my tiny classroom, I'm telling myself this IS possible.

Here are the reasons I have previously believed this was NOT possible:

1. I'm out of shape.
2. I have plantar fasciitis. And heel spurs. And crooked metatarsals.
3. I'm about 100 pounds overweight. (shhhhh, that one's a secret)

I've tried to come up with other (physical) reasons why I could not do this, and there really aren't any. They are all psychological

So what am I going to do about it?

Here are the reasons that this HAS TO BE possible:

1. I'm out of shape - so what? What better way to get in shape than by DOING IT??
2. Losing weight will take care of most of my foot (feet?) problems (except take care of the fact that they are ugly, and that I have crooked bones).
3. Duh. If I want to lose weight, I have to do this.

So here I am on day 4 of C25K.

I am going to do this.

I CAN do this.

I WILL do this.

.......So I should probably get rid of the talking cookies in the background, eh?


Katie Leigh said...

Of course you still have a reader! Mostly because I use your blog to look at other food blogs when I'm trying to waste time at work . . . but whatever, right?

And of course you can do hard things! And you can do this, too!

Halle said...

I read your blog and I love it! And I also know that you CAN totally do this 5K. Take it one day at a time and continue working at it, even when it seems impossible. It will eventually all add up and you'll be a 5K runner in no time!!

Sending you well wishes,

La Chica Bakerita said...

Thanks guys! Both for reading and for the encouragement! :-)

Natalie said...

I did c25K back in 2010 and ran the St. Jude 5K. I'm a lot like you. I'd never run that far in MY LIFE. I pushed myself all the way through that program and I'm a believer. I didn't want to fill up my family blog with it so I put a note on fb after every run. (Remember notes on FB do they still exist?) Anyway! Good luck! You can do it!