What? That's never happened to you? Well, it has to me on numerous occassions. And, this most recent one is a doozy (for me anyway).
On Sunday we had dinner at my parent's house to celebrate some family Fall birthdays. My sister, Lorinda, who has also recently lost weight asked me (ME!) if I would run a 5K with her on Thanksgiving morning!
Actually, it's Lorinda's friend Missy (who has also recently lost weight) who got Lorinda involved. And, Lorinda figured the more people she could get to do it, the more likely she was to follow through with it.
You know, I read these inspiring stories all the time about people who decide to make healthy changes in their life and they sign up to do stuff (like run a 5K!) that they never thought they could do before. And, they do it and it just motivates them to push through to the next challenge and the next....until they become 'a former couch potato turned athletic individual'.
This is what I had in mind when I said, 'Sure!'.
It wasn't until I came home that night that I started to think about what would actually be involved in preparing for a 5K. For a person such as myself who pretty much has a nonexistant exercise routine, there would be some, gasp, training involved.
I talked to my husband yesterday about when might be the best time for me to get out of the house without children to do this training. We agreed that when he comes home over lunchtime I could get out and do my running/walking.
Today was the first day.
I learned that I'm way out of shape. Actually, I already knew this. It was just confirmed.
But, I met my goal. I ran to my first landmark goal down the road and walked back.
I thought I'd commemorate the first day by recording how I look now. And, hopefully I'll look back on Thanksgiving Day and see some changes. (Please note I am not particularly photgenic to begin with. And, these were taken after my first 'workout' when I'm looking & feeling a little bedraggled.)
Here I am on the 1st day of November...less than a month to train!
But, I'm excited. No, really.....
I am excited!
Wait. How's this for convincing?
Wish me luck folks. I think I'm going to need it.