I have a goal of running a 5k.
Why the heck did I set this goal? I have no idea. Temporary insanity.
If you love running, I am in awe of you. Seriously. But, I really just don't. I'm an asthmatic who views running as almost as bad as the pains of h-e-double hockeysticks. Even when I was in the best shape in my life, running was a struggle. I love dancing, and I can shake it for an hour, but there are breaks to for me to catch my breath....running, on the other hand-- is relentless. Unless I stop every few minutes to walk, I'm toast.
Though I set this goal, I am really good at not making any steps toward achieving it.
It's not that I don't care about my health or exercising...I actually really do! I try to get in at least a half hour of physical activity 5 days a week. But, don't think I'm hard core, cause I'm not. I love to work out with ladies from my church in the mornings (We laugh really hard at each other while busting out moves from 80's workout videos as our toddlers chase each other around the building.) I go to once-a-week dance class (love it!) and go for brisk walks pushing my son in a stroller, but running? Nooope.
|You've probably seen this...still funny! *rjthinks.com|
Running and I have had a strained relationship ever since then.
Since I made this 5k goal, I've been very good at ignoring it. Besides the fact that I don't like to run, I can't stand the idea of paying someone else 15 or 20 bucks so that I get to do something I hate. (Does that seem like crazy thinking to anyone else? Maybe if they payed ME to run my attitude would improve.) Though I do think it is cool that many races are raising money for good causes.
But yesterday, my husband brought home a flier for a Halloween Costume 5k that he is helping with, and it's only $5. AWWWWW crap. There goes the money excuse. And, he's already going, plus I LOVE wearing Halloween costumes...and it actually sounds hilarious to see all the costumed people running in a huge pack. I guess I can no longer ignore my goal.
SO. As much as it pains me, I am publicly announcing to all of my friends here at SOM that I am running Pocatello's Halloween 5k. I just gotta figure out what to dress up as. Pocatello friends, who's with me!? (Maybe I'll even do my psycho gazelle leap in the race! You know you wanna see it! Ha!)
Let the torture (ha...oops, I mean training) begin.
How about you? Are you a runner? I'd love to understand, why do you love it? Or do you run despite not enjoying it? Any tips for a non-runner to get started? Especially you peeps with asthma...any running tips?