My resolution for 2015 is Fit Not Fat in '15. I care about my weight (and the losing thereof), yes (obviously), but I want to FEEL GOOD. I want to feel like I'm FIT. And the last time I truly remember feeling that way was when my Sis and I were training for our very first half marathon back in 2007 (OMG). I remember back then when I had a 6, 3 and 2 year old (double OMG) that I felt confident. Strong. And secure in knowing that I could run for over 2 hours straight. My nutrition was on point because I was training for a goal. Don't get me wrong, I mean, I definitely learned the hard way that eating a bag of Doritos before a long run wasn't the best idea. (Same for Mexican food.) (Same for drinking too much the night before.)
I've let myself slip in the 7 years since. I have run two more half marathons since, but my finish time has gotten progressively slower each race. 2:03, then 2:09, then 2:24. Yuck. But still. I ran them. My 2:24 was in June of 2012. So 2-1/2 years ago was the last time I ran a half. There have been 2 others that I actually signed up (and paid for), but I didn't run them. Injury and fear and lack of training and self-sabotage kept me on the sidelines.
I'm over it. I'm ready to recommit.
In conjunction with this great organization, I have committed to a half marathon training program, culminating in a race on March 29th of this year. There are classes. Yoga. A weekly training program. Group long runs every Saturday morning. It's exactly what I needed to hold me accountable. Which I so desperately require.
Last night was the kick-off meeting. I went in, not knowing what to expect at all. You guys, I left there totally motivated, energized, and excited about what's to come in the next few months. The guest speaker was Rick Muhr. He was a compelling motivational speaker who is currently training THOUSANDS of runners for April's Boston Marathon. There's something to be said about running keeping you young, man. Because this dude looked mayyyyybe 40, and he's 56!
(Did I ever tell you that my LIFE GOAL is to run a full marathon? And that I feel uncomfortably uneasy, in a good way, that THIS YEAR might be my year?)
Pretend I didn't just say that though. I don't want to jinx myself.
You know what has gotten me to this path? I mean, besides feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, and knowing I could and should be doing better?
'Tis true. My Sis has completely turned her life around and it has been inspiring to witness. This past fall, she ran not one, but TWO FULL MARATHONS. Once she did her first, she was hooked. Her third is coming up in February. On the Cape. In the winter. Crazy, I know, but she's truly that invested. And to see the differences that running has made in her life, both mentally and physically, has made me say, all When Harry Met Sally-esque, "I'll have what SHE'S having!"
More to come. Not just about running either. About life in the Trenches lately. And about our new puppy. And sports. Always sports.
Stay tuned! I'm back!