Friday, September 2, 2011

Half Training!

Well I haven't exactly been regular in my posting like I promised, but I have been making progress behind the scenes! I started my half marathon training group on Sunday with a 5 MILE RUN (well, to be honest, walk/run, since my summer hiatus from running and um, general 24-hour buffet attitude). It was AWESOME! 

I will share a secret - it's a little sad and pathetic, but it's where I was at the time. I have been looking forward to signing up for this group forever. I had wanted to do the summer trail running group, but they did not offer it this year, so I could not wait for this group to start - I knew that I needed the accountability and sociability of a running group! But funds were tight and I am a bit of a procrastinator, so I waited until the very last minute to go in and sign up...and the group was full. With a waiting list. And I am embarrassed to admit (this is the pathetic part) that I actually started to cry, right there in the store, with my 8-year old standing next to me. Then through my tears and snuffles, I begged him to please add me to the waiting list, which he kindly did. On Wednesday, I got an email saying there was space for me, and I honestly (really, truly, honestly) think that was the happiest moment I had had in months - it has been a rough few months!

So now I am running again! With a group. That includes fantastic people I met in my spring running group. And I is HAPPPPPEEEEEEEEEE!!! It seems crazy to me, though maybe it shouldn't, that this has become such a HUGE part of my life and happiness in such a short amount of time. A year ago I was a couch potato. I HATED exercise. I HATED to sweat in public. I kind of just hated to get off the couch (except for meals, but, come to think of it I ate a lot of those on the couch, too). I am so crazy grateful for that lucky day I got a hair up my butt to do something different and stumbled across C25K, and for everything running has done for me.

Now I do have to admit that I haven't made any fantastic changes in my eating habits...yet! But I know that as I train, I will naturally start to gravitate toward better and more healthful choices, so I'm kind of taking things one step at a time, which is a lesson I am working on in all areas of my life right now. I'm good with where I am, and where I am, by the way, is 2.5 pounds lighter than I was on Sunday! I will also admit that I had refused to get on the scale for quite some time out of sheer terror, but I had to go to the doctor last week so that was kind of the end of that. And it was depressing, and frustrating, and all of that stuff, but I am ok with it. I am officially back on the wagon. And this time, I'm going to take pictures!

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